Christmas bonus for arts projects
Monday, 6th January, 2014
By Emily Roberts
The Broken Hill Potters Society is among a number of local organisations that received funding from a Country Arts program.
The Society received $3,000 for a workshop by Melbourne potter Adriana Christianson.
The Support Program is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
“We found out we had received the funding just before Christmas,” president of the Society, Sandy Bright, said.
“It means we can bring a visiting potter out to Broken Hill.
“Adriana will help us learn about different techniques and help us to broaden the skills we already have.”
Mrs Bright said the Society has received funding before and it was good to be able to get it again.
“We are fairly isolated, so it is good to have outside influences helping us to diversify.
“We try to get a visiting potter out every year.”
Mrs Bright said Ms Christianson specialised in decorative pottery.
“It is very good for the society and I think it also great for the community,” she said. “All our members are really looking forward to the visit. There are so many different forms of decorating.”
The date for the workshop has yet to be finalised.
“We’re expecting it to be held in April,” Mrs Bright said.
She said the Society had been doing well and had picked up some new members last year.
“We are still running two classes on Tuesday and if people are interested they are more than welcome to attend,” she said.
It will be a big year for the Society with an exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery and some fundraising craft fairs.
The Murray-Darling Electorate was provided with $24,495 in funding from the Country Arts Support Program.
The Regional Art Gallery received $2,900 for two contemporary jewellery workshops by artist-in-residence, Melinda Young.
The Patton Village Community and Business Association Inc. received $3,000 for the Broken Hill Fringe Festival 2014, and the White Cliffs Music Festival got $3,000 to engage Blue Mountains Bluegrass performer, Karen Lynne and her band, to play at the festival and conduct workshops.
Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams said the program provides small grants to arts and community organisations, and arts councils in regional communities, for short-term projects.
“These projects involve the community and encourage people to engage with local arts and culture,” he said.
“They provide a range of exciting opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in the arts and learn new skills.”