Outback Arts’ ‘Living Arts and Culture’ project has been funded by the Regional Arts Fund!
‘Living Arts & Culture’ will engage the talent of Aboriginal photographer Mervyn Bishop to capture the portraits of Elders and artists in Far West NSW. We will also engage people to work with Mervyn to record the contemporary life of the participants, telling their stories, their art-making practice, and their struggles and triumphs as contemporary Aboriginal people keeping culture alive in outback NSW.
The project will produce an exhibition and publication that records the stories of regional Aboriginal Elders and artists living in the Far West communities of Cobar, Bourke, Warren, Coonamble, Walgett and Lightning Ridge. Living Arts & Culture will raise the profile of regional and remote Aboriginal Artists and the arts activity that is alive in Far Western NSW. There is currently no documentation of this kind for the area.
RAF will also be supporting 12 other new projects across NSW in 2018. The fund, provided by the Australian Government will pour $316,550 into support for these new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales. The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, theatre, screen, circus, visual arts and ephemeral, digital and public art. Communities across the state including Bathurst, Lismore, Tamworth, Walcha, Armidale, Manning Valley, Albury, the Mid North Coast, Bega and Coonabarabran will benefit from this funding.
Head to Regional Arts NSW website here to learn more!