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Regional Partnerships

The Regional Partnerships program provides Victorian regional communities access to a wide variety of quality arts experiences through Victoria's network of regional art galleries and performing arts centres.

Funding contributes to the professional programming and operations of arts galleries and performing arts centres.  It is an investment by the State Government in the delivery of the cultural programs of these facilities and supports the substantial investment made by many councils in the sector.

Aims

The program aims to:

  • ensure that people living in regional areas have access to high quality arts and cultural facilities and programs.
  • enhance the quality of life and increase social connection in regional centres and surrounding districts.
  • contribute to a sustainable and vibrant regional creative and cultural industry, strengthening tourism and employment opportunities in regional Victoria.
  • contribute to regional cultural facilities' ability to leverage investment and generate earned income.

Funding structure

The funding structure groups galleries and performing arts centres according to the scope and scale of their program and operations.  A range of funding levels is included within each group to recognize programming differences or particular needs at each facility.

Art Galleries:

Group 1    Major art galleries with substantial collections of national significance that offer comprehensive public programs and major exhibitions.

Group 2    Galleries with large collections of State significance and comprehensive exhibition and public programs.

Group 3    Smaller regional galleries with a specialist collection base and generally more limited exhibitions and public programs.

Group 4    Exhibition galleries where the collection (if any) is of local significance and the gallery's principal activity is the presentation of regular, professionally-curated touring and temporary exhibitions and public programs.

Performing Arts Centres:

Group 1          Large scale operations with annual budgets over $1 million. These are leading presenter venues offering diverse and comprehensive annual programs and audience engagement activities across a wide range of performance genres.

Group 2          Medium sized venues or multi-venue operations with full time professional management offering substantial annual programs and audience engagement activities.

Group 3          Performing arts programs and audience engagement activities presented in town halls or other venues that are not operated as full-time performing arts centres.

Funding requirements

The requirements outlined in the agreements are that:

Performing arts centres are required to:

  • present a high quality, diverse performing arts program for diverse audiences
  • present a range of public programs that foster, encourage and support audience engagement with professional performing arts practice
  • present and market its venue(s) as attractive destinations for professional, commercial and community cultural activities and their audiences.
  • maintain and build capacity of staff and management to program, operate and market the venue and,
  • deliver outreach programming into smaller towns and venues, where appropriate.

Art galleries are required to:

  • present a diverse range of exhibitions in a variety of media for diverse audiences.
  • present a range of other public programs that foster, encourage and support community engagement with the visual arts
  • manage and conserve the permanent collection and develop the collection through new acquisitions
  • present and market its venue(s) as attractive destinations for professional, commercial and community cultural activities and visitors to the region
  • maintain and build capacity of staff and management to program, operate and market the venue and,
  • deliver outreach programming into smaller towns and venues, where appropriate.

Assessment

Assessments are based on information gained at annual reviews as well as reporting of cultural, social and financial outcomes in line with funding agreement deliverables.

Galleries and PAC’s are assessed annually in light of their groupings and consider:

  • quality, and diversity of the professional arts program and public programs for a range of target audiences;
  • level of activity - number of professional arts events, public programs, community and commercial events and activity at main venue and other locations;
  • strength of promotion and marketing of programs and facilities;
  • strategies for engaging new audiences;
  • audience numbers for professional arts program and public programs;
  • total facility visitor numbers;
  • financial performance - including level of earned income and Council support;
  • staffing levels and volunteer numbers;
  • level of participation by staff in skills and professional development opportunities; and
  • quality of collection management and conservation at galleries.

Acquittal Reports

When your funded activity is completed, you must provide Creative Victoria with an acquittal report within 90 days.

Acquittal documents should be submitted electronically to your client manager.

Failure to satisfactorily acquit funding will make you ineligible for future Creative Victoria funding and may result in action to recover the grant.

The acquittal report includes a financial reconciliation. For grants of $40,000 and over the acquittal report must include an opinion or certification by an independent auditor that verifies the financial reconciliation.

For further information go the Acquittals page.

Contact

For further information about the program please contact:

Rohini Sharma

T: 03 8683 3157
Rohini.Sharma@ecodev.vic.gov.au