19 January 2016
Regional Victoria is set to benefit from a major investment in the state's extensive network of regional art galleries and performing arts centres.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced $10 million over the next three years to 33 arts venues across regional Victoria through Creative Victoria's Regional Partnerships program.
Directed to professional programming and operations, the funding will ensure access to high-quality arts and cultural experiences for communities across the state.
The funding is expected to boost employment and tourism opportunities in regional Victoria and enable regional cultural facilities to leverage further investment and income.
Seven of the venues will receive additional support to strengthen connections with their local communities. A total of $189,800 has been provided in the first round of the new Engaging Audiences program for new initiatives at these venues to engage audience groups that are currently underrepresented.
Young people are a strong focus, with Art Gallery of Ballarat to host activities for toddlers and their parents and Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery to run creative workshops for local young people.
Ararat Performing Arts Centre will host a Hip Hop Festival that will bring local young people together with professional artists, and Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre will create an interactive audio experience for primary school students to explore the history, and imagine the future, of Australia's oldest purpose-built theatre.
In Bairnsdale, audiences will go behind the scenes at the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub for workshops that explore the art of putting on a performance. Bendigo residents that speak languages other than English will be invited to a series of interpreted workshops, tours and talks that explore the gallery's extensive collection.
Mildura Arts Centre will use its grant to partner with local tertiary arts students to create music, dance and performance works as well as exhibitions, sound and light installations that will transform the arts centre.
Both funding programs are part of the Victorian Government's $20 million Regional Arts Package, delivered in the 2015-16 State Budget.
Regional Partnerships program
Ararat Rural City Council
Ararat Regional Art Gallery, $270,000
Ararat Performing Arts Centre, $150,000 + $15,000*
Ballarat City Council
Art Gallery of Ballarat, $450,000 + $30,000*
Her Majesty's Ballarat, $285,000 + $50,000*
Baw Baw Shire Council
West Gippsland Arts Centre, $390,000
Benalla Rural City Council
Benalla Art Gallery, $315,000
Colac Otways Shire Council
Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, $285,000
East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Art Gallery, $120,000
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, $180,000 + $7,100*
Glenelg Shire Council
Portland Arts Centre, $270,000
Greater Bendigo City Council
Bendigo Art Gallery, $450,000 + $35,000*
Capital Venues and Events, $435,000
Greater Shepparton City Council
Shepparton Art Museum, $360,000
Riverlinks Complex of Performing Arts Centres, $375,000
Horsham Rural City Council
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, $270,000
Horsham Rural Town Hall, $240,000
Latrobe City Council
Latrobe Regional Gallery, $285,000
Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, $180,000
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Kyneton Town Hall, $180,000
Mildura Rural City Council
Mildura Arts Centre (Gallery and Performing Arts Centre), $570,000 + $28,000*
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Hamilton Art Gallery, $330,000
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, $240,000
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, $270,000 + $24,700*
Swan Hill Performing Arts and Conference Centre, $180,000
Wangaratta Rural City Council
Wangaratta Art Gallery, $180,000
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, $345,000
Warrnambool City Council
Warrnambool Art Gallery, $300,000
Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, $375,000
Wellington Shire Council
Gippsland Art Gallery, $285,000
Wellington Entertainment Centre, $285,000
Wodonga City Council
The Cube Wodonga, $320,000
Geelong Art Gallery Incorporated
Geelong Art Gallery Incorporated, $420,000
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, $330,000
*Funding Recipients - Engaging Audiences Program
Ararat Performing Arts Centre, $15,000 To host the Ararat Hip Hop Festival which will bring together professional artists and young people in the region for a series of workshops, creative activities and public performances.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, $30,000
For a program of workshops for parents and young children, delivered in the Gallery by local artists and educators.
Bendigo Art Gallery, $35,000
For a series of programs that will help underrepresented community groups to connect to and build knowledge of the Gallery's extensive collection. The program will include artists' talks, discussions and tours, as well as creative workshops, that will be interpreted in a range of languages. The program will coincide with a major exhibition featuring the collection that will celebrate the Gallery's 130th anniversary.
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, $7,100
For a new workshop program that will give students and adults insights into stagecraft both backstage and on stage. Each program will be linked to the professional tours that are presented at the venue.
Her Majesty's, Ballarat, $50,000
To develop and pilot an interactive, immersive theatre piece that will be delivered via radio headphones which will support primary school students to engage with the history and imagine the future of Australia's oldest purpose-built theatre, Her Majesty's Ballarat.
Mildura Arts Centre $28,000
For a project that will see the Arts Centre partner with La Trobe University and SuniTAFE tertiary arts students to create a music, dance and performance works as well as exhibitions, sound and light installations that will transform the Arts Centre. The project will provide a platform for current and graduating students to showcase their talents and will also help to further practice by connecting them with artists across a range of disciplines.
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery $24,700
For a 2016-17 program that will engage local young people in workshops led by artists exhibiting at the Gallery. The eight workshops will lead to a curated exhibition of the participant's work.