Regional Western Australia will become a hive of arts and cultural activity thanks to three grant programs opening this month, as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
Made In WA will provide up to $150,000 for applications that support the creation and presentation of new performing arts work that is relevant to regional audiences and will be premiered in regional venues.
The Aboriginal Arts Commissioning Fund offers up to $300,000 for regional Aboriginal artists to develop new, large scale work in dance, music, writing, theatre craft or visual arts. The fund aims to encourage the expression and preservation of regional WA Aboriginal cultures, communities and identities.
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund offers up to $50,000 to support the presentation of arts and cultural activities at regional and remote festivals. The funding may assist with expenses such as travel, accommodation, salary, equipment hire or the delivery of community engagement activities as part of a festival.
All three grant programs open on September 30, 2020. Visit https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au for more information.
The RACIP will provide almost $20 million over four years to regional Western Australia.
As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
“These grant programs will provide valuable opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations to create new work, specifically for a regional audience.
“They will also support Aboriginal artists to share their stories through the creation of new works.”
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“The RACIP is continuing to build capacity in the regions and contribute to the liveability and vibrancy of regional communities.
“It also drives creativity and provides the opportunity for regional audiences to engage with new and unique performing and visual arts.”