LGA Arts and Cultural Program recipients announced

White Dogs, Hoarfrost, Silver + Gold, David Serisier, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Photo: David Roma Photography

White Dogs, Hoarfrost, Silver + Gold, David Serisier, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Photo: David Roma Photography

The Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts and Cultural Program will provide more than $6.6 million in total funding to Councils across NSW to support the delivery of activities over the next three years.

Twenty-nine LGAs will benefit from over $3 million in funding in 2020/21 under the program designed to support Local Government deliver exceptional arts and cultural programs across the State, including 19 Councils in regional NSW and 8 in Western Sydney.

Focusing on excellence in arts and cultural outcomes for the communities of NSW, LGAs have been funded for one, two, or three years dependent on the merit and impact for each year of activity. Opportunities to apply for future years will occur on an annual basis.

Funding will cover a variety of arts and cultural activities including the creation of new works, exhibitions, publishing and recording, and conservation or development of collections and equipment purchases.

A full list of the LGA funding recipients is available here.

Local Government Arts and Cultural Program funding opportunities for programs starting in 2021/22 will open in late 2020.

Key Snapshot of LGA Arts & Cultural Programs Funding:

  • 29 Councils successfully demonstrating arts and cultural outcomes will be supported by NSW Government in 2020/21 through a total of $3,098,681 across 19 regional NSW, 8 Western Sydney and 2 metro Sydney LGAs.
  • In 2021/22, 15 recipients will be supported through $1,870,000 in funding across 12 regional NSW and 3 Western Sydney LGAs.
  • $1,700,000 will support 13 recipients in 2022/23 across 11 regional NSW and 2 Western Sydney LGAs.
  • 11 regional NSW and 2 Western Sydney LGAs will receive three years of funding through the program.
  • Significant new programs will be supported in In the first year of LGA funding, including:
    • Newcastle Museum ($135,000 per annum over three years) to service a broad visitation through collections, exhibitions and programming.
    • Lake Macquarie Council ($150,000 per annum over three years) to deliver creative excellence in the city over three years.
    • Coffs Harbour’s Community Curators Program at Coffs Harbour Regional Museum ($72,300) to locate and generate stories to diversify the collections and exhibition of the Museum through a program of training and community engagement.
    • Moree Council ($100,000) for its Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre digitisation program, which aims to digitise an invaluable archive collection of materials relating to the history and culture of the Gamilaroi people of Northern NSW through the creation of a local digital Aboriginal Keeping Place.
Image: White Dogs, Hoarfrost, Silver + Gold, David Serisier, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Photo: David Roma Photography
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Published: 15 September 2020