Local communities to benefit from an additional $1.39 million arts funding

Black Drop Effect, Bankstown Arts Centre. Image: Chris Woe.

Black Drop Effect, Bankstown Arts Centre. Image: Chris Woe.

Communities across NSW are set to benefit with more arts and cultural programs, as 17 Councils receive over $1.39 million in funding through the NSW Government’s 2021/2022 Local Government Authorities (LGA) funding round.

This increases the NSW Government investment for Create NSW’s 2021/22 LGA funding round to more than $3.26 million across 32 Councils.

The funding will support the delivery of new projects and performances for audiences across NSW, while providing increased employment opportunities for the sector.

The 17 funded projects are expected to generate more than $10.4 million in direct economic value across NSW in goods, services and jobs. It is estimated these projects will reach an audience above 958,000 people, involving over 5,300 artists.

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.

See the full list of the 2021/22 year one recipients.


Key Snapshot of LGA Arts & Cultural Programs Funding:

  • In 2021/22, the NSW Government will support 32 Councils successfully demonstrating arts and cultural outcomes through a total of $3,264,500 across 22 regional NSW, 9 Western Sydney and 1 Southern Sydney LGAs.
    • This consists of $1,394,500 in new funding and $1,870,000 in previously committed funding.
  • Significant new programs will be supported, including:
    • A total of $360,000 over three years will be provided to Parramatta City Council to support their live music program employing musicians, producers and music industry workers from Western Sydney.
    • Dubbo Regional Council’s Cultural Growth Project with a total of $268,500 over three years.
    • $90,000 to Tweed Regional Museum for three projects each taking programs out into community, and extending audience reach and engagement. Two projects involve a two-part exhibition model incorporating Mobile Museum, the third pilots a new education program model focussed on natural heritage and Aboriginal cultural landscape.
    • $80,000 to Granville Centre Art Gallery to deliver four key contemporary art exhibitions including artwork commissions and public programs.
    • $50,000 to Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s Yaam Gumbaynggirr Jagun project to engage a First Nations curator to commission new artworks and curate an exhibition of Gumbaynggirr artists.
Image: Black Drop Effect, Bankstown Arts Centre. Image: Chris Woe.
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Published: 30 March 2021