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19 June 2019

Six regional arts venues will share in grants worth almost $200,000 for activities that aim to build connections across the community and turn first-time visitors and audience members into regulars.

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With a focus on increasing connections with First Peoples community members, both Gippsland Art Gallery and Warrnambool Art Gallery will employ a local Indigenous curator. The newly-created roles will curate exhibitions and lead projects and programs designed to promote and share local First People’s culture.

Bendigo Art Gallery will use the funding to create a new interactive space and host workshops, artist talks and activities with a focus on inspiring young First Peoples community members to explore their creativity.

The Cube in Wodonga will stage a series of pop-up events, dubbed the ‘Cube Sessions’, creating a festival-style atmosphere with food and interactive activities, held before and after scheduled performances.

Shepparton’s performing arts centre Riverlinks will stage a series of concerts featuring local artists and arts workers from the Pacific, African and First People’s communities, while in Bendigo, 200 local community members will work with acclaimed contemporary dance company Chunky Move to create a mass dance performance at the iconic Bendigo Poppet Head site.

The grants build on the Victorian Government’s investment in the programming and operations of council-run regional arts venues through the Regional Partnerships program. 

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.