IN REGIONAL ARTS FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR TASMANIA

The Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis has announced that funding for 10 projects totalling $66,708.30 will go to regional, rural and remote Tasmanian communities from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund delivered in Tasmania by Tasmanian Regional Arts.

President of Tasmanian Regional Arts Niecy Brown said, “The Regional Arts Fund is so valuable in supporting regionally based artists and communities to pursue their creative practices as it provides vital financial assistance.”

In this round funded projects are located throughout Tasmania, from Queenstown in the west, Carlton in the east, Hobart in the south and Latrobe in the north-west. Five major and five small projects have been approved by the Tasmanian Arts Assessment Panel.

“Creative processes supported include a community musical skills development, an inspired work for a youth choir, developmental work for an adult choir, creating stories into songs, illustrating culturally diverse children’s books, mentoring a young choreographer, designing a tourable set, circus opportunities at an alternative music festival and connecting school and art in the community. These successful projects celebrate the work of remote artists, diverse cultural discussions, skill development as well as projects supporting local community engagement,” Ms Brown said.

Specific projects funded in this round include:
• “The Mountain”: Crescendo Choir will commission Paul Jarman to create a three-piece choral song cycle. Inspired by Cradle Mountain and the romantic and colourful history of pioneers, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer and with input from members of choir.
• “Poetry can be made by all and not by one (Exquisite Corpse)”: Raymond Arnold will embark on a portfolio of published documents that reflect Landscape Art Research Queenstown’s artistic and design values, in trying to bring order, critical reception and publicity to such a concept. The program for 2014 involves nearly fifty artists with residencies, exhibitions and workshops. It will be all that’s tangible after a decade of hard work!

“One pleasing aspect is that once again 50 per cent of those successful were funded by Regional Arts Fund for the first time. This demonstrates that the programme continues to reach new artists and communities throughout Tasmania and encourages excellence into the future” added Ms Brown.

The Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia . The funding is targeted at activities that will have long term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities through the development of partnerships and cultural networks, by providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities, and by supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in, and access cultural activities. The Regional arts Fund has an emphasis on youth, disadvantaged, remote and Indigenous communities.

Closing date for the Round 1 2014 is 14th March 2014.
Contact: Eunice Horne, RAF Manager, on (03)6426 2344 or email at: grants@tasregionalarts.org.au
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ATTACHMENT ONE – Regional Arts Fund Announcements

Major Grants

The Mountain $10,000
The Crescendo Choir will bring renowned Australian composer Paul Jarman to Tasmania to create a three-piece choral song cycle inspired by Cradle Mountain and the romantic and colourful history of pioneers, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer. Paul will stay within the natural alpine environment of Cradle Valley for two weeks, where he will compose the choral work with input from members of the choir.
Crescendo Choir, Devonport

Alternative electronic music culture meets traditional circus art $7,000

In an experimental cross pollination of art and culture, Fractangular will partner with Circ’S’cool, Tasmania’s flying trapeze school, to develop and stage a major performance piece accompanied by flying trapeze workshops at the Fractangular Open Air Collaborative Gathering of the Arts.

Fractangular Open Air Collaborative Gathering of the Arts, Carlton

Poetry can be made by all and not by one (Exquisite Corpse) S10,000

Landscape Art Research Queenstown’s program for 2014 involves nearly fifty artists with residencies, exhibitions and workshops. In trying to bring order, critical reception and publicity to such a concept Raymond Arnold will embark on a portfolio of published documents that reflect Landscape Art Research Queenstown’s artistic and design values. It will be all that’s tangible after a decade of hard work!

Landscape Art Research Queenstown, Queenstown

Kids in Creative Community $6,316.3

An explosion of creativity and colour will greet residents and visitors in the regional town of Latrobe on the North West Coast of Tasmania. Under the inspirational direction of Paper Lantern artist Annie Brennan. Completed creations will be celebrated through public displays in local businesses. This creative energy will continue to flow at the unique ‘Local Artists Expo’ for a day of sharing and celebration of artistic skills with children.

Latrobe Primary School, Latrobe

Queer Narratives – from Story to Song $9,542
This project will develop narratives from the Tasmanian Lesbian Gay Bisexual Tranvestite Intersex community into a unique repertoire of original works commissioned from Tasmanian songwriters, poets, composers and arrangers. The process will be video-documented, and incorporate opportunities for audience involvement. As well as being performed by QTas choir, the works will be released online and publicised using free postcards and using social media.
QTas Choir, Hobart

SMALL PROJECTS

Lute Fest Tasmania 2014 $5,000

Lute Fest Tasmania will present international quality concerts and a range of engaging activities and workshops in regional areas. These will involve the whole community, focused on European music of the renaissance and baroque eras which is the cultural heritage of all Australians of European ancestry. The
purpose is for both community and individual development and will benefit members of the community of all musical knowledge and skill levels.

Susan Janet King, West Hobart

West Coast Singers: enhancing opportunities for musical development $4,500

In 2012 the newly formed West Coast Singers performed new material for the centenary of the North Lyell Disaster under the voluntary leadership of Rosebery choir master Kerrie Maguire. This project will support the continuation of the group by remunerating Kerrie to focus upon developing the choir and creating a new body of work based upon the historic Lake Margaret Power Station. The choir will help break down isolationism between west coast towns.

Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival Inc., Queenstown

RADICAL KID $5,000

Joshua Lowe will mentor emerging Tasmanian choreographer Angela Barnard during a new project that employs an innovative approach to engaging young people in dance. Both Joshua and Angela will explore the creation of new works in collaboration with local young people from the Hobart area. The project will also attempt to engage a wider range of young people through opportunities aimed at overcoming particular barriers and working in a way that is relevant to young people today.

Joshua Lowe, North Hobart

The Tasmanian Project $4,850
Blue Cow Theatre Inc. will design and construction tourable sets for the forthcoming production of The Tasmania Project (working title) and marketable documentation of the finished work.
Blue Cow Theatre Inc., North Hobart

When I was a Child in Sudan $4,500
The Tasmanian Writers Centre and the South Sudanese community project will publish two illustrated bilingual children’s picture books, titled ‘When I was a Boy in Sudan’ and ‘When I was a Girl in Sudan’. The books use the narratives developed from the oral tradition of the elders and translated in the Ma’di language and in English. This application is for the second stage of the project: to complete the illustration for the two books.
The Tasmanian Writers Centre, Hobart
President of Tasmanian Regional Arts Niecy Brown