Country Arts Support Program (CASP) supports arts projects across the Upper Hunter.

The NSW government has announced $17,458 in arts project funding to Arts Upper Hunter’s region.

The funding was part of the NSW Government’s CASP which is administered by Regional Arts NSW and the 14 NSW regional arts development organisations of which Arts Upper Hunter is one. Nearly $250,000 was distributed for 76 projects across the state. Recipients applied in 2017 for projects occurring in 2018.

Applications for projects in 2019 open in May this year so now’s a good time to start thinking about a project.  Arts Upper Hunter is happy to help develop ideas and applications.

Successful recipients in the Upper Hunter region are:

Clarence Town Public School: Canteen Paddock to Plate Mural: ($2,331)
In January 2018, Clarence Town Public School will employ a local artist to paint a mural with school children on the canteen wall. The mural will incorporate a 'Paddock to Plate’ theme to educate and inspire school children and highlight the area’s rural community.

Murrurundi & District Historical Society Inc.: Quilts 2018 ($1,076)
The Murrurundi & District Historical Society will host the second bi-annual quilt show and introduce a new workshop for quilters in the region during the event.

Murrurundi Pre-School Inc:    Musically Exploring Africa ($3,000)
The children of Murrurundi will come together in a collaborative project involving Murrurundi Pre-School, Murrurundi Public School and Blandford Public School that will explore the history and culture of African Drumming through the Rhythm Connect Team, culminating with an evening performance for their community.

Scone Arts & Craft Inc: Spinners & Weavers: The Wonders of Weaving - Fibres to Fabric ($2,251)
The Wonders of Weaving - Fibres to Fabric workshop will be led by a specialist in Saori weaving, teaching the craft to the Scone Spinners and Weavers group. The group will learn new skills and be inspired by the creativity of an ancient art with fibre to weaving fabric.

Upper Hunter Community Services Inc: Ridgy Didge Aboriginal Cultural Program ($3,000)
As part of efforts to teach children about Aboriginal Culture, two half-day workshops will be held at the QEII Community Centre during the January school holiday for local teens aged 12-15. Participants of the workshops will be given the opportunity to paint an Aboriginal art canvas, carve and decorate a didgeridoo, play the didgeridoo and read dreamtime stories.

Upper Hunter Shire Council: Augmented Reality for Museums and Galleries ($2,800)
A recognised specialist in augmented reality technology will be engaged to present a workshop to members of the Upper Hunter Museum's Network, Arts Councils and gallery owners, to help members develop skills and introduce new technology to attract people to museums and galleries in the Upper Hunter Shire.

Upper Hunter Shire Council: Youth Services: Making It Big ($3,000)Youth aged 12-17 will design a large-scale puppet for presentation in the annual May Horse Festival Parade. This is an opportunity for Scone youth to become actively involved in the community’s largest celebration and to feel a sense of pride and ownership for their contribution.

For all the details please visit Regional Arts NSW's website


Image: integratedliving Limited hosted a week long African drumming workshop culminating in a concert. Project supported by CASP 2017. Photo courtesy of Chic Taylor from integratedliving Limited.




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Lleyton Hails

Lleyton is a young filmmaker from Scone.  He participated in the Blue Heeler Film Festival for three years winning three awards including "The Bluey" (best short film).  He was a finalist in the 2016 Dungog Festival. Lleyton was recently nominated for a 2018 Upper Hunter Australia Day Award.  

The world premiere of Lleyton’s latest film, My Black Dog will be on 2nd March at Scone Rugby Club and the short film will be released online on Lleyton’s Studios Youtube channel on 3rd March. Read more....

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“I was at a stage after I created my last short film Madness that won the 2016 People’s Choice Award at the Blue Heeler Film Festival, that I didn’t know what short film I wanted to make next.” Read more…


Contact Details

Mark Reedman
Regional Arts Development Officer
0409 382 509

Sandra Reichel
Office Manager:

02 6541 4776

Arts Upper Hunter is supported by Upper Hunter Shire Council, Singleton Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Dungog Shire Council.
Arts Upper Hunter is a member of Regional Arts NSW.