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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.