19 June 2017
Art lovers in regional Victoria have a million reasons to celebrate with the latest round of Victorian Government grants providing support for a range of tours and programs in major regional centres and tiny towns across the state.
Minister for Creative Industries today announced the latest round of grants which will invest more than $1 million to attract flagship organisations to regional areas, support local groups to present shows in local venues and strengthen the regional performing arts touring circuit.
State Library Victoria, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeler Centre have received support to extend their footprint across the state by staging events, exhibitions, workshops and performances in regional areas over the next two years.
Nine artists and companies will share in grants totalling $328,697 through the Touring Victoria program. Tours include performances by Circus Oz and Melbourne Ballet Company and a digital and real-world project that will invite the Ararat community to participate in a mass creative treasure hunt.
Grants have also been provided through the Small Regional Presenters program which supports local community groups and arts councils to attract and program performances in their communities.
Eleven regionally-based groups in towns such as Cororooke, Stratford, Tongala and Yarck have received support to bring performing arts events to local stages and unexpected spaces including the Charlton Golf Club, Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre and the National Vietnam Veterans Museum in Philip Island.
In addition to the latest grant rounds, the Minister Foley also announced $100,000 to support Regional Arts Victoria to continue providing tour coordination services over the next 18 months for venues that are members of the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres.
The latest round of support for regional touring and activities has been made possible through the Victorian Government's $20 million regional arts package, a four year commitment to the regional arts sector that was announced in the 2015-16 State Budget.
The next round of the Small Regional Presenters and Touring Victoria programs will close in August 2017.
Major Touring Program
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, $400,000
Confirmed destinations 2017: Ballarat, Horsham, Hamilton and Warrnambool and Bendigo.
Confirmed destinations 2018: Wangaratta, Shepparton, Hamilton, Mildura, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Warragul and Bendigo
The Orchestra's 2017-18 regional touring program which will include full orchestral concerts, workshops, professional development for local musicians and students, pre-concert talks and 'pop-up' local events. For the first time the 2018 tour to Ballarat and Bendigo will also feature performances that will bring the MSO Chorus together with regional choirs.
The Wheeler Centre, $120,050
Confirmed destinations: Benalla, Bendigo, Ballarat, Kyneton and Warrnambool
For a 2017 regional program which will take 30 local and international writers on the road for a series of free talks, workshops and forums for children and adults.
State Library Victoria, $81,462.80
Confirmed destinations: Mildura Arts Centre and Latrobe Regional Gallery
To tour an exhibition, developed by the State Library in partnership with zine organisation Sticky Institute, that showcases rare books alongside zines. The exhibition program will include workshops, floor talks and professional development sessions and activities where visitors will have the opportunity to make their own books and zines.
Jen Anderson, $3,367
Confirmed destination: Port FairyTour of 'Pandora's Box' to the 2017 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. The production is a 1920s silent film which will screen alongside the live performance of an original score written by Jen Anderson. In addition to the performance, a composition workshop with local young people will also be held.
Circus Oz, $115,475
Confirmed destinations: Bendigo, Horsham, Warrnambool, Mildura, Narre WarrenTour of Circus Oz's latest production. Each stop will also include community engagement activities including public workshops and education performances.
Critical Stages, $7,001
Confirmed destinations: Mildura, Murrayville, OuyenTour of the comedy cabaret production 'Reception: The Musical', to north west Victoria. A post-show Q & A, and a series of drama and music theatre workshops for secondary school students and local artists will be held as a part of the tour.
Flying Fruit Fly Circus, $42,438
Regional Victorian tour of the company's latest contemporary circus show 'JUNK', accompanied by a program of community activities.
HIT Productions, $80,000
Current confirmed destinations: Orbost, Mallacoota, Lakes Entrance , Bairnsdale , Pyramid Hill, Elmore , Heathcote , Bendigo, Portland , Trafalgar, Neerim South, Cororooke, Cohuna, Kyneton, Upwey.
A tour of 'All My Love', a theatre production tracing the romance between Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore. The tour, which will take place in 2018, will include talks with secondary school students, post-performance Q&As and post-performance meet and greet opportunities.
Georgie Mattingley $10,000
Confirmed destination: Warrnambool
For the presentation of Topias III, a solo exhibition of hand-painted photographs and large-scale video projections that will go on display at South West Healthcare, Warrnambool. Accompanying programming will engage hospital staff, patients, local artists and the general public through include a professional development workshop with local TAFE students, an artist floor talk and creative skills workshops.
Melbourne Ballet Company, $9,519
Tour of 'Archè', a ballet inspired by 'Swan Lake'. Accompanying programming will include company and performer talks, workshops and masterclasses for people of all ages and levels of experience.
Betty Sargeant, $13,897
Confirmed destination: Ararat
Presentation of The Playground, a public multi-media art-making project hosted by Ararat Regional Art Gallery. With the gallery closed for redevelopment, art will take over the streets in this interactive 'Pokémon Go'-style project that will see artworks and sculpture pieces placed around the town for the community and visitors to find, collect and bring together to form a mass public artwork. Accompanying programming will include public workshops and an interactive exhibition.
Writers Victoria, $47,000
Current confirmed locations: Mildura, Traralgon, WoodendPresentation of 'Writers on the Road', an 18-month touring program of literary events and professional development activities for writers in regional and outer metropolitan Victoria.
Small Regional Presenters Program
King Valley Art Show Inc, $9,615
Destinations:Whitfield, Moyhu and Cheshunt
For the presentation of a series of performances and workshops in between June and November 2017. Events include performances at Whitfield Recreation Reserve and Chestnut Hall and a performance and workshop by folk duo Miles and Simone at Moyhu Soldier's Memorial Hall.
Music at the Basilica Inc, $3,700
For the presentation of a concert at the Windfire Festival of Sacred Music in Geelong.
Echuca Moama Arts Initiative, $1,500
For the presentation of 'The Lost WW1 Diary' by Damian Callinan at Tongala Public Hall.
Court in the Act Theatre Company Inc, $4,100
To bring the theatre show 'Birdcage Thursdays' to Stratford Courthouse in October 2017, in partnership with Melbourne's acclaimed La Mama Theatre.
Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, $5,405
For the presentation of a concert by folk duo Miles and Simone (July 2017), and the theatre production 'Mystery in the Air' (October 2017) at Yarck Hall.
National Vietnam Veterans Museum, $8,000
Destination: Phillip Island
For the presentation of the theatre shows 'The Bard Bites Back' and 'The Man they call the Banjo' (September 2017) at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Philip Island.
Upper Kiewa Valley Regional Arts, $5,450
To present a series of music performances by Bush Gothic, I Viaggiatori and The Wikimen at the Visitor Information Centre Auditorium in Mount Beauty, and a concert by Hamer Quartet at the Mount Beauty Community Centre.
Charlton Arts Inc, $5,916
To present a series of music performances by Bush Gothic, I Viaggiatori and The Wikimen at Charlton Golf Club between May and November 2017.
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, $5,200
To present a diverse performance program at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery between July and November, 2017. Performances will include a concert by Kutcha Edwards and theatre productions 'The Crow Family', 'Mystery in the Air', 'Birdcage Thursdays', and 'Memoirs of a Scottish War Bride'.
Mirboo North Arts Inc, $4,000
Destination: Mirboo North
To present a series of music performances by Bush Gothic, I Viaggiatori, and The Wikimen, at the Grand Ridge Brewery.
Warragul Heritage Preservation Society, $2,561
To present 'From Figaro to Phantom', a concert that combines opera and musical theatre at Wesley of Warragul.