Record Funding Boost For Regional Arts And Culture

Through the new Regional Cultural Fund the NSW Government is investing $100 million into regional towns and cities to develop new and existing arts and culture projects.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said this fund will help to attract major cultural productions to regional NSW by investing in projects that often miss out on funding to metropolitan areas.

“The Regional Cultural Fund will invest in new arts and cultural facilities and can be used to upgrade existing spaces including galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and halls.” Mr Barilaro said.

“As well as building and refurbishing facilities, the fund can be used to support projects that take exhibitions on tour and provide easy viewing access, no matter where people live.”

“Galleries and museums will also be able to apply for operational funding to support the delivery of services, providing distinct experiences to visitors and promoting increased participation in creative and cultural activities.

Mr Harwin said regional NSW has long been home to producers of unique and diverse arts and culture works across a wide variety of disciplines including visual, performing and indigenous arts.

“Regional NSW has a rich history of contributing to the Australian identity expressed through all forms of the arts,” Mr Harwin said.

“Investing in arts and culture facilities and programs in the bush will provide recreational and educational benefits as well as increased tourist visitation, which in turn helps art practitioners expand their networks and enter new markets.”

Expressions of Interest for the Regional Cultural Fund will open from 17 July 2017. Successful projects will be invited to provide additional information.

For further information and guidelines for applicants visit Media Release

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