Arts North West is back! We are delighted to welcome back Inverell Shire Council to the Arts North West network as of 1 July. Arts North West facilitates the development of arts and cultural projects and initiatives across the New England North West region.
We are very excited to announce the following events and opportunities available to the Inverell Shire in the coming months.
One of Arts North West’s key role is to provide professional development opportunities to artists and arts organisations. The very successful Arts Grant Writing Basics workshop will be delivered in Inverell on 8 August at the Inverell Art Gallery offering handy tips and tricks to any individual or community organisation applying for arts grants.
Following the recent Regional Cultural Fund visit to Inverell, Arts North has also organised visits by key funding bodies and service organisations. Create NSW will be running an Ideas Clinic on Wednesday 29 August, and NAVA (National Associations for Visual Arts) will be delivering a workshop on “Value your Arts” on Wednesday 5 September. These are opportunities not only to discuss their services, programs and funding rounds, but also to network with other artists and arts organisations in the Inverell Shire.
The Inverell community now has access to a larger pool of funding of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP). CASP is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW and is currently open for applications. The aim of CASP is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW through small grants. Eligible activities include workshops, exhibitions, performances, artist-in-residence programs, and public art and design projects. Applications close 3 August, so get your idea off the ground – and give Caroline a ring to discuss it.
But there is more! We are always keen to increase participation in arts and cultural activities. Arts North West ON TOUR is currently negotiating theatre productions for Inverell audiences, The North West Arts Trail Open Weekend for the Inverell and Moree region is planned for February 2018 and Creative Koori funding has just been announced and will be offering ongoing arts and cultural support Inverell Aboriginal Community.
Arts North West Executive Director, Caroline Downer will be presenting to the forum organised by the Inverell Cultural Group on 20 August. "It's absolutely fabulous to have Inverell Shire back in the fold,” Ms Downer said, “and I look forward to sharing with the community all the wonderful things we have planned for Inverell”.