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Arts and Cultural Grant Announced for Blue Mountains Artists

By Office of Shayne Mallard Member of the Legislative Council
Posted: 18 Dec 2020
Government Member of Parliament and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP announced an early Christmas present for Blue Mountains artists receiving $25,000 in NSW Government funding for local arts and cultural activities.

These recipients are among of 97 diverse projects sharing in over $5 million as part of the first round of Create NSW’s 2020/21 Arts & Cultural Funding Program on behalf of the NSW Government.

Open to individual artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships and organisations, the funding supports professional projects at any stage of the creative process, with the aim of delivering a more vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in NSW.

Visual artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro will produce ‘Many Hands Make Light Work’ which is a project that will document the spirit of co-operation as manifested through human flight.  This involves research to be undertaken in Yui-port, Niigata, Japan, and to create a body of sculptural and video works to be exhibited at the Blue Mountain Cultural Centre.

Mr Mallard said the funding will contribute to supporting the local arts community in a time when it is most needed.

“We have a vibrant arts and cultural sector that has been hard hit by the combined impacts year, and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting visual artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro through the Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

“I know that the Blue Mountains community is looking forward to experiencing and engaging with the local arts and cultural sector as they reopen their doors,” said Mr Mallard.

Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin added “In a year like no other, I am delighted this funding will support programs and projects estimated to employ over 6,000 artists and reach more than 1.4 million people as audiences and participants in arts and cultural activities across the State.”

Arts and cultural organisations and individual artists in regional NSW will benefit from

more than $1.7 million in funding as the NSW Government reaffirms its commitment to supporting the recovery of local communities.

Round 1 also includes over $535,000 for projects and programs that are Aboriginal-led or have a significant focus on First Nations content

A full list of Round 1 recipients is available here. All applications were assessed against published criteria and ranked in order of merit by the Artform Advisory Boards.

Round 2 of Create NSW’s 2020/21 Creative Koori, Project and Annual Organisation funding will open on 1 February 2021. For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit the Create NSW website at Create NSW.

 
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