2016 CASP workshop pop up shop

2017 CASP recipients announced!

Community driven arts and cultural projects get the go ahead!

An exciting number of creative and cultural projects will be popping up all over the Outback Arts region in 2017 with the announcement of the successful recipients for the Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

This long-running funding program, administered by Outback Arts and Regional Arts NSW, gives regional people access to a diverse range of cultural programs each year and brings local opportunities which may otherwise have not been available. These projects help build creative and vibrant communities in regional areas.

With just over $17,000 in funding released into the community, Outback Arts’ Acting Executive Director Melissa Ryan says the range of projects promise to be very exciting and engaging.

“CASP is a significant investment by Arts NSW directly to regional areas. It is great initiative that provides regional communities and local people with an opportunity to create and realise project ideas involving arts and culture. Outback Arts is looking forward to seeing these projects develop over the coming year.”

Coonamble Arts Alive Society received funding for an overnight workshop to learn and practice night photography including painting with light, star trails, sunrise and sunset camera settings.

In Cobar, the Arts Council will bring Roman Rudnytsky to town to perform a classical piano recital. Roman will also present a special interactive performance of classical and modern music for the students of Cobar High School. The Cobar Shire Council was also successful in receiving funding to deliver a series of afternoon craft, art and creative workshops for the community. Led by local artists, the workshops will include leatherwork, calligraphy, painting, drawing and music.

Marra Creek Recreation Reserve Trust obtained funding to bring Millinery workshops to town. Led by Waltraud Reiner from ‘The Hatmobile’, participants will enjoy a three day millinery course, promoting mental health through creativity.

In the Walgett shire, the Burren Junction Public School P&C Association received funding for circus and dance workshops for the children of Burren Junction and surrounding schools, culminating in a school and community production at the end of 2017.

Congratulations to all groups involved and we look forward to seeing these projects come to life!

CASP is an Arts NSW devolved funding program administered by Outback Arts and Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The Country Arts Support Program will open in May 2017 for projects in 2018.

Image: Julie Paterson from Cloth visited Coonamble as ran a textile printing workshop as part of CASP 2016.