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GLAMfest RISE Funding Announcement

West Darling Arts has successfully attracted $300,583 in funding through the federal government’s RISE fund to establish the Gawler Laneway Arts and Music Festival (GLAMfest). RISE was established to support the reactivation of Australia’s Arts sector following the impact of Covid-19.
This significant grant will fund a range of contemporary arts and music projects in Broken Hill throughout 2022 and early 2023. Contemporary artists and musicians will partner with local galleries and museums to research and bring the city’s unique heritage to life through new creative works. These include Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum, Trades Hall, and Broken Hill Historical Society.
West Darling Arts Project Officer, Jo Crase, said “the project will include a program of masterclasses, workshops and artist-talks to foster the exchange of skills, knowledge and perspective between the visiting and local artists. This is essential to ongoing professional development and connectivity within our remote arts community.”
The creative projects will result in exhibitions and a Laneway Festival during Heritage Week Festival 2023.
The funding allows for extensive promotion of the event to attract audiences. It is expected GLAMfest will bring significant benefits to the region and the wider arts community alike: bolstering the economy, fostering community pride and increasing professional development and networking for local creatives.
In a Media Release yesterday, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said this $20 million in funding is especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.
“Demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 23,000 employment opportunities across the country,” Minister Fletcher said.
“Our commitment to these organisations will play an important part in rebuilding our local arts and entertainment sectors, and will assist in the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations throughout the Parkes electorate.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the RISE Fund provides critical support for local arts organisations, helping local communities and economies to restart from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am pleased to announce that West Darling Arts has received $300,583 to launch the Gawler Laneway Arts and Music Festival (GLAMFest),” Mr Coulton said.
This project is proudly supported by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, and the Office for the Arts through the RISE Fund.
For further information and images contact West Darling Arts:
Cathy Farry: rado@westdarlingarts.com.au | 0487 903 507
Jo Crase: projectofficer@westdarlingarts.com.au | 0429 185 108
Kelly Leonard: communications@westdarlingarts.com.au |

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