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Grants for arts projects

Friday, 24th January, 2020

Jonathon Welch Jonathon Welch

Five community organisations in the Far West have been awarded cash grants for art projects this year.

The Broken Hill Philharmonic Society was awarded $4,918 to run a choral workshop with the renowned choral conductor and teacher Jonathon Welch.

The Broken Hill Potters Society won $2,900 for two sculpture workshops to be run by Adelaide sculptor Leah Metaxa. The works will be exhibited at the West Darling Arts Gallery in the Town Hall Facade.

The Broken Hill Repertory Society received $1,884 to host the Marian Street Theatre for a two-day drama workshop for young people.

Elsewhere, $4,210 was awarded for the 11th annual three-day White Cliffs Music Festival, and the Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association received $5,000 for a project that will tell the town’s story through art and community participation. 

In this project, families from the Milparinka district will come together to learn about local history and art interpretation under the instruction of former Broken Hill artist, Jodi Daley. They will then work with her to create a large  mural depicting the town’s history from indigenous times to exploration and settlement.

The money for the projects comes from the NSW Government’s Country Art Support Program (CASP) and the successful applicants were announced this month.

Each application submitted to CASP was assessed by a judging panel comprised of local people and coordinated by West Darling Arts in Broken Hill 

Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, said that $250,000 had been given out this year to support a wide range of community projects in country NSW.

“Large or small, this funding will strengthen regional and rural arts and cultural engagement, provide new training and employment opportunities across the state and create even more ways for areas to support their diverse local communities,” Mr Harwin said.

Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, said the standard of the arts projects was particularly high this year.

“This was an outstanding round of applications with innovative and creative projects from all across the state, many working in partnerships to address the issues facing regional communities,” said Ms Rogers. 

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