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Mount Gambier Cultural Fund open for applications

Mount Gambier Cultural Fund open for applications
20 February 2018

The City of Mount Gambier Cultural Fund is open for applications. A total of $25,000 is available to local artists, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to support the delivery of inspiring, creative and contemporary projects that contribute to a connected, vibrant and culturally diverse community.

The Creative Spaces grant aims to activate public spaces and key Council priority areas to encourage creative and social interaction, partner with local businesses to create a vibrant street culture and develop stimulating spaces that attract visitors and create a sense of community attachment.

“Up to $4000 is available for Creative Spaces to add to the city’s profile as a vibrant and culturally diverse destination. Initiatives might include installations, urban art, sculptures, projection, screen art, multi-art form, performance, live art or new media,” Riddoch Art Gallery Director Dr Melentie Pandilovski said.

Up to $13,000 is available for the Creative City grant which aims to support programs, projects and initiatives that culturally enrich Mount Gambier and events and festivals that encourage cultural tourism.

“We want to see projects that stimulate cultural and artistic exchange, link with professional artists to build cultural community capacity, contribute to social well-being through artistic and cultural participation and produce high quality artistic and cultural works that celebrate Mount Gambier’s distinct arts, culture and heritage,” Dr Pandilovski said.

In 2016, a $5000 Creative City grant enabled Mount Gambier Department for Education and Child Development kindergartens to engage community artist Deb Rogers to work with pre-school children and their families to create the Children’s Artistic Voice Learning Exhibition, held at the Main Corner.

“It was so empowering for the children to see their work in a public space and it really validated their ideas and contributions as part of the community landscape. It was also important for adults in the community to see the valuable contribution that children make in the community as active citizens,” Mount Gambier Children’s Centre Community Development Coordinator Fiona Pulford said.

“If you’re a community group or individual and you’ve got an exciting project that you want to see to come to life, I would encourage you to apply, it is fantastic to have funds available that ordinarily you just wouldn’t be able to access.”

To be successful, projects must align with the City of Mount Gambier's Community Plan. Applications will be assessed against the priorities detailed in each of the funding programs. Application guidelines and application forms are available at: applications close on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 5:00pm. An information session for interested applicants will be held at the Main Corner on Monday 26 February at 5:30pm.

For further information please contact City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Sharny McLean on 8721 2401 or

Artwork on display at the Main Corner as part of the Children’s Artistic Voice Learning Exhibition in 2016.
Childrens Artistic Voice
Artwork on display at the Main Corner as part of the Children’s Artistic Voice Learning Exhibition in 2016.