Streaky Bay’s ‘Primal: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency’ was announced late last month as a grant recipient in the federal government’s Festivals Australia funding program.
Streaky Bay Tourism has received a $20,635 grant for the project, which will engage international and Australia artists to undertake an in-depth creative development process inspired by current environmental issues to create high quality sculpture using a range of natural materials.
The federal government announced more than $470,000 for 11 regional arts and cultural projects through Festivals Australia’s September 2017 funding round.
The Streaky Bay project was the sole South Australian project to have received a grant.
‘Primal’ is an initiative of Streaky Bay Tourism to bring together artists, thinkers and community-stimulating dialogue around environmental issues.
The Primal Project is taking place on 1-7 December and together with the Trail, from December until January 2019, is one element under the VISIBLE project framework.
Eight lead artists from Finland, Australia and regional South Australia will work with regional and local artists to explore issues such as land use, energy extraction and transportation, chemical use, invasive species and environmental justice, while facilitating and engaging participants and audiences in community-based environmental activism.
Streaky Bay Tourism president Jayne Holland said the group was excited to have received the grant.
“What we are trying to do with VISIBLE is to realise new economies,” she said.
“This project will be one of the major projects for VISIBLE 2019, even though the residency will happen in the first week of December, the Trail will be up in January, which is at a peak time.
“This sort of project will employ a project manager and pay 17 artists, if we get all of the funding, and we have lodged an application to the Australia Council for the Arts for $50,000 to fund the rest of the project.”
Ms Holland said they would find out if that application is successful in May and should the group not receive that extra funding it would still deliver the project, but on a smaller scale.
Each the year the federal government provides $1.2 million through Festivals Australia, over two funding rounds, as part of its continuing commitment to support, encourage and showcase arts and cultural events in regional towns across the country.
Festivals Australia gives communities outside urban Australia the opportunity to enjoy and participate in a diverse range of artistic and cultural celebrations in their local area.