Arts North West has been successful in securing a $51,147 Regional Partnership Grant from Arts NSW between the New England Writers Centre, the Museums Australia NW Chapter and Bauer Media.
The Stuff of Tales is a strategic partnership to develop and promote access in, and engagement to, small museums in the New England North West. A writer will work closely with each museum to deliver professional development workshops as well as to create a story inspired by an object chosen from the permanent collection, targeted to young people. The project will culminate with the creation of an online storybook, a collection of youth generated digital stories and a marketing campaign developed for the cultural tourism market.
This project is a fantastic opportunity for communities to get behind their wonderful museums, and to explore and celebrate the unique hidden treasures in their collections. Regional writers (Sophie Masson, John Heffernan, Ian Irvine, Beattie Alvarez, Fiona McDonald and Bronwyn Parry) will be working with volunteers from each of the six museums - The History House, Glen Innes; Powerstation Museum, Tamworth; McCrossins Mill Uralla; Saumarez Homestead Armidale; The Roxy Museum Bingara and Railway Journeys Museum Werris Creek. These writers will also be providing youth creative writing workshops in those communities. We can’t wait to see the stories that will be generated!.