THE HON PAUL FLETCHER MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts
THE HON MICHELLE LANDRY MP
Federal Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Northern Australia
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
In a major boost to regional and remote communities, the Morrison Government will support 76 arts projects across Australia, with a share in almost $1.2 million as part of the latest round of the 2021 Regional Arts Fund Project grants.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities, Communications and Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the funding will boost local economies in regional and remote areas across Australia.
“This funding will help regional artists develop works and shows that can be enjoyed by Australians everywhere – both in regional and metropolitan areas,” Minister Fletcher said.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Project grants will provide opportunities for artists and arts workers to cultivate creative community engagement with the arts as we emerge from the pandemic – reconnecting regional communities.
“I am pleased to announce that Rockhampton Art Gallery has been awarded a $29,580 Regional Arts Fund Project grant, which will strengthen their artistic and creative practice, and help develop audiences to reconnect to their communities and continue telling their regional stories,” Ms Landry said.
“This is a major boost for Capricornia, and is part of the Government’s investment towards a sustainable, thriving and diverse arts sector across regional and remote communities.”
Mayor of Rockhampton Tony Williams said “This grant from the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund is a great opportunity for artists living in regional areas to not only develop their own creative practice but for them to study Rockhampton’s nationally significant collection of art works.
The residency will enable them to work in Rockhampton Museum of Art’s Collection Study room, developing their work and creatively exploring new ideas in a new environment, away from the restrictions and pressures of everyday life. We have never been able to offer this type of access to our collection on this scale before.”
Each year the Government provides around $3.6 million through the Regional Arts Fund, supporting sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities.
For more information about the Regional Arts Fund and to view the full list of Project grant recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/regional-arts-fund