Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin and Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell have announced Singleton and Murrurundi will benefit from over $230,000 in funding thanks to the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program.
Singleton Council and the Murrurundi Arts & Crafts Council Inc. have two of the 82 projects sharing in a total of $11.7 million funding under the second round of Minor Works and Equipment Projects. These projects are the latest to receive funding as part of the $72 million Creative Capital initiative launched in 2021.
Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre receives $204,078 so Singleton Council can ensure that the facility is able to support touring exhibitions, expand community access and establish digital record-keeping procedures for exhibition content and art collection maintenance.
Murrurundi Arts and Crafts Council Inc has secured $29,089 for the purchase of digital audio visual equipment and pottery making equipment.
Minister Franklin said this Creative Capital funding will pay dividends for the two Upper Hunter communities by delivering a much-needed upgrade of facilities.
“This investment in cultural infrastructure in Singleton and Murrurundi is recognition of the valuable role arts and culture plays in the community,” Mr Franklin said.
“The NSW Government’s $72 million Creative Capital program aims to boost equity and access to arts and culture facilities for the people of NSW.”
“It’s projects like this in the Upper Hunter Electorate that will see the many museums, galleries, performance spaces and Aboriginal Cultural Centres and Keeping Places across NSW be venues their communities can continue to be proud of,” Mr Franklin said.
Mr Layzell said that the Upper Hunter welcomed the NSW Government’s investment to improving arts and cultural venues to be fit-for-purpose for the community, enhancing access and supporting the local economy.
“This funding will help us deliver state-of-the-art improvements and ensure our local audiences and visitors enjoy high quality cultural experiences. I am delighted the NSW Government has made this possible for the Upper Hunter,” Mr Layzell said.
Further details on the Creative Capital program are available on the Create NSW website at www.create.nsw.gov.au.
Image: Dave Layzell with Singleton Mayor Sue Moore Deputy Mayor Tony Jarrett and Minister Ben Franklin.
Image and media release courtesy of Dave Layzell MP.