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We are thrilled to announce the 12 successful Mid North Coast arts projects which will be funded by our 2024 Country Arts Support Program! Congratulations to the following individuals and organisations who will enrich our region’s arts and cultural scene with these exciting projects:

  • Lucy Frost – Introduction to Circus Workshops: A school holiday program of four sessions, teaching circus skills to 9-12 year old, 13- 16 year old and 18- 24 year old NDIS participants, partnering with Got Ya Back Theatre at Hollingworth St Theatre, Port Macquarie.
  • Nyiirunba Djuyalbaa – Our Storyplace: Our Storyplace will provide a workspace above Sunset Framing & Printing, Port Macquarie for community to come together, offer workshops and create and store supplies, with the objective to exhibit works.
  • Bellingen Playback Theatre Company – Place Making: Our Community, Our Stories: Bellingen Playback Theatre Company will perform 90 minute improvised and interactive theatre events for smaller local communities, utilising outlying rural halls of Kalang, Brierfield, and Valla.
  • Pablo Blitzer – Gumba: Gumba will bring world class puppetry and live music (amongst other disciplines) to kids in rural and remote areas through school performances. The project aims to write the script and build a promotional package to promote the shows through schools.
  • Antonio Giri Mazzella – Bello Carnevale Street Band: Building on the success of last year’s Zany Zanni Street Band with homeschool youth, this project engages local drum, brass and percussion musicians to play traditional Italian Carnevale tunes and present street theatre scenes as elements of a masked parade at Bellingen Taranta Festival 2024.
  • Bellingen Community Arts Council – The Bellingen Shire Arts Trail Weekend: The Arts Trail Weekend celebrates the work of the many arts and cultural workers across the Bellingen Shire. It is anticipated that between 60 and 70 artists and performers will open their studios, galleries, workshops or shops for two days to coincide with the established Australian Ceramics Open Studio Weekend.
  • Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Incorporated – Making A Magical Mural: The project will be a participative element of the Festival’s kids program. A primed background with an outlined festival scene for the kids to come along and get painting, over the two days working towards a completed work of collaborative art which will become a future feature of the Festival decor.
  • Macleay Valley Arts Council Inc – Dan Tuffy & Bella Frankie at the Bandbox: This project will present a performance of internationally based but locally born musician Dan Tuffy and Evans Head based group Bella Frankie at the Kempsey Bandbox Theatre on 21 July 2024.
  • SmartArts CCD – Between The Lines: ‘Between the Lines’ is a program of creative writing skills development workshops exploring traditional, contemporary and technological processes and forms of poetry and story writing with author Jen Hetherington and creative producer Denni Scott Davis. Workshops will cover the ‘how to’ from concept to publishing to promotion.
  • Dr Emma Gentle – Deeper Than This: A photographic and video installation that invites the viewer into the ancient reflections within Gumbaynggirr waterways. The artworks were conceived during the slow contemplative times of Covid and the floods and encourage each viewer to be open to their psyche’s suggestions as they interpret the mirror images.
  • Josie Atkinson – ‘Bower Bird: Gumbaynggirr Artists First Solo Exhibition: ‘Bower Bird’ is Gumbaynggirr artist Josie Rose’s first solo exhibition at The Gallery, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance. The exhibition will run from November 28 2024 – January 6 2025 featuring a window display highlighting the importance of Caring for Country and Eco Health.
  • Chris Proctor – Chris Proctor and Brad Collins Joint Show: Local artists Chris Proctor and Brad Collins will be present a joint art show, showcasing new work and collaborative pieces. The exhibition will be held at Thistle Flowers in Port Macquarie.

Country Arts Support Program is Arts Mid North Coast’s annual small grants program, guided by Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

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