Funding the future of regional art

LOCAL ARTS: The D'Faces of Youth Arts crew secured a Regional Arts Fund grant to fund their highly successful Area 53 production.
LOCAL ARTS: The D'Faces of Youth Arts crew secured a Regional Arts Fund grant to fund their highly successful Area 53 production.

Calling all regional artists - the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) 2020 Grant Round is open now, providing artists with funding of up to $25,000 to help make their dreams a reality.

The funding is specifically for regional art project and offers grants in two different categories - Step Out (up to $25,000) and Step In (up to $5000), with the Quick Response Grant (up to $3000) available throughout the year for regional artists wanting to access professional arts development opportunities.

In 2019, the Regional Arts Fund Step Up and Step Out grants saw support for 25 new projects sharing in more than $287,734.

It was also instrumental in funding the Whyalla D'Faces of Youth Arts Area 53 project, which was performed at the Adelaide Fringe and won a RUBY Award in 2018.

Former D'Faces Company Manager Deb Hughes is now the Whyalla City Council Arts and Cultural Facilitator, and helps artists to apply for funding through the RAF.

Mr Hughes said there were many artists around the regions who had gone on to produce high quality projects by utilising RAF grants.

"We had an Aboriginal artist in Port Augusta who has done a mentorship with a ceramicist to push his artistic skills in a different direction," she said.

"For an organisation if you get the right project, like D'Faces did, then it can be really beneficial. D'Faces regularly apply to the round and they're currently doing a project with the Whyalla Music Association funded by the RAF."

Ms Hughes has been assisting artists from the APY Lands, Cummins, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and many more with their grant applications for the RAF.

"Lots of people all over the area apply, it's exciting to meet new artists. A lot of projects that have been successful have been about connecting organisations which is really great to see," she said.

"I'm always excited when an artist from this area secures a grant, I want to see lots of applications from regional artists and I'm here to help them have the best opportunity to win a grant."

For more information about the program, including guidelines and instructions please visit www.countryarts.org.au.