$25m to support regional arts and country creatives

Posted on January 14, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Government to continue three of its successful regional arts initiatives
  • Programs bring quality art and culture exhibits to regional WA and provide support for country artists
  • Culture, arts and film industries deliver important jobs, tourism and economic benefits to regional WA

Artists, filmmakers and other creatives living in regional WA will benefit from the continuation of three highly successful arts and culture funding programs under a re-elected McGowan Government.

The $25 million commitment will continue the Regional Film Fund ($16m), Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program ($5m) and the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost ($4m).

These highly successful McGowan Government programs have helped regional artists and organisations to develop and tell their unique stories – delivering economic, tourism, cultural and community benefits for country areas.

They have helped regional communities enjoy more high quality arts and culture exhibitions and events from outside their locality, and supported local creatives to make and share their art with the world.

This commitment will continue the Regional Film Fund for another four years to continue to build on the McGowan Government’s successful investment in the growing regional film industry.

The continuation of the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program will create jobs, drive tourism and improve communities by supporting country-based creative and cultural industries.

The Regional Exhibition Touring Boost will take more quality art exhibitions to regional areas, improve regional access to the State’s art collections and activate local art collections.

Together these initiatives will ensure regional WA continues to benefit from the arts as key drivers of jobs, tourism and economic development, improving communities and keeping country WA strong.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Western Australia’s regions are wonderful places to live, but in the past communities lacked access to quality art and culture in their area and support for their local creatives to do their work.

“Under my government, these programs have been highly successful in bringing arts and culture exhibitions and activations to regional WA, and supporting local artists to make their art and take it to the world.

“If re-elected, my government will continue to support these important initiatives. Culture and the arts not only makes regional WA a better place to live, but drives jobs, tourism and economic benefits for country communities, creating jobs and keeping WA strong.”