Six projects in Barker will receive Federal Government funding through the Regional Arts Fund Community Grants program, delivered through Country Arts SA.


Member for Barker Tony Pasin said more than $80,000 would flow through to the Barker community through the program.


“Barker has a vibrant arts community and through the latest round of the Government’s Regional Arts Fund Community Grants program, the Federal Government is enabling them to deliver exciting new projects” Mr Pasin said.


Projects in Coonalpyn, Mount Gambier, Pinnaroo, Barmera and Loxton will deliver a range of projects from mosaic street art to documentaries and dance performance.


The Australian Government is providing more than $668,000 through the latest Regional Arts Fund Community Grants round to support regional artists and arts organisations.


“The recipients of the Community Grants program reflect Australia’s rich and diverse arts sector, with projects to be delivered by a wide range of community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, youth, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, older Australians and people with disability,” Mr Pasin said.


“The funding will help organisations and individuals develop new works and performances, and create opportunities to engage local communities across Barker,” Mr Pasin said.


Each year the Government provides around $3.5 million through the Regional Arts Fund, which is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia and delivered by regional arts organisations in each state and territory.


Coonalpyn Mosaic Group
Designing for Mosaics
A mosaic artist will be employed to deliver a series of design workshops that will develop the skills of the Coonalpyn Mosaic Group and assist them to design their own projects. The workshops will result in public art outcomes on street furniture in Coonalpyn. $2,741

Riddoch Art Gallery
Riddoch Art and Cultural Complex, Mount Gambier
Video Art During and After the Pandemic
The Riddoch Art Gallery will curate a selection of socially responsive video artworks that will convey how the global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives and practice of artists from the Limestone Coast, South Australia, and overseas. $25,000

Riverland Youth Theatre
Bonney Theatre, Barmera
Nunga Rhythms Travelling Through Creativity
Through the eyes of Riverland Youth Theatre’s Nunga Rhythms, this project will document the approach of established Riverland First Nations artists, to show how their contemporary art is informed by their traditional art practices. Through this innovative process, the Nunga Rhythms participants will devise and perform their own response to the provocations presented to them. $7,300

Mallee Arts
The Pinnaroo Project
The Pinnaroo Project will be a unique, collaborative community arts and health project devised in response to the limited availability of health services in Pinnaroo, and for residents to mitigate that need through long term arts and cultural activities. This project will also include a research component measuring the impact of arts and culture on physical health, led by Flinders University. $25,000

Anya McKee
Mount Gambier
Localising DADS – a paternal dance project
In this artist-led initiative, Mount Gambier based choreographer Anya McKee will work with two young local dancers, Anton Gabutina and Espoir Alpha, to create a short work about dance and family, using interviews from their fathers and grandfathers as a starting point. This new short work will have a performance outcome in Dance Makers Collective’s Mount Gambier season DADS, premiering in South Australia. $9,990

Loxton Basketball Association
Loxton Basketball 70th Documentary
Six Foot Four Productions will assist the Loxton Basketball Association to produce a short documentary covering the rich history and heritage of this regional sports club. Three young film-makers will also be mentored throughout this process. $10,600


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