Full House fund­ing to sup­port art

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Ararat dis­trict’s satel­lite com­mu­ni­ties are set to ben­e­fit from a $40,000 boost to Ararat Arts Precinct as part of Creative Vic­to­ria’s Full House pro­gram.

The fund­ing will lead to art projects reach­ing beyond Ararat Town Hall to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s smaller com­mu­ni­ties.

Projects will in­clude chil­dren’s work­shops and per­for­mances in sev­eral com­mu­nity halls.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive

Tim Harrison said the fund­ing was a ‘fan­tas­tic’ bonus for Ararat Town Hall and Ararat Gallery Tex­tile Art Mu­seum Aus­tralia, TAMA.

He said the fund­ing was the third stage of the Full House pro­gram.

Dr Harrison said the first stage in­cluded ex­ten­sive au­di­ence re­search and com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and anal­y­sis and the se­cond stage in­volved de­vel­op­ing au­di­ence de­vel­op­ment and pro­gram­ming plans as well as a precinct mar­ket­ing plan com­pleted late last year.

He said the fund­ing would help im­ple­ment some of the rec­om­men­da­tions in the strat­egy around pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with more di­verse pro­gram­ming.

“The Arts Precinct and the coun­cil are re­ally thank­ful for the Creative Vic­to­ria fund­ing and has de­vel­oped an ex­cel­lent plan to put the money to good use,” he said.

“Lead­ers at the art gallery and town hall are par­tic­u­larly ex­cited to be tak­ing shows and work­shops to other towns in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity so re­gional res­i­dents have greater ac­cess to cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.”

At the Ararat Town Hall, the fund­ing will be used to bring in new shows in­clud­ing Su­per Cir­cus Squad by strong­woman Han­nah Cryle, while Wil­laura will fea­ture chil­dren’s pup­pet show Trin­ket the Ro­bot.

One-man the­atre show Man in the Mail will also tour late in the year.

At the Ararat Gallery TAMA, the fund­ing will go to­wards tak­ing a Mini Mak­ers Art Club for pre-school­ers on the road to three re­gional halls.

It will also help in host­ing up­cy­cled fash­ion work­shops with Han­nah Gart­side as part of her up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion Fan­tasies, which opens on Satur­day.

The gallery will also host an artist-in-res­i­dence, Siy­ing Zhou, who will spend three weeks ex­plor­ing and re­spond­ing to Ararat’s Chi­nese his­tory.

Chi­nese-born Zhou is based in Mel­bourne, with her work us­ing var­i­ous me­dia such as video, pho­tog­ra­phy, per­for­mance and draw­ing.

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