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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Create NSW reaches out to the region

South East Arts is pleased to announce a visit to the region by the NSW Government's new integrated arts and cultural agency, Create NSW, on 6 and 7 July to promote the various funding opportunities and additional support on offer to arts individuals and organisations in the area.

On Thursday 6 July at 2.00pm, people can join Tathra-based artist Lindy Hume (Artistic Director, Opera Queensland) and Michael Brealey (CEO, Create NSW) at Four Winds at Bermagui for a discussion on the potential of creative collaboration and new directions in regional arts practice. The Creative Collaboration Forum will kick off with performances by the Djaadjawan Dancers and Stonewave Taiko.

“Lindy and Michael will consider how artists and arts organisations based outside major urban centres can effectively collaborate within and beyond their own regions,” explained Andrew Gray, General Manager of South East Arts.

“There are many opportunities to build creative projects, engage with new audiences, and develop partnerships with government, business and non-arts organisations,” he said.

Following the talk Andrew Gray will lead a panel discussion focusing on creative collaboration in the region including Iain Dawson (Bega Valley Regional Gallery), Sam Wild (Create NSW), Hiromi Matsuoka (Indigo Pictures) and Shane O’Leary (Destination Southern NSW). Following the forum, Four Winds will present the next instalment of their Radical Voice series featuring Dr Justin Macdonnell – Chaos Theory & the Arts.

On Friday 7 July, Create NSW will present their Roadshow at the Bega Valley Memorial Civic Centre at 11.30am. Create NSW is keen to hear from people about the exciting arts, culture and screen projects happening in the region and let you know about some of the funding opportunities now available. All are welcome meet the new team and also network with other artists from the region.

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey comments, "As a new agency for arts, screen and culture across NSW, we want to be visible in the heart of the communities that we are supporting, so that talent in the South East knows exactly who to come to for support.

“As well as a multitude of NSW Government funding initiatives offered through the Arts and Cultural Development Program, support for screen development and production, and for screen industry development and for small film festivals, we can also offer a wealth of advice and information that may make a huge difference to the many diverse arts individuals and groups in the region.

As part of the briefing session Create NSW will also run a Project Ideas Clinic.

If you have a project you would like to be considered for discussion on the day with the team from Create NSW (this includes Screen) contact South East Arts and we will pass your ideas on to Create NSW.

“Applying for funding can be a daunting process and isn't a one size-fits-all model, so we want to be able to show artists exactly who we are, listen to their needs and have a relaxed face to face conversation to advise on what the best options are for support,” Mr Brealey added.

The team may be able to help by offering suggestions about specific strategy, potential partners, resourcing and funding. Ideas will be flowing and experts in the room can help you on your way to building a fully formed arts project or you can just come along and learn from how other people are making things happen.

Both Create NSW events are free. South East Arts is the regional arts development organisation for Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro Regional Shire Council areas. For more information and registrations go to

Above: Bega-based Stonewave Taiko have benefited from arts funding programs, enabling them to undertake professional development and expand their capabilities. They will perform as part of the Creative Collaboration Forum at Four Winds on Thursday 6 July. Image: Ben Marden.

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