Successful Regional Arts Fund Applications Announced

What a great way to wrap up 2018 with the announcement of the following successful Regional Arts Fund applications from the New England North West region.

Miyay Miyay: A Creative Collaboration

Miyay Miyay: A Creative Collaboration is a two-year project comprising of the creative development of a performing arts piece based on the Gamilaroi version of ‘Miyay Miyay’, the ‘Seven Sisters’ songline, and is inspired by Country and the landscape of the New England North West. Central to the project will be an artistic collaboration between two key Gamilaroi artists – writer Cathy Craigie, and dancer Katie Leslie. In its entirety, this project will comprise of research and development, a creative residency, mentorships, documentation, presentation, further creative development and regional tour components.

New England Writers Centre Stories Connect

Stories Connect is an innovative and creative multi-arts project aimed at forging fruitful connections between the newly- Regional Arts Fund NSW - List of Projects Funded 2019 Page 2 resettled Yazidi refugee community in Armidale and the broader community, through the creation and sharing of stories. With a mix of writing and illustration workshops for school-aged children, story, songwriting, poetry and photographic narrative workshops for young people, and storytelling/sharing sessions for adults and children. The project will be delivered in partnership with Settlement Services International, who will facilitate consultation with the local refugee community, Armidale Regional Council, and Arts North West.

Screenwave Nextwave: Building a Network for Regional NSW Youth Film Development Regions

Screenwave will partner with Mayfly Media and Got Ya Back Productions across two years to develop Nextwave’s youth film and mental health education program in the Riverina and Upper Hunter – adding to the current regions of Mid North Coast, New England and Northern Rivers. Nextwave will train mid-career filmmakers as workshop facilitators, educating more young regional Australians with employable creative skills. The program will raise the profile of screen arts in regional NSW schools, build capacity for teachers to support student filmmakers and see the production of original films to be distributed nationally.

Six New England North West Creative Projects Funded for 2018/2019

Six organisations from across the New England North West region have been successful in securing a Country Art Support Program grant (CASP). CASP bolters community spirit throughout the state by encouraging people to create and experience local art projects.

“I congratulate the successful applicants and really look forward to seeing these projects roll out in 2019. The diversity of the successful projects will make a valuable contribution to the arts and cultural landscape in the New England North West” said Arts North West Executive Director, Caroline Downer.

The successful applications are as follows:

Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden: Matriarchal Image Reclamation Workshop $3,000 - Anaiwan and Gumbaynggirr artist Gabi Briggs will deliver a one-day workshop where Aboriginal matriarchs and family will work together using techniques of re-colouring and collage. They will take ownership of photographic imagery while sharing and reclaiming community histories.

Batiba Guwiyal Inc: Our Culture, Women's Way's $3,000 - Funding will be used to facilitate a series of five workshops for young Aboriginal women from Armidale. They will be mentored by older women while learning new arts and cultural skills like weaving, dancing etc.

Connect Effect: In Tune $3,000 - Commencing with a celebration song about a shared sense of place and things that bring people together, local HipHop artist Nate Weatherall and Sydney-based producer Daniel Neurath will conduct a two-day workshop teaching production and writing skills to young people from the local tribes of Armidale.

Gunnedah Shire Council: Nagami-Li Nugurrugu (To See Tomorrow) $3,000 - Nagami-Li Nugurrugu (To See Tomorrow) is a street art and mural project in Gunnedah’s CBD that will explore contemporary and traditional indigenous arts practices, stories and symbols.

Inverell Art Society Inc.: Sapphire City Festival Public Art Project - $3,000 Young people aged 12-18, invited from local schools, youth groups and diverse communities, will construct sculptures of Black Swans from paper and cane. These swans will be mounted and carried by youths in the 2019 Sapphire City Festival Parade.

New England Writers' Centre: Stories Connect community storytelling and sharing sessions - $2,800 Community storytelling sessions within the New England Writers’ Centre Stories Connect project aim to engage with the newly-resettled Yazidi refugee community and support community relationship building.

CASP is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.




Mark Making Workshop Moree

FREE Creativity Workshop for Aboriginal Artists
Mon 3 Dec 10am - 3pm (lunch provided)
Moree TAFE Art Room

Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in a piece of art. It applies to any art material on any surface, not only paint on canvas or pencil on paper. Join Aboriginal Arts Officer Lorrayne Riggs to explore the creative possibilities of mark making.

RSVP to Lorrayne via 0467 668 977