Inside view of the stairs and space of the Geelong art gallery

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    The Regional Partnerships program is by invitation only.

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

    Funding contributes to the professional programming and operations of art 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.


    The program aims to:

    1. Ensure that people living in regional areas have access to high quality arts and cultural facilities and their programs.
    2. Strengthen employment and tourism opportunities in regional Victoria.
    3. Contribute to the ability of regional cultural facilities to leverage investment and generate income.
    4. Encourage professional management at industry standards in regional arts facilities.
    5. Enhance liveability and increase social connection in regional centres and surrounding districts.


    The current funding categories are:

    Application to the Regional Partnerships program is by invitation only.


    For further information about the program please contact:

    Tania Grant, Senior Arts Officer, Arts Development by email at or telephone 8683 3117

    Previous recipients 2019

    Greater Bendigo City Council - Bendigo Art Gallery: $41,000
    As an extension of its First Nations exhibition program, the Gallery will lead a multifaceted program of activities and events designed to deeply engage the local First Nations community, particularly young people. Focused on First Nations people and culture, these activities will include professional development workshops, artist talks and the development of a new interactive space at the gallery that will be staged alongside an upcoming contemporary art exhibition by Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man Josh Muir.

    Greater Bendigo City Council - Capital Venues and Events: $32,000
    For a partnership with acclaimed contemporary dance company Chunky Move that will see Chunky Move work with up to 200 locals to create a contemporary dance performance at the iconic Poppet Head site in Bendigo's Rosalind Park. The performance will take place in October 2019.

    Greater Shepparton City Council – Riverlinks: $40,000
    Riverlinks will partner with Multicultural Arts Victoria and six established and emerging local artists/arts workers from Shepparton's Pacific, African and First Nations communities to develop and deliver a pilot program ‘Out Frontyard’. The program will support local artists to explore their talents and will culminate in a series of concerts that celebrate the diverse cultures that call the Shepparton region home.

    Warrnambool City Council - Warrnambool Art Gallery: $46,405
    To contract a Curator of Cultural Engagement for the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) Maar Nation gallery. The Curator will receive mentorship from the Maar Nation Steering Committee of Aboriginal Elders & Cultural leaders and Gallery staff and will lead the development of programs and exhibitions that preserve, share and promote understanding of the First Peoples culture of South-West Victoria.

    Wellington Shire Council - Gippsland Art Gallery: $15,500
    To engage an Indigenous Engagement Officer for the gallery. This part-time role will assist with the curation of exhibitions, provide advice to the gallery about acquisitions and develop public programs that promote Gunaikurnai art and culture to a broad audience.

    Wodonga City Council - The Cube, Wodonga: $24,800
    To complement its regular program, The Cube will work with local performers to create ‘Cube Sessions’ a series of pop up events that will take place pre- or post-performances. Incorporating food, games and live performance, the sessions will encourage audiences to stay around the venue and will give local artists the opportunity to showcase their talents to a home crowd.