$19 million to enrich NSW arts and culture

ATYP The TrolleysThe NSW Government will provide almost $19 million for more than 160 arts and cultural organisations to deliver innovative and high quality programs and projects.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said this funding, which is part of the Arts and Cultural Development Program, will cater for audiences across the state, support activities for 30,000 artists and employ more than 3,300 people. Funded projects include Flipside Youth Dance in Newcastle, Australian Theatre for Young People and Western Sydney’s Urban Theatre Projects and regional galleries and museums.

“We are proud to fund such a diverse range of initiatives to boost our state’s dynamic creative industries and further position NSW as the leading state for arts and culture,” said Mr Grant.

The funding will provide opportunities for more people to experience arts and culture and is in line with the Create in NSW policy framework that focuses on access, strength and excellence across regional NSW, Western Sydney and Sydney.

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting many successful organisations across the state over the past few weeks to personally congratulate them on receiving their funding and see first-hand the passion and artistic expertise NSW holds,” said Mr Grant. “I know there is much to see and do with arts and culture in NSW and I urge everyone to take part as they won’t be disappointed.”

For more information, and to review the list of 2015-2016 Arts and Cultural Development Program funding recipients, visit: www.arts.nsw.gov.au for details.

Image: Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) production of The Trolleys – courtesy of ATYP