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25 March 2018

Galleries in Swan Hill, Bendigo, Geelong and Benalla will share more than $120,000 in funding through the latest round of the Engaging Audiences program.

Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery

Engaging Audiences supports cultural facilities funded through the Regional Partnerships program to extend audience engagement programming, to deepen engagement with current audiences and support growth in new audiences.

In the latest round of funding, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery will receive $26,590 for a huge community project that will turn an entire outside wall of the gallery into a work of art.

Called Swan Hill’s Biggest Print, the project will include a series of workshops, demonstrations and activities that culminate in a major public artwork celebrating the upcoming National Print and Drawing Awards at the gallery.

Bendigo Art Gallery has received a $50,000 grant to engage its inaugural First Nations Curator. The Curator will be charged with building the gallery’s engagement with First Nations communities from the region and beyond, and will lead new programs and exhibitions that celebrate and showcase First Nations art and culture.

A $28,000 grant will support a ground-breaking art project at Geelong Gallery that will see gallery visitors of all ages using technology to create their own digital artworks.

The project is linked to a major exhibition of the work of Australian artist Elizabeth Gower which will open in September. The gallery team will partner with local app development company Codeacious to create an app that will allow users to create works using patterns, mathematical algorithms and geometry, just like Elizabeth Gower.

Finally, the Benalla Art Gallery will receive a $19,750 grant to help establish the Collection Lab, a new interactive space where visitors can learn about the people and stories behind the art in the gallery’s extensive collection.

The Benalla Art Gallery holds more than 1200 items and the Collection Lab will focus attention on one artist each week spanning painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

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.

Applications for the next funding round close on 29 March.

Read more about Engaging Audiences