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19 June 2017

Local artists, creative practitioners and organisations and community groups are invited to apply for grants to stage events, activities and projects as part of the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture program.

Locals gather on the steps of The Capital in Bendigo for the Regional Centre for Culture announcement. Photo: Bill Conroy.

Locals gather on the steps of The Capital in Bendigo for the Regional Centre for Culture announcement earlier this year. Photo: Bill Conroy.

Local artists, creative practitioners and organisations and community groups are invited to apply for grants to stage events, activities and projects as part of the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture program.

State Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan and State Member for Macedon today invited local creatives and community groups to apply for Victorian Government grants of between $1,500 and $30,000 to support new creative activities that will take place in the region in 2018 as part of the year-long program.

Applicants must be based in the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire or Hepburn Shire.

The Regional Centre for Culture program is taking shape with the announcement of two initiatives that will anchor the year-long program and engage local artists - Multicultural Arts Victoria's Emerge program and an enhanced outing of Bendigo's popular projection festival Enlighten.

The Emerge program presents public programs and activities alongside workshops and skills development for local artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Enlighten projection festival was established in 2016 as a small-scale public art project that brought local young people together with artists and mentors to create artworks which were projected onto Bendigo buildings, shopfronts, public spaces and laneways.

The Victorian Government has provided a the City of Greater Bendigo with a $160,000 grant which will support the festival to build on its success and to host a series of workshop and development activities in 2017 culminating in an expanded projection festival in 2018.

The central Victorian MP's also announced a $75,000 grant to the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to employ an Aboriginal Project Officer who will work to ensure the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung people are involved with, and consulted in, the development of the Regional Centre for Culture program.

An initiative of the Victorian Government's Creative State strategy, the Regional Centre for Culture footprint will broadly extend from Eaglehawk and Dunolly in the north and north west, to Trentham in the south and will go as far as Heathcote (east) and Creswick (west). The region was selected because of its significant reputation in the arts, creativity and community activities.

The latest announcements join Artlands, a national arts and culture conference, which will be staged in Bendigo and Castlemaine in September 2018. Hosted by Regional Arts Victoria, the event is expected to attract 500 delegates from across the country and will include public events that will showcase local talent.

Further activities and opportunities for local artists and groups will be announced in the lead up to 2018. Applications for the Regional Centre for Culture Local Grants program will close on 31 August 2017. 

Visit the Regional Centre For Culture page for program guidelines and application templates