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MEDIA RELEASE - Grants open to local artists

21 June 2018

Practicing and emerging artists in the Glenelg Shire will have the opportunity to attend Australia’s largest regional arts conference as part of new funding support package.

Regional Arts Victoria, on behalf of the Glenelg Shire, is offering travel grants to the value of $1000 to assist local residents with registration, as well as other associated travel costs, to attend Artlands Victoria.

Celebrating twenty years in 2018, Artlands is a biennial meeting that shines a national spotlight on Australia's regional arts. This year’s event will be held from 10-14 October 2018 in Bendigo and Castlemaine.

Glenelg Shire arts and culture manager Susie Lyons encouraged local artists to apply for a travel grant, citing Artlands as a ‘premier’ professional development opportunity.

“For regional practitioners and artists, the financial burden of attending an event, conference or meeting in a distant location can ultimately mean they miss out on an invaluable development opportunity. These travel grants will help to alleviate that burden, allowing attendees to enhance their creative skills and network with likeminded individuals without the strain on their budget,” she said.

“Artlands Victoria will offer a multi-art, cross industry and inter-generational event, showcasing works in progress, explorations and commissioned projects alongside an engaged speakers program.

“For those just starting out in the art world, or for those who have been in the creative industry for 20 years, Artlands will provide something for everyone.

“If you are a practitioner living in the Glenelg Shire, make sure you seize this opportunity to attend Artlands Victoria, you’ll be joining creatives, artists, academics and arts workers from across the country as they gather together for Australia’s largest regional arts conference.”

Potential applicants are advised to visit the Regional Arts Victoria website for further information and application details at

Applications for the Artlands Victoria Travel Grants will close at 5.00pm on Friday 13 July.

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