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18 August 2017

The latest round of our Engaging Audiences program has provided $90,000 to five regional arts venues for projects that will strengthen connections with the local community.

The Australian Ballet, Steamdance

The Australian Ballet, STEAMDANCE

The Engaging Audiences program provides support to regional performing arts centres and galleries in Victorian that are supported through the Regional Partnerships program, for projects that deepen engagement with current audiences and attract new and diverse audiences.

Two of the latest projects to receive funding will take place in Wangaratta, with a $30,000 grant bringing The Australian Ballet to the Wangaratta Festival of Dance and the Goulburn and Ovens TAFE. A second grant of $17,000 will support a new exhibition project at the Wangaratta Art Gallery.

The East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale has received an $18,000 grant to create an ‘Art Bank’ while the Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale will receive a $9,000 grant to support a series of free artist-led workshops and talks to complement its IMAGINE exhibition.

The final grant of $16,000 will support a project at Portland Arts Centre, which will see Orchestra Victoria’s Brass section travel to the region this October to host workshops with musicians from Portland Citizens Brass Band and the Casterton Vice Regal Band.

The Engaging Audiences program is part of the Victorian Governments $20 million regional creativity package.

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Engaging Audiences Grant Recipients

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, $30,000
To partner with The Australian Ballet to bring its ground-breaking STEAMDANCE education program to Wangaratta next year in collaboration with the Wangaratta Festival of Dance and Goulburn and Ovens TAFE. The project will see dancers from The Australian Ballet undertake a two-week residency at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre that will include performances and workshops for community members and primary and secondary school students.

Wangaratta Art Gallery, $17,000
To work with local artists Lorraine Connelly Northey,  Penny Algar and Damien Wright in the months ahead on a project that celebrates and explores the region’s connections with the River Red Gum. In addition to creating new works for an exhibition, the artists will host public workshops. The gallery will also form partnerships across the environmental science, land care and the tertiary education sectors to deliver forums, presentations and events related to the majestic tree.

East Gippsland Art Gallery, $18,000
To create an ‘Art Bank’, a collection of mobile art boxes filled with professional art supplies across a range of mediums. In addition to using the Art Bank for workshops at the gallery, local artists, community groups and educators will be able to borrow from the ‘bank’ for their own classes, workshops and activities.

Gippsland Art Gallery, $9,000
To support a series of free artist-led workshops and talks that will complement the Gallery’s relocation to The Wellington Centre in December and the reopening exhibition IMAGINE. IMAGINE will be the gallery’s most ambitious exhibition to date. Occupying over 800sqm, it will include more than 120 artworks by close to 80 Australian and international contemporary artists. The grant will enable the gallery to bring four participating Australian artists to Sale to lead contemporary art workshops and talks for adults and children.

Portland Arts Centre, $16,000
To grant to support a new partnership with Orchestra Victoria that will provide professional development for local musicians. Orchestra Victoria’s Brass section will travel to the region this October to host workshops with musicians from Portland Citizens Brass Band and the Casterton Vice Regal Band. Music lovers will also be catered for with each workshop culminating in a free public concert by the Orchestra Victoria players at Portland Arts Centre and the Casterton Town Hall.