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18 July 2018

The refurbished West Gippsland Arts Centre, the Latrobe Regional Gallery, and Warrnambool Art Gallery are the latest grant recipients to be announced through the Engaging Audiences program.

Warrnambool Art Gallery. Exterior at night.

Warrnambool Art Gallery. Exterior at night.

Engaging Audiences supports council-owned galleries and performing arts centres to deepen engagement with their communities and grow their audiences.

West Gippsland Arts Centre

When the newly refurbished/redeveloped West Gippsland Arts Centre opens, audiences will have the chance to experience free performances across the redeveloped site and community spaces across the Shire, thanks to $50,000 in funding for ‘Outside the Walls’.

Outside the Walls will include events such as ‘Live on the Deck’, a free music program held on the forecourt and ‘Live on the Dock’ which will turn the new backstage loading dock area into a music venue. Both programs will feature local and visiting artists and will also be live streamed.

The initiative also includes a ‘Small Halls’ program which will work with local communities to bring performances, workshops and events to community halls in towns throughout the Shire.

This latest Engaging Audiences grant builds on the Victorian government’s $4 million contribution to the WGAC redevelopment project and investment in the gallery of $130,000 a year, to supports its annual operations and programming.

Latrobe Regional Gallery

In October, the Latrobe Regional Gallery - thanks to $26,400 in funding - will host a triple bill of free exhibitions and public programs, kicking off with Kylie on Stage, developed by Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault.

This exhibition about the stagecraft of music icon Kylie Minogue will coincide with a dynamic public program, including workshops that invite local creatives of all ages to hone their skills in music recording, dance and more.

Also starting in October will be a major exhibition of video-based artworks by the internationally acclaimed Melbourne artist Daniel Crooks. The exhibition will be paired with artist talks, tours and educational projects in partnership with regional schools and young video makers.

From 27 October, the gallery will host Code Breakers: Women in Games, an exhibition from the Australian Centre (ACMI) for the Moving Image celebrating the women leading the way in the digital games industry in Australia and New Zealand. Public programs will feature coding workshops and digital art and design sessions for participants aged 8 and up.

Next year, Latrobe Regional gallery will run specialist artist workshops and talks to coincide with the media arts exhibition Experimenta – Triennial of Media Art, and create three accessible guided tours to ensure all community members can explore the exhibition.

This latest grant builds on the Victorian Government’s investment in Latrobe Regional Gallery of $95,000 a year, supporting its annual operations and programming.

Warrnambool Art Gallery

Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) is set to launch a new digital art program that aims to give female identifying students the skills and confidence to forge careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM), thanks to $50,000 in funding.

The program will be a partnership between the WAG team and leading technology educators, including the Melbourne-based Geek Girl Academy and Academy of Interactive Entertainment, along with Robotics Academy Warrnambool.

Participants will learn skills in digital and 3D printed jewellery design, coding, animation, game development, film visual effects and entrepreneurship. They will create digital artworks that will be shared with the community via an exhibition on the digital display wall outside the gallery.

Professional development programs will also be offered to local educators about the ways STEAM learning can be integrated into all areas of the curriculum.

The program will coincide with WAG’s current exhibition Once Women Won the Vote, which celebrates the contributions of women to society, and the upcoming Code Breakers: Women in Games exhibition created by ACMI, which showcases the achievements of women in the games industry.

The Engaging Audiences grant for Warrnambool Art Gallery builds on the government’s investment in the gallery of $100,000 a year, supporting its annual operations and programming.

The Engaging Audiences program is part of the Victorian Government’s $20 million regional arts package, a four-year initiative announced in the 2015-16 State Budget.

Read more about the Engaging Audiences program