Art projects across region to benefit from grant cash

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Tracie Walsh before the inaugural Capel Makers Trail this year.
Camera IconTracie Walsh before the inaugural Capel Makers Trail this year. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

The South West arts industry is set to receive more than $31,000 in Federal funding courtesy of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

Donnybrook art historian and curator Diana McGirr will receive $14,930 to help her work digitally preserving the works of Douglas Chambers.

“This allows me to undertake a really important documentation of Douglas Chambers’ studio archive,” she said.

“It allows me to employ a photographer to train me in the process of archival photography and also means I can give Douglas something for his contribution towards this activity.”

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More than $127,600 in funding was allocated to WA, shared across seven regional arts and culture projects.

The other South West body to receive funding are the organisers of the Capel Makers Trail, an event designed to bring together artisans and art enthusiasts within the Shire of Capel.

Event coordinator Tracie Walsh said she was over the moon with the news the event would be getting an extra $16,600 in funding to help run it again next year.

“This funding will be specifically going to equipment hire, event coordination costs and we’re putting on a visual merchandising workshop for the makers,” she said.

“We want to include more indigenous and more young makers next year so we’re just doing the ground work now.”

According to Regional Arts WA chief executive Paul MacPhail, the fund is crucial to cultural development outcomes and social cohesion in regional, rural and remote WA.

“The diversity of projects and themes being explored has the potential for significant impact in regional communities and it was inspiring to see the number of quality projects being developed by individual artists and organisations in regional WA,” he said.

“This injection of $127,669 will build markets on a Statewide, national and international scale, whilst also supporting the development of local arts initiatives.”

Applications for the next round of funding will open in January and close on March 6.

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