$160,000 Boost For Our Region To Deliver Arts And Culture Programs

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today announced funding of $160,000 from the NSW Government to help local arts and cultural organisations deliver their 2019 programs.

The Bundanon Trust, children’s circus training organisation Circus Monoxide and the Wollongong Art Gallery are three of 53 supported organisations sharing a total of $4,030,000 through Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Organisations Program funding to help organisations bring their offering to local audiences. The three will receive $60,000, $30,000 and $70,000 respectively.

“In addition to multi-year support provided across the sector, this investment will help a broad range of NSW arts and cultural organisations stage a huge variety of annual programs of events, exhibitions and performances for the State to enjoy year-round,” said Minister Harwin.

“This significant annual funding will help local organisations to improve on their offering, contribute to local employment and just as importantly, increase the number of opportunities for audiences to access and enjoy arts and culture locally.”

“I’m particularly pleased to note that nearly half of the overall funding will be delivered across regional NSW as a priority area for our arts, screen and culture investment” he said.

Mr Ward added, “We’re delighted that this funding will help our local arts and cultural organisations across the region to deliver their exciting 2019 activities. This support is crucial and I know that its outcomes will greatly benefit artists from across NSW and impact on the arts sector as a whole.”

Arts and Cultural Organisations Program funding from Create NSW supports NSW organisations with their annual programs of multiple activities and can be used to contribute to any aspect of their program. Applications for the 2018/19 round were assessed by three independent peer panels covering multi-arts, performing arts (including music) and visual arts, literature and museums.

For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au.