Art money plen­ti­ful for re­gions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEATURE -

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:// art­­gional-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:// nat­si­aadigi­ti­sa­

For an en­try form con­tact the Ex­hi­bi­tion Co­or­di­na­tor at the Mu­seum and Art Gallery of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, 08 8999 8287, email nat­, or visit­siaa.

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