Cultural exhibition to tour to Wollongong

Wollongong will soon host a unique arts and cultural exhibition thanks to almost $1.7million in Australian Government funding announced today by Arts Minister Simon Crean.

“We are committed to taking the great art-forms of the capital cities to the regions to ensure all Australians continue to access and participate in our dynamic arts and culture,” Mr Crean said.

“The funding announced today will support 14 organisations to develop and tour exhibitions to venues across Australia, with a particular focus on regional and remote communities.”

This support is provided through the Australian Government’s national touring program Visions of Australia and the Contemporary Touring Initiative.

The funding will provide a wide variety of communities with the opportunity to view significant exhibitions from major galleries and museums, as well as cutting edge contemporary art.

“In advance of Australia’s first National Cultural Policy in almost 20 years, we are demonstrating our commitment to regional arts initiatives,” Mr Crean said.

“This investment will enhance the liveability of the regions and encourage greater participation in the cultural life of our nation.”

Wollongong will host In[Two]Art, an exhibition about artist couples who are recognised as practicing artists and create works as individuals. Toured by Maitland Regional Art Gallery, the exhibition features 60 Australian artists and 58 separate artworks.

Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird MP, welcomed the announcement.

“This is a terrific opportunity for the region to experience a unique art exhibition showcasing the creative talent of Australian artists,” Ms Bird said.

The Visions of Australia program is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting exhibitions of Australian cultural material. Visual arts and craft exhibitions are supported through the Contemporary Touring Initiative, which is a joint program of the Australian, state and territory governments, under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

For more information on the Visions of Australia program and the Contemporary Touring Initiative, or for a full list of funding recipients, visit www.arts.gov.au/regional/visionsof-australia