How can I take action, you ask? How can I fulfil my creative passion? Well, here's how all you regional artists can get support for your art!
Show your art to your friends and family. Let others in your community share the beauty of your creations.
Enter your art in festivals and exhibitions:
* NOISE often runs art competitions, so, see their website for the latest www.noise.net.au
* Check out the homepage of the Regional Arts Australia website for recent listings of art events at: www.regionalarts.com.au/raa1/default.asp. And if you follow the ‘Support for artists’ link, you can look through their list of web site contacts for art competitions, events and festivals on the ‘Regional Arts On-Line Directory.'
* Many schools, universities, colleges and TAFEs hold art exhibitions and competitions, so visit your local educational institution to find out.
Attend art events and festivals. This is the perfect way to meet like-minded individuals and industry professionals.
Volunteer to help out at art events such as film, music, writing, new media and visual art festivals and exhibitions. By becoming involved in such events, you will get a chance to meet new people who share the same interests as you, and who may be able to offer you help and advice with exhibiting your own artworks.
* If you know of an event that you want to become involved in, contact the event organisers to discuss the possibility of helping out.
* Visit ‘Go Volunteer’ to search for arts events that are looking for volunteers at www.govolunteer.com.au/default_open.htm.
Read the local paper to see what’s happening in your area. You may even find an advertisement for volunteers!
Sign up to Arts Hub Australia to receive weekly arts newsletters. These include job ads that list volunteer opportunities as well as paid arts-related work. See the Arts Hub website for details at http://www.artshub.com.au/ahau1/default.asp.
Research on the Internet and in industry magazines (check out your local newsagency for any magazine that is arts-related) to find out what’s going on in the art-scene in your area and in the rest of Australia.
Contact organisations that support regional, rural and remote artists such as:
* Regional Arts Australia: www.regionalarts.com.au
* The Australian Film Commission: www.afc.gov.au
* NOISE: www.noise.net.au
* Australia Council for the Arts: www.ozco.gov.au/
Apply for an artist grant.
* Regional Arts Australia, together with the Australia Council for the Arts and the Federal Minister for the Arts, offers financial assistance to artists. To find out if you are eligible, contact Regional Arts Australia in your capital city. All contact details are available from the Regional Arts Australia web site http://www.regionalarts.com.au/raa1/inside/default... Funding applications can be approved in as little as 48 hours after lodging your application, so go for it!
* The Australian Film Commission offers artists grants for film development, industry and cultural development, Indigenous arts, and travel grants. To find out how to apply for a grant contact the Australian Film Commission at http://www.afc.gov.au/contact.aspx.
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