$95,000 arts funding boost

SOUTH East Arts has received a major funding injection from the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government as part of two different regional grant projects.

The NSW Government's Regional Theatre Project offers funding of up to $60,000 for one year or up to $75,000 for projects delivered over two years.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro said South East Arts has received $75,000 for a new workshop.

"The Expand Project will deliver a series of workshops and creative development sessions to support artists in the region to enhance their theatre making skills," Mr Barilaro said.

"This funding will support the development of new theatre works, presented and produced by people living in regional communities, and performed by local actors.

"Theatre makers in regional communities are being supported to help develop new theatre works as well as the skills of regional playwrights, actors, production staff and other creative practitioners, and help to grow audiences for regional theatre."

Mr Barilaro said South East Arts has also received $20,000 funding as part of the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Fund.

"This funding will go towards supporting the artistic and business development of the Djaadjawan Dancers, an Aboriginal women's dance group from Narooma," Mr Barilaro said.

"Projects like this will lead to the creation of new contemporary Aboriginal art as well as developing career pathways for Aboriginal artists and arts workers."

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the funding is being made available through the NSW Government's three-year AboriginalArts and Cultural Strategy.

"The funding will benefit Aboriginal artists and arts practitioners directly, as well as the organisations that assist artists to develop their skills," Mr Grant said.

"They'll support both new and emerging Aboriginal artists, and particularly young Aboriginal artists, to develop their skills and importantly to embark on career pathways in the arts sector."

Arts NSW is the NSW Government's arts policy and funding body. For more information on Arts NSW's support for the Aboriginal arts and cultural sector, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au

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