Digital art project receives funding

The ‘West Coast Youth: Digital Connections’ art project has been successful in receiving $4990 in funding from a Country Arts SA ‘step up’ grant.

A collaboration of the Streaky Bay District Council and the Elliston District Council, the youth digital art project was one of 12 new projects delivered by more than 40 artists and arts workers across regional South Australia to receive funding from the federal government’s Regional Arts Fund.

The latest grant round saw digital media projects and skills development opportunities for young people featured heavily, with the $11,500 West Coast project to receive additional funding and support from both councils.

Free digital animation and illustration workshops will be hosted by Adelaide illustrator and youth facilitator Sam Wannan for young people from Streaky Bay and Elliston – and the broader community – from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5, in the lead-up to SA Youth Week later that month.

Elliston will host the first two days of workshops, with the final three days at Streaky Bay.

“In my workshops I have a strong focus on strengthening community ties and supporting youth through artistic practice,” Mr Wannan said.

“I look forward to meeting new people in Streaky Bay and Elliston to join with them in creating exciting artwork through a range of media.”

The Streaky Bay council’s community and economic development officer Jessica Davis said this was an “exciting opportunity”.

“Council is looking forward to providing this exciting opportunity in collaboration with Elliston, for our youth to explore and learn new skills in digital art and animation.”

Elliston mayor Malcolm Hancock said youth programs were important.

“The District Council of Elliston has identified in our strategic plan that youth services and programs are important to our communities,” he said.

“With fibreoptic high-speed telecommunications now available in Elliston it’s a great time for our youth to access and experiment with this improved technology through a digital art platform.”

The Regional Arts Fund targets activities that have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities.

The next funding round closes on March 15, for projects that commence after July 1, 2019.

For information about the Regional Arts Fund please visit www.countryarts.org.au.

To express an interest in the ‘West Coast Youth: Digital Connections’ project and for more information contact project manager Jayne Holland on 0427 706 454 or jayne@createwithu.com