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"2014 - Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grants supports projects across the Upper Hunter"

The NSW government has announced more than $20,000 in small arts project funding to the Upper Hunter Region region. The funding was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Country Arts Support Program (CASP) which allocated $250,000 to 120 country arts projects across the State.

Mark Reedman, Regional Arts Development Officer, said, "A wonderfully diverse range of projects were funded so keep your eye open for the call to participate in or attend these. "

CASP is an annual grant program offering grants up to $3,000 for locally initiated projects. Applications usually open August and close early October. Arts Upper Hunter will be running two grant writing workshops leading up to application period, and we will be publishing the dates via Artsbark, our website, Facebook and Twitter.

Upper Hunter Shire Council
Let’s Make a Movie
Grant: $3,000.00
“Let’s Make a Movie” encourages young people to explore the film making process & produce a short film within their nominated theme. Film making workshops will be held in Murrurundi, Merriwa & Scone in early 2014 to educate young people aged 10-18 yrs. Participants will have 4 weeks to produce a short film individually or within groups. A short film  event will be held to show & celebrate the films.

Upper Hunter Community Services
Colour The Brook
Grant: 1,900.00
Local artist Leanne Ward will run a series of mosaic workshops at the Muswellbrook Library during school holidays to enhance the outdoor spaces and encourage community usage. The areas to be mosaicked are already existing ie concrete bench seats, courtyard area.

Singleton Writers Group

Writing Your Life, Writing Your Memoir
Grant: $1,140.00
The Singleton Writers Group will host Jacqueline Kent, a prize winning writer of non-fiction and biography and an experienced writing teacher, to present a workshop on writing your memoir at Singleton Public Library in May 2014. Her biography of a pioneering Australian book editor, ‘A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life’, won the 2002 National Biography Award.

Singleton Public Library
Poetry Writing Workshop
Grant: $800.00
Poet Jean Kent from the Hunter Writer’s Centre will facilitate a 6 hour poetry workshop at the Singleton Library. 

Singleton Council
Singleton Art House
Grant: $2,800.00
The Singleton Council supports local artists, who participate in an Arts Festival every two years. We wish to provide more ongoing support and provide artist workshops with a professional artist at the start of each year. Ideally up to four workshops will be open to all community members, to encourage skills development in budding artists and to enhance the technique of established artists.

Shakespeare In Gloucester Festival
Bell Shakespeare Workshops
Grant: $1,351.00
The 16th annual Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival to be held in May 2014 will be staging the play ‘Merchant of Venice’ performed by Stooged Theatre. To complement the performance James Evens, Bell Shakespeare’s Resident Artist in Education, will be conducting a series of two hour workshops during the festival interpreting the Merchant of Venice and acting points.

Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre Inc
Creative Threads
Grant: $1,258.00
The Scone Neighbourhood centre will have 2 workshops open to the general community at the Aberdeen Community Hall. An experienced Quilting tutor will share her knowledge and techniques with the participants with aim that they will exhibit their work at a future Aberdeen Quilt Extravaganza.

Scone Arts and Crafts Inc.
WEAVING Fibre & Yarn to Fabric & Fashion
Grant $1,420.00
Local spinners and weavers will participate in a weaving skills workshop “Fibre & Yarn to Fabric & Fashion” in April-June 2014. The aim of the workshops is do develop the skills of students to attain variety, great inspiration and creativity with the ancient craft of weaving.

Murrurundi District Arts Council
Painting the Pages Public Art Project
Grant: $1,820.00
The Arts Council will engage well known, respected artist Hanna Kay, to run a 2 day workshop in Murrurundi focusing on the theme of the Pages River. The aim of the project is to create at least 12 visual representations of a rehabilitated river to help raise community awareness and consolidate community aspirations for the local environment.

Dungog Shire Community Centre
Audio Scapes - a Sound Portrait in Dungog Shire.
Grant $3,000.00
Audio Scapes is a workshop in environmental sound recording led by artist Virginia Hilyard. The trainer will also give a talk/performance on the artform. On location in Dungog shire, students will learn to listen, record and output their work, and be introduced to the notion of making a portrait of an environment (bush, town, room, life) in sound.

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Scone (ADFAS)
Project: Scone ADFAS Inc. Program 2014
Grant: $2,238.00
Scone ADFAS promotes eight lectures yearly with ancillary arts related activities. ADFAS lecturers are mostly (6) from NADFAS (UK); some are Australian (2). They are all experts in their field and often curators of galleries or professionals who have written widely on their subjects. The topics range from furniture, music, gardens, art, travel, archaeology to literature and architecture.

For more details please contact Mark Reedman, Regional Arts Development Officer of Arts Upper Hunter, on 0409 382 509 or via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.