CASP funding announced for 2019!

An exciting number of creative and cultural projects will be popping up all over the Outback Arts region with the announcement of the successful recipients for the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) for 2019.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced that regional and rural arts organisations from around NSW are to benefit from nearly $259,000 in small-grant funding. Of that, just under $19,000 has been awarded to five projects within the Outback Arts region to support community arts and cultural development.

This long-running funding program gives regional people access to a diverse range of cultural programs each year and brings local opportunities which may otherwise have not been available. Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers said, “The successful applications clearly show how regional communities can develop and deliver so many different arts projects that create vitality in their local area.”

Outback Arts Executive Director Jamie-Lea Trindall said, “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, especially during these trying times. Outback Arts is looking forward to seeing these projects develop over the coming year.”

Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council received funding for their project Fabulous Fossils. Local artists and the community will develop a mural celebrating their history of mega-fauna and Aboriginal people co-existing in the Cuddie Springs area for more than 10,000 years.

In Cobar, the Shire Council have received funding to host coppersmithing workshops. Local artist Skye Bragg will be engaged to run a series of workshops as part of the inaugural Grey Mardi Gras festival in April 2019.

In the Coonamble Shire, the Coonamble Arts Alive Society will host a series of art workshops in the local community studio, covering topics such as acrylic, oil, water colour, foundations of art and design, art theory and history.

The Marra Creek Recreation Reserve Trust have secured funding for Skye Bragg to deliver a silversmith course.

Warren Arts Council’s project Weld this Way will also go ahead involving a local artist engaging the community in welding workshops developing artistic skills in garden art and sculpture.

CASP is a devolved funding program administered by Outback Arts and Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW.

For further information on the Create NSW Country Arts Support Program funds and other opportunities, including targeted support, contact Outback Arts on 02 6822 2484 or

Image: Some creations from a silversmith workshop with Skye Bragg.