• Hannah Phillips

Murraylands Regional Arts Boost

The Coorong Suicide Prevention Network in Tailem Bend and Ninkowar Inc. in Murray Bridge have received combined funding through the Regional Arts Fund.

A total of $22,000 will go towards the organisations to broaden community engagement with the arts and support the region's growing creative sector.

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts and Tony Pasin, Member for Barker announced funding earlier this month, with Mr Pasin explaining the details: “Funding was provided to the Coorong Suicide Prevention Network for the Long Story Short Project.

"With a focus on regional men, Arts Facilitator Mark Thompson will lead artists to create contemporary narratives that tell the region’s stories through site specific artworks, signage and digital pathways along the Mallee, Princess and Dukes Highways.

“Funding was provided to Ninkowar Inc. for the Kaiki and Taralyi Project [in which] visual artist Damien Shen and Photographer James Tylor will present workshops for Indigenous artists living in the Coorong region.

"The work created will be exhibited in conjunction with Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contemporary Art in October 2017," Mr Pasin said.

Minister Fifield said the Coalition Government has announced more than $850,000 through the Regional Arts Fund March funding round to support 53 regional arts and cultural projects across Australia.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting arts and culture in regional and remote areas.

"Programs like the Regional Arts Fund increase access to cultural experiences outside our urban centres and enable people to build professional skills and networks where they live,” Minister Fifield said.

“The Regional Arts Fund also helps to boost the profile of regional and remote artists and fosters new opportunities for individuals and organisations."

For more information about the program and to view the full list of funding recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/raf.

If you or someone you know needs to reach out, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Image Source - Coorong District Council

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