Three art groups in Parkes Shire benefit from cultural grants

GOLDEN YEAR: The Parkes Potters Group is celebrating 50 years being part of the shire's art and cultural landscape this year. This photo was taken of members in 2014 ahead of an exhibition.
GOLDEN YEAR: The Parkes Potters Group is celebrating 50 years being part of the shire's art and cultural landscape this year. This photo was taken of members in 2014 ahead of an exhibition.

Almost $9000 has been granted to three art groups in the Parkes Shire thanks to the 2020 Parkes Shire Council Cultural Grant Program.

The Parkes Potters Group will receive $3500, with $3000 going to the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society and $2360 to the Peak Hill Leisure Art and Craft Council.

The Parkes Potters Group have been a presence in the art and cultural landscape of the Parkes Shire community for 50 years.

In celebration of this milestone, the group will showcase their work as part of an upcoming exhibition.

The grant will support the curation of the exhibition, as well as a black-tie opening event where invited guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase pieces.

The Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society (M&D), with the support of the Parkes Shire Arts Advisory Council, will host the Arts Revival Festival in December 2020.

The aim of this festival is to revive, celebrate and foster artistic activity in the community, by featuring theatrical performances, visual arts, photography, craft and ceramics exhibitions, musical performances of a variety of genres and styles, spoken word performances, creative and performance skills workshops.

Parkes M&D president Lisa Ramsay thanked Parkes Shire Council for supporting the development of culture and arts within the Parkes Shire.

"We are thrilled to have been successful for the funding," she said.

"The funds will go towards advertising and promotion of the inaugural Arts Revival Festival, running from December 15 until December 20.

"Part of the funding will also go towards attracting special guest artists in a variety of artistic modalities that are new to our region."

Meanwhile Sydney-based artist Alan Slade will return to the shire to deliver a two-day workshop at the Peak Hill Leisure Arts and Crafts Centre.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for amateur and budding local artists to learn the step-by-step process of working with oil paints, including how to prepare art boards through to sealing the final works.

The grant will cover the costs associated with the delivery of the workshop, including to engage Mr Slade, art materials, marketing and promotion, and catering costs.

The workshops are in the planning for early 2021.

Council's annual grants program aims to increase cultural activity in the community, encourage innovative creative events and workshops, help artists, crafters and musicians develop their skills and to provide funds to maintain or develop facilities.

Deputy Mayor Barbara Newton said it was a difficult task to select the successful projects given the high calibre of applications received.

"Council recognises that a robust cultural life is important to the health and wellbeing of any community, and we are therefore delighted to help support the delivery of events and initiatives that stimulate creative activity across our region," she said.

"This year, the committee distributed $8860 between three worthy applicants, from a pool of six applications. Congratulations to the successful recipients of this year's program."

The Parkes Shire Cultural Grants Program is delivered annually, with applications opening in May.

Over the past five years, Parkes Shire Council has awarded almost $60,000 towards 21 community cultural projects.

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