Create NSW roadshow puts spotlight on regional arts, culture

Create NSW: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council director Jeffery Sharp, Cr Rob Turner, Kevin Williams, Debbie Sommers, Pam Milne, Augusta Supple and Melodie Gibson.
Create NSW: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council director Jeffery Sharp, Cr Rob Turner, Kevin Williams, Debbie Sommers, Pam Milne, Augusta Supple and Melodie Gibson.

Learning how to unlock funding for your arts, screen or cultural event is sometimes considered a daunting task.

But a Create NSW roadshow in Port Macquarie on August 18 went some way to helping artists, community groups and art ideas reach their full potential.

Create NSW’s engagement and partnerships senior manager Augusta Supple was part of a project ideas clinic at the Glasshouse. About 40 people attended the workshop.

Ms Supple said Create NSW wanted to tap into regional NSW’s creativity and innovation for arts and cultural events and activities.

“We are certainly astounded by the real vision shown by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and how much this community has invested in the arts and culture,” Ms Supple said.

“The Glasshouse is a beautiful building and is an iconic regional venue throughout NSW.

“Along with a tour of the Glasshouse, we visited the local museum and also learnt more about current partnerships with Charles Sturt University.

We are certainly encouraged to see how much the community is really engaged in arts and culture in this area.

Create NSW's Augusta Supple

“We are certainly encouraged to see how much the community is really engaged in arts and culture in this area.”

Ms Supple pointed to Port Macquarie-Hastings’ thriving performing arts and dance schools, local arts groups, FOTSUN and a creative aging and Alzheimer's program as an indication of the strength of arts and culture.

She said the roadshow was Create NSW’s way of getting feedback about how the state government can engage with artists and cultural workers and to inform them how to access funding opportunities.

“Create NSW is taking active steps to engage the community. This roadshow was told about the diversity of work that is happening around the region and how it is a wonderful time to be engaged in arts and culture.

“It is a common thread (of the roadshows) that councils play an important part in the delivery of arts, screen and cultural events and we should recognise that it takes a lot of planning.”

Ms Supple said the state government and Create NSW recognised that the arts in regional areas are a thriving place for creativity and innovation.