Three central Victorian arts projects will receive funding to help them recover after the coronavirus pandemic which shutdown the arts sector last year.
Regional Arts Victoria this week announced the latest round of the federal government's Regional Arts Fund Boost Program with 13 Victorian projects selected to share in $302,850 of funding.
In central Victoria, the Bendigo Cultural Exchange, Fryerstown's The Village Festival of New Performance and Vaughan artist Helen Bodycomb all won funding.
Regional Arts Victoria's partnership director Liz Zito said the latest round of projects were of a high quality and offered a wide range of diverse activities.
"It is thrilling to see the depth of work that will be delivered in regional Victoria in 2021, across digital platforms, festivals, venues, collectives, First Nations-led and multicultural communities," she said.
The Bendigo Cultural Exchange, established by Multicultural Arts Victoria, will receive $30,000 to help run the recently opened arts and cultural centre.
Using collaboration, the exchange is a shared facility that includes enterprise development, mentoring, exhibitions and installations, studio based practice, forums, and creative commissions.
MAV intends to develop an strategy to make the Bendigo Cultural Exchange model sustainable.
Vaughan artist Helen Bodycomb will use her $6000 grant to support a new exhibition in Castlemaine.
The Synergy Exhibition is be a COVID-19 recovery project that Ms Bodycomb developed as a way to unite regional woman isolated during coronavirus lockdowns. It will be show at the Lot 19 Gallery in Castlemaine.
The Village Festival of New Performance will premiere a new community art project titled Our Village thanks to a $17,340 grant.
Our Village was developed under the newly established Village Production House in response to the challenging realities of COVID-19. It is a collaborative art project that is part of the Castlemaine State Festival and features a native garden grown through the debris of a flooded cardboard city created by children from the area.