Money injection for regional arts projects

State Govt stumps up with money to provide 11 regional communities with arts funding


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Guido van Helten will be working with the Paroo Shire Council to paint the water tower in Cunnamulla.

Guido van Helten will be working with the Paroo Shire Council to paint the water tower in Cunnamulla.

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Eleven regional communities will get their chance to push artistic and cultural qualities after confirmation of public funding for a raft of projects.

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ELEVEN regional communities will get their chance to push artistic and cultural qualities after confirmation of public funding for a raft of projects.

The Queensland Arts Program will provide more than $220,000 for projects from Cunnamulla in the south-west to Cairns in the far north.

SugarRush Music has been granted $49,500 to deliver the Big Sky Girls mentoring program, which is in its third year and encourages young emerging regional and remote female artists in Cairns and Gympie.

The Ideas Distillery, Bundaberg, will be given $59,676 for CQ Shopfront, an 18-month developmental program to build the entrepreneurial capacity of Central Queensland artists and will be delivered in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Biloela, Eidsvold, Maryborough and Bundaberg.

Organisers of the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest will have $27,000 to promote the musical genre on the Sunshine Coast.

Artist Guido van Helten will work with the Paroo Shire Council to identify stories to form the design and development of a $40,000 large-scale public art installation on Cunnamulla's water tower.

Mr van Helten's photo-realist works adorn structures across Australia and State Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Towering Cunnamulla project would expand the 'silo art' trail throughout regional Queensland.

Outback Festival Inc, Winton, will celebrate 25 years of festivals, employ visual and performing artists and engage community in skills development workshops after receiving funding of $49,500.

Festival event coordinator Robyn Stephens said the five-day program featuring 100 artists, 40 community workshops and 85 performances in September would strengthen Indigenous arts and cultural tourism.

"This funding being received during the Year of Outback Tourism will drive economic growth through increased visitation to celebrate the 25th celebration of the Outback Festival, delivering a diverse arts and cultural program," Mrs Stephens said.

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