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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Country Arts Support Program supports arts projects

Through their Country Arts Support Program (CASP), South East Arts is pleased to announce $18,000 in funding to organisations in the south east to support arts and cultural projects in 2023. The funding will provide $3000 each to six projects located in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro.

A diverse range of arts organisations were supported by CASP in the funding round, including Eurobodalla River of Art Festival, Raglan Gallery in Cooma and Epicorm Collective. Other successful applicants included the recently established Eurobodalla Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Tilba Chamber of Commerce and the Bega Show Society.

CASP funding from Create NSW is provided annually for the Regional Arts Organisations like us, to run a small grants round,” explained Andrew Gray Executive Director of South East Arts. “In 2022 we ran the first round in May for both individual artists and organisations with funding worth $34,000 that included support from our public fund. Late last year we ran a second round to support small projects in 2023 and this will be the timing of CASP funding from now on.

In this round we were pleased to receive submissions from many first-time applicants as well as a number of non-arts organisations looking to use cultural engagement for broader community outcomes.” said Andrew Gray.

CASP Successful Recipients 2023

Embers, Epicorm II – Epicorm Collective (auspiced by Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance)

A curated art exhibition showcasing the works of seven female multidisciplinary, multigenerational, multicultural Eurobodalla artists, responding to the Black Summer fires. Running from May to June at the BAS Moruya, the exhibition traverses the varied phases of the event and its aftermath, with a focus on community/environmental rejuvenation, resilience and healing.

Image: Hope in the bones by Jo Victoria - One of the artists featured in the Epicorm Collective

Bega Show Society Taste & Talent Festival – Bega AP&H Society

Opening day & night of the 2023 Bega Show, featuring music and ethnic dancing, a talent competition and multicultural food vans. The Show Opening ceremony will include a Welcome and smoking ceremony, together with Aboriginal dancing. Local artists and groups will be supporting the event.

Munggara-dha/my home – River of Art Inc

Munggara-dha/my home is an exciting collaboration between Muladha Gamara and River of Art that explores concepts of placemaking and connection in Eurobodalla. Traditional dance story-telling integrated with contemporary techniques of art animation, light projections and audio culminate in a live performance and videography during River of Art Festival in September 2023.

Art After Hours - Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre Inc

A two-term evening course designed for those in employment, and others, who want to learn to draw, but are unable to attend daytime classes. Workshops will be presented by Gillian Jenkins, a professionally trained artist with exhibition, curatorial and teaching experience since 1991.

Art exhibition in Tilba Halls - Tilba District Chamber of Commerce

Visual art exhibition by 4 local artists in partnership with an historical display by the Tilba Chamber of Commerce in Central Tilba Hall during the Easter school holidays in 2023.

Orchestra Workshop - Eurobodalla Chamber Orchestra

A workshop for amateur players of orchestral instruments led by professional musicians in June 2023 at the Red Door Hall, St John’s Anglican Church and Mechanics Institute, Moruya.

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