Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, today announced local artists with disability will benefit from NSW Government funding to encourage involvement in professional arts and cultural activities.

Mr George said over $100,000 has been awarded locally for the following two projects –

Arts Northern Rivers Inc. for Dance Integrated Australia - $60,000: The ‘Corner Dance Lab 2016’ is a disability-inclusive skills development and performance project that connects local, interstate and international artists with emerging practitioners to increase contemporary dance theatre activity in the Northern Rivers region.

Performing Lines Ltd - $41,905: Urban Theatre Projects and Northern Rivers Performing Arts will redevelop the successful 2014 production in Sydney and Lismore of their multi-media work, 'My Radio Heart' for further touring. Director Rosie Dennis will work with mixed abilities band, Tralala Blip. Performing Lines joins the partnership as the work’s producer for touring.

“This funding will improve social inclusion for people with disability through opportunities to develop their skills and interests in art activities.

“This funding will help create lasting works of art highlighting the talents of people with disability and develop creative and social networks and partnerships.”

Projects are being funded by the NSW Liberals & Government through the Lifetime Care and Support Authority, in partnership with Arts NSW. The Authority supports people severely injured in motor accidents in NSW.

“The Government’s new Create in NSW: Arts and Cultural Policy Framework aims to boost participation in arts and cultural activities across the community in ways that connect people with diverse artistic talents and interests,” Mr George said.

“These innovative arts and disability projects will demonstrate the benefits of inclusive arts practice and raise awareness of the needs, aspirations and artistic achievements of people with disability.”

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.