$100 million regional cultural fund to provide ‘shot in the arm’ for arts

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has welcomed the State Government’s announcements of a new $100 million Regional Cultural Fund to develop new and exciting arts in cultural projects in country NSW.

Mr Marshall said the fund would provide the “shot in the arm” arts and cultural needed in the bush and would help fund major projects that were often overlooked in favour of metropolitan areas.

“This money is ring fenced for country NSW and will help us attract major cultural productions out west, build new cultural infrastructure or upgrade some of our important galleries, museums, libraries, theatres and community halls,” he said.

Moree Art Gallery

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall with Moree Plains Art Gallery curator Hannah Williamson.

“As well as building and refurbishing facilities, the fund can be used to support projects that take exhibitions on tour and provide easy viewing access, no matter where people live.

“Galleries and museums will also be able to apply for operational funding to support the delivery of services, providing distinct experiences to visitors and promoting increased participation in creative and cultural activities.

“Across the Northern Tablelands we have some impressive art galleries and cultural spaces that I know have plans to expand and help attract new exhibitions, shows and more visitors to our region.”

Mr Marshall is urging local councils and organisations to begin planning for their projects to submit for funding under the new program.

“Rural and regional NSW has a rich history of contributing to the Australian identity expressed through all forms of the arts,” he said.

“Investing in arts and culture facilities and programs in the bush will provide recreational and educational benefits as well as increased tourist visitation, which in turn helps art practitioners expand their networks and enter new markets.

“I’m very keen to work with local arts and cultural organisations to ensure our region secures a big slice of the $100 million on offer.”

Expressions of Interest for the Regional Cultural Fund will open from 17 July 2017. Successful projects will be invited to provide additional information.

For further information and guidelines for applicants visit

Media Release: June 16, 2017