Kiama Council Cultural Grants | February 2019

Kiama Council invites applications for its February 2019 funding round of the Kiama Cultural Grants, applications close midnight, Sunday 24 February.

The Kiama Cultural Grants objectives are to:

  • Support local artists in their development within the arts
  • Stimulate opportunities for participation and positive community connections
  • Improve community spirit and individual self-esteem and wellbeing
  • Encourage participants to explore and pursue positive arts experiences
  • Acknowledge and promotes cultural diversity ie cultural and linguistically diverse communities, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, older people, people with a disability etc

Applications can be made for up to $3000

Application and more information here

Projects funded in the August grants round were: 

Aboriginal Cultural Art Workshop (Gerringong Public School)
Sharing Cultural, One Painting at a time – Holly Sanders, Bungjalung woman, teacher and artist will share cultural knowledge and art skills with students at Gerringong Public School to create artworks to be donated to the Kiama Pavilion. Aboriginal students will be involved in the art workshops which will celebrate Aboriginal history and culture in an authentic and respectful way.

Presence of Land Exhibition (Gitte Backhausen)
Presence of Land is an exhibition celebrating the beauty, fun and healing aspects of nature. Artist Gitte Backhausen uses fallen leaves and twigs from around the South Coast to create collagraph prints and mixed media artworks on paper, with a special connection to the local area. ‘We are surrounded by stunning, raw nature beauty on the South Coast and I’ve used that as the inspiration for this body of work. I want to celebrate nature, not only for its beauty, but also for the fun it allows us to have and the healing it can provide when we get out there and connect to the land.’

Kinder Garden: Parents and Kids Songwriting Together (Stephen Holmes)
A group of local musicians will record and launch an independent LP record of original music collaboration between parents, their kids and local visual artists. The songs will reflect what creative parenting in Kiama looks and sounds like, as well as giving parents the joy of sharing their craft with their own children.

Free contemporary dance workshops and performance (Opal Russell)
Fun and free contemporary dance workshops and performance hosted by On Could Opal. Young, old, dancer, non-dancer. Connect to like-minded people who like to express themselves creatively. Explore new methods of self-expression, mindfulness and body awareness. Learn what contemporary dance is all about and enjoy a taste of experimental arts culture and performance.

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