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5 January 2017

From a virtual reality journey that takes you inside iconic paintings in Geelong, to mass community dance events in Horsham and Hanging Rock, regional performing arts centres and galleries are finding new ways to connect and inspire audiences with grants through the Full House and Engaging Audiences programs.

Kids taking in art in Bendigo

Kids get up close to art in a Bendigo gallery 

Eight performing arts centres, galleries and councils across Victoria will share in more than $500,000 through these new programs which aim to support regional venues to strengthen connections with the local community and attract new, or underrepresented, groups.

The latest grant round will assist organisations to undertake research into the needs and interests of their audiences, or to lead large-scale projects designed to capture the imaginations of diverse groups including families, pre-schoolers and young people.

The Full House and Engaging Audiences programs are part of the Victorian Government's $20 million regional creative industries package.

Read more about our regional programs

Full House and Engaging Audiences recipients

Ararat Regional City Council $80,000 via Full House

To assist Ararat Regional Gallery and Ararat Performing Arts Centre to work together on an audience development project to collectively build their audiences.

Capital Venues and Events (Bendigo) $45,825 via Engaging Audiences

For 'Cushion Concerts', a concert program aimed at engaging pre-school children (0-5) and their families in Bendigo, Heathcote and Elmore.

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum $80,000 via Full House and $10,000 via Engaging Audiences

To assist audience research and analysis, and to develop and implement projects and programs aimed at capturing new audiences.

To develop and present public programming related to the first seven exhibitions of 2017 and to analyse audience data gathered during this period.

Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre $80,000 via Full House

To assist audience research and analysis, and to develop and implement projects and programs aimed at attracting and retaining new audiences.

The Cube, Wodonga $80,000 via Full House

To assist The Cube to undertake audience research and analysis, and to develop and implement projects and programs aimed at developing audiences.

Geelong Art Gallery $29,000 via Engaging Audiences

To undertake a virtual reality project that will bring the 'You Yangs' series of works by artist Fred Williams, to life in 3D and allow audiences to 'step inside' and engage with the works like never before.

Horsham Rural City Council $80,000 via Full House and $19,636 via Engaging Audiences

To assist audience research and analysis, and to develop and implement projects aimed at building audiences.

For the inaugural Annual Dance Affair, a large-scale, site-specific and participatory dance celebration that will see leading dance artists working with community members of all ages to explore the history, and legacy, of community dances in regional areas.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council (Kyneton Town Hall) $20,000 via Engaging Audiences

For the 'Miranda Project', a series of workshops and practice sessions for local residents and artists that pay tribute to the character of Miranda from Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock. The project will culminate in a mass dance performance at Hanging Rock.