Nine arts activities across the NSW Central West will share $17,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s annual Country Arts Support Program (CASP).
Regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest, who deliver CASP locally, have announced the Central West recipients of this long-running small grants program.
Applicants could apply for up to $3000, with groups, councils, individuals, collectives and arts businesses eligible. Funds are primarily for the payment of artists and arts workers to undertake locally-developed arts activities.
Funded activities in 2024 will be spread across the region, including in many smaller communities, and include:
• Grenfell Artists Inc, who have been recruiting new and younger members, will run with a range of half price workshops to help these emerging local artists to help them discover new skills and explore new mediums; helping them to become confident enough to exhibit their work in their newly developed ‘Little Gallery’ in Grenfell.
• Parkes School of Dance will implement formal training for student dance assistants, through the DanceStep syllabus, to develop future dance teachers.
• The Artists of Cowra East collective will send three artists to the CORRIDOR Project’s ERTHWRX residency and industry mentorship program for National Science Week in 2024, with collaborative work being developed for exhibition in the new ‘Cowra Micro Gallery’.
• Five different workshops with professional artists for the Parkes Multicultural Art Group during regular monthly meet ups will broaden the group’s skill base and give them a range of creative experiences.
• Lachlan Arts Council in Condobolin will host a one-day writing workshop with author Kim Kelly. This will involve the Condobolin Writers Group and will be inclusive of those living with a disability.