Art money plentiful for regions
REGIONAL Queensland communities could receive between $5000 and $30,000 for their arts projects from Regional Arts Fund (RAF).
Round One applications for Community Project Grants close on Monday, March 17, for projects starting after July 1.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable, community-based cultural development in regional, remote and isolated areas of Australia. The fund has an emphasis on building capacity in disadvantaged, very remote indigenous communities.
‘‘If your community has a creative project that will provide opportunities for local artists and promote collaborative arts practice, we’d love to hear from you,’’ said Arthur Frame the CEO and artistic director at Artslink Queensland.
The Regional Arts Fund has supported numerous community arts pro- jects across regional Queensland, including last year’s project The Welcome Wall. $30,000 was awarded to the Cook Shire Council to support their multi-media community arts project which engaged 216 artists and participants to create a sculptural installation based on the theme, Why we love it up here. The installation is now displayed at the Cooktown Events Centre and serves as a constant reminder of the community’s unity and shared love of their ‘‘place’’.
‘‘Applications from regional communities that have a project idea, unique artistic strengths and can contribute to regional development, prosperity and well-being will again be highly regarded in 2014,’’ Mr Frame said.
The Regional Arts Fund is promoted and managed in Queensland by Artslink Queensland on behalf of the federal government. For more information about the Regional Arts Fund Community Projects Program, Quick Response Grants and to download the guidelines and application forms, visit website http:// artslinkqld.com.au/regional-arts/
And that’s not where the funding ends for indigenous artists – Telstra is calling for entries in its prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) with entries for the country’s only national Indigenous art award now open.
The award, which was established by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, recognises the contribution by indigenous artists and promotes an appreciation and understanding of the quality and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art throughout Australia, with support from principal sponsor Telstra.
Telstra area general manager for Far North Queensland, Amanda Albon, said this year’s awards would also include a new category.
‘‘The introduction of the Telstra Youth Award marks an exciting new chapter in the NATSIAA story as we encourage the participation of young artists between the ages of 18 and 25,’’ said Ms Albon.
Director of the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Mr Pierre Arpin said NATSIAA will celebrate its 31st year with its largest prize pool in history.
‘‘This year, the total prize pool has been boosted from $ 60,000 to $75,000 with the cash prize for the overall winner of the Telstra Award i ncreased f r om $ 40,000 to $50,000,’’ said Mr Arpin.
‘‘Last year we saw 250 entries from artists in urban and regional locations across a wide range of mediums, and we look forward to seeing the works and stories that will no doubt be uncovered through this year’s award,’’ he said.
The categories for the Telstra NATSIAA are: Telstra Award - $50,000; Telstra General Painting Award - $5000; Telstra Bark Painting Award - $5000; Telstra Work on Paper Award - $5000; Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (also sponsored by Telstra) - $5000; Telstra Youth Award - $5000.
Entries close on March 21, and the winners will be named on August 8.
The MAGNT will be presenting an online gallery of works again this year which have been acquired through the 31 year history of the Award including the 2013 winners, as well as more than 220 works from previous years online at http:// natsiaadigitisation.nt.gov.au
For an entry form contact the Exhibition Coordinator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 08 8999 8287, email email@example.com, or visit www.nt.gov.au/natsiaa.