Regional Arts Fund past recipients - ACT

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) supports identified Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) activity delivered through the Belconnen Arts Centre and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Supported projects

Activities supported with RAF funding include:

Belconnen Arts Centre 2016

Dream Machine / DeTOUR / Talk Blak: Focusing on Indigenous and new migrant young people, this was culminating realisation of a creative journey facilitated by Michael Wier (Wiz) and Priya Chandra, where participants found their voice through music. A life-size bus sculpture generated by Byrd provided a framework for the participants to collaborate with the artist on visual embellishment of a space to present their voice, stories, video and soundscapes. NAIDOC by the Lake and BelcoNOW celebrations provided a public performance outcome for participants of Talk Blak, building their skills in generating new materials and performance.

Through these programs young people developed skills and explored their cultural knowledge to write stories and lyrics, and performed their work publicly. Participants noticeably developed their ability to prepare material throughout the year; and learnt more about Indigenous culture through their mentor, Michael, and also through time shared with Elders and Adrian Brown touring sites of significance around Canberra.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 2016

First Nations: This project culminated in a 38 minute documentary about the region's most senior Ngunnawal Elder, Aunty Agnes Shea. A large number of community members participated in the film and an emerging Indigenous film maker was mentored by the contracted filmmaker. The film, Footprints on Our Land is reaching audiences across Australia, and has been instrumental in building an Indigenous audience for the Arts Centre. The film is being used as a tool for Indigenous healing through the arts and was presented at a national healing conference in Ballina NSW.

Belconnen Arts Centre 2015

Talk Blak radio / DeTOUR: An Indigenous-led project with Michael Weir, from Stik n Move, and managed by guest producer, Priya Chandra. The project involved working with Indigenous and new migrant rappers to make new music, uncover stories and discover hidden talents by bringing artists together to develop a radio program of interviews and hip hop music. Participants uncovered and generated alternative narratives in rap and hip hop music through their collaborative journey, and the juxtaposition of Indigenous perspectives with the perspectives of those recently arrived in Australia. The project created an effective and creative dialogue between diverse individuals. A partnership was secured with the National Film and Sound Archive which offered staff and studio resources.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 2015

Make Your Mark: In partnership with the Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre, working with local artist Tiffany Thiedeman, this project saw families from a range of multicultural and mental health backgrounds, as well as two local Koori Preschools, working with an artist to design and paint a mural on the garden walls at the Child and Family Centre. The mural was launched as part of Harmony Day in March and showcased the way the participants could work together to 'make their mark’ and feel connected and accepted as part of the Tuggeranong community.

Theatre Design: In partnership with Rebus Theatre whose work champions disability rights, equity and equality, a short workshop series in theatre design targeted to people living with disabilities. Stage designer Christiane Nowak led participants through the process of working to a design brief to create prop and set items for two short plays. The group designed and created a comprehensive costume, prop and set design package for ongoing use by Rebus Theatre.

Inclusive Dance Workshops: Participants experienced the freedom and joy of dance and improvisation in a welcoming and supportive environment. Fortnightly inclusive dance and movement classes focused on improvisational movement, and were led by a variety of skilled and experienced tutors. The sessions were open to people living with and without disability, for all abilities and levels of experience. These sessions created a positive learning environment, rich with the creative possibilities, with each participant valued for what they bring.

Belconnen Arts Centre 2014

Artspace: A series of visual art workshops culminating in the 'Shapes in Space' exhibition in the main gallery of the Belconnen Arts Centre to mark the International Day of People with a Disability (I-Day).

Room to Move: A monthly program of dance classes for all abilities, also offering development for locally based dance teachers to gain experience working with mixed ability groups.

Dancing with Parkinsons: For people with Parkinson’s disease, rigorous dance classes led by trained teaching artists are internationally recognized as an important, beneficial and welcome addition to the portfolio of recognized and researched exercise and therapy interventions. By approaching movement as dance students, not as patients, persons with Parkinson’s can focus on PD-specific concerns like mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility in an enjoyable, social and communal environment. Dance classes create an environment emphasizing expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building.

Inside Out: Visual art workshops presented for people receiving support in collaboration with the Richmond Fellowship, culminating in the production of a book reflecting on mental illness.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 2014

Visible-Invisible: Painting workshops offering vision impaired children and young people the opportunity to paint utilising textural and scented paints, supported by the ACT Education Directorate and Amaroo School.

Artfully: Painting workshops with visual artist Timo Nest for community members in rented housing, particularly those experiencing disadvantage, culminating in an exhibition for International Tenants Day. Delivered in partnership with the Tenants Union ACT and supported by the Belconnen Arts Centre.

Autism-Aspergers school holiday program: Developed in partnership with Autism-Aspergers ACT, and offering a variety of activities suitable for children, their siblings and parents/carers. Children explored their own creativity using puff-paints, bubble paints and chalk paints and experimented with using materials including moon sand, liquid mud and slime as sensory additions to clay-working activities. Being able to participate in fun, interactive arts-based activities helped reduce social isolation by giving children and their parents and carers the opportunity to connect with other families.

Music and Movement: A project in partnership with the ANU School of Music and the Friends of Brain Injury Children (FBIC), combining music-making sessions while families were engaged in hydrotherapy (and swimming lessons for siblings).

Belconnen Arts Centre 2013

Room to Move: Monthly dance classes for all abilities, with a particular focus on people living with disability. The focus of the program was to inspire, encourage and to support the creative improvised input of all participants, and to value and celebrate those contributions. A number of dance tutors and support tutors were invited to lead the sessions, providing a variety of dance genres for the participants. Feedback from participants and tutors was overwhelmingly positive.

MAPA, Mixed Ability Performing Arts Group: Convened by Robin Davidson to develop links and conversations between various mixed ability performing arts groups, MAPA sought to bring together groups that would have the capacity to collaborate on projects or would participate collectively in large community productions. A disability theatre group was established, with the support of Belconnen Community Service. Participants learned new performance and acting skills and performed in the Mindscapes Festival.

Jennifer Herd workshop: A collaboration between the Belconnen Arts Centre, the Museum of Australian Democracy, and the Yurauna Centre, Canberra Institute of Technology, with support from the ANU School of Art. Influential Indigenous artist and Griffith University academic, Jennifer Herd, presented a day-long workshop to 17 local Indigenous artists and students at the Yuauna Centre. The aim was to support  the conceptual development of local Indigenous artists. Participants experienced working in a contemporary, conceptual and personally significant way under Jennifer's direction.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 2013

Lingua Loca: A poetry writing workshop for participants writing in a language other than English. Held in three stages, participants worked with professional artists to workshop, perform, and integrate music into their poems. The program was developed in partnership with the ACT Writers Centre, and was supported by the Gorman House Arts Centre. Participants showcased their work at an open reading performance.

Nexus: A cross-cultural contemporary visual arts exhibition, combining photography, installation, print, painting and silver work. Nexus explored issues of identity including loss and belonging across cultures. The main goal of the exhibition was to tighten the cultural dialogue between visual art artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and present an example of how art can be an intercultural language.

Belconnen Arts Centre 2012

Intercultural Hand - international artist in residence: Aine Crowley, an established community artist from Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland was selected for an artsACT supported residency to work in partnership with the Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Group to deliver a multicultural women’s community art project. Aine worked with 16 women from a variety of backgrounds over eight weeks, teaching and learning new skills and creating a space that supported interaction. Participants explored the possibilities of arts to connect diverse groups within the community.

Self-reflections: An exhibition coinciding with the International Day of People with Disability, featuring artwork by 28 people living with disability. The majority of works were produced during workshops with the Arts AbiliTEA group, facilitated by Nicola Lambert. Also Included were works from the Black Mountain School, Hands On Studio, Links for Life (Communities@work Gungahlin) and Studio Artes (Hornsby, NSW).

Tuggeranong Arts Centre 2012

100 Bricks: A ceramic workshop culminating in a mosaic exhibition and permanent display at the Belconnen Community Centre. Funding supported the cost of visual artist, Elena Bozhko-Marshall to tutor participants. Over the course of eight weeks, Elena inspired people with and without a disability to sculpt and glaze individual 3D ceramic tiles that were curated into a mosaic mural. The bricks encapsulated 100 different views of the ACT community, each one an individual expression.

Dreams in Clay: A ceramic workshop project for seniors. Activities were designed to stimulate exploration and creativity in a secure and nurturing environment. Participants were able to explore and discover art, supported by a professional artist, and some works are on permanent display at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

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