Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Creating WA performances with regional flair

    16/11/2016 2:00 PM
    • $1.3 million for two new regionally based arts grant programs
    • Funding new performance works and artist residencies across the State
    • Supporting jobs in the arts sector and regional centres
    • Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program

    Two new grant programs will assist with the creation of new performing arts works designed to resonate with regional communities, and provide opportunities for artist residencies across regional Western Australia.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the programs, New Work in the House and Artists in the House, would be available through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Creative Regions program.


    "New Work in the House comprises $1 million in grants for new performing arts works that are relevant to regional WA, as well as appealing to a broader audience," he said.


    "The performances will be produced and premiered in country venues or as part of a regional festival.


    "I encourage performers and companies to pitch their ideas to the Department of Culture and the Arts, and they could be invited to develop their concept further or go straight into the commissioning phase."


    The Minister said the second program, Artists in the House, would assist eligible regional performing arts venues and entertainment centres to activate spaces through residencies with professional WA performing artists.


    "This $315,000 grants program is tailored towards research, planning and implementing a regional residency," he said.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said both programs were designed to complement and benefit other Royalties for Regions Creative Regions initiatives.


    "For example, once a new production has premiered and is available to tour regional WA, it may then be eligible for funding through the Department of Culture and the Arts' Regional and Remote Touring Fund," Mr Redman said.


    "Ongoing work through the department's Regional Venues Improvement Fund is providing better equipped venues for touring productions and CircuitWest, as a key delivery partner, is providing business and programming development and community engagement.


    "The program is now in its second year, and the results are evident - there are more performances touring the regions, creating employment for regional artists and arts workers and increasing opportunities for community participation in arts and cultural arts activities."


    Fact File

    • Applications for stage one, or pitch, of New Work in the House are now open and close on December 15, 2016.  The second stage opens in February 2017 and closes at the end of March 2017
    • Applications for Artists in the House open in February 2017 and close at the end of March 2017
    • The Liberal National Government is investing $24 million in culture and the arts over four years.  The Creative Regions program is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the Royalties for Regions program
    • For more information on the new grants programs, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/online-grants/online-grants-programs
    • There are big things happening in regional WA.  Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your community at https://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


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