The NSW Government is funding Art Central – a two-year arts and community partnership program on the Central Coast of NSW.
In June 2011, the Minister for the Central Coast, the Hon Chris Hartcher MP, announced a $460,000 Arts NSW funding package to support creative community partnerships on the Central Coast.
Annual funding of $230,000 over two years includes funding for a Regional Community Creative Producer position from October 2011, managed by Regional Development Australia Central Coast NSW (RDACC).
RDACC is an organisation funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to build partnerships between governments and regional stakeholders, in order to develop strategic responses to economic, environmental and social issues on the Central Coast.
Art Central’s Regional Community Creative Producer, Liz Carter, is working closely with Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council to set up a local network of community and industry partners and to manage arts projects on the Central Coast.
2012 Art Central projects are:
Digital Futures – three professional contemporary artists are mentoring 12 young emerging Central Coast artists.
Imprint – a contemporary art project that tells stories of the Central Coast region.
Go to the Art Central website to read and see more about the projects:
The Art Central partnership follows the release of a report by Lois Randall Creative Consulting, Central Coast art + community report 2010. The report was commissioned by Arts NSW, to provide a profile of arts infrastructure and resources in Gosford and Wyong and to identify possible partnership projects in the region.
The Art Central partnership delivers on key findings of the report. It also provides a foundation to explore further partnership projects on the Central Coast with the Commonwealth and local government.
With a population of 320,000, the Central Coast is:
- the third largest residential region in NSW and
- the ninth largest population centre in Australia.
It is also one of the fastest growing areas in the state, with a further 100,000 residents expected by 2031.
The Central Coast art + community report 2010 (parts 1 and 2) is available for downloading below. Part 1 provides a framework for building the arts capacity of the region and outlines strategies for building partnerships to benefit the Central Coast and its communities.
Part 2 contains detailed information on arts practice and organisations, cultural plans and participation in a wide range of arts and cultural activities. The report was based on interviews with 40 stakeholders in the region and research on community participation and partnership models.
Download the Minister for the Central Coast’s Media Release
For further information please contact Ms Nea Cahill, Project Officer, Strategic Initiatives
Ph: 8218 2212