Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the $1.1 million Visions of Australia program would support 10 projects, giving participating cultural institutions confidence to plan future programs and helping to support jobs and domestic tourism.
In addition, more than $1.76 million would help arts performance companies, visual artists, musicians and bands perform in remote and regional centres, he said.
A total of $1,167,654 has been set aside to support the 10 projects – including Hit Productions’ Isaiah Live, Regional Arts Victoria’s double bill Stardust and The Mission, and the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Follow Me Home – as they tour 84 regional and rural locations.
A special benefit show for bushfire-affected communities by electronic music group Tralala Blip will be among sponsored performances to 110 regional and remote towns by country, folk, Indigenous, jazz, pop, rock and children’s musicians.
Three other contemporary visual artists will have the opportunity to tour their exhibitions to 17 regional centres as well as cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart.
Museum & Galleries of NSW’s Centre of the Centre, a major video and performance commission by Mel O’Callaghan, will visit nine galleries and art centres across five states from 2021 to 2023.
But audiences may need to be enticed to return to theatres, museums and galleries – a survey by Audience Outlook Monitor found one in six people thought they would go to fewer cultural events after the pandemic.