Regional arts

The department recognises regional arts development as a priority.

We are committed to improving access to arts and culture and acknowledge the importance of finding new ways to support those who are producing world class work in regional, rural and remote locations. 

Eligible regional applicants are encouraged to apply to all funding programs offered by the department however there are a number of programs targeted specifically for regional Western Australia.

Regional Exhibition Touring Boost

Regional audiences are being connected with the State’s art collection through the $8 million Regional Exhibition Touring Boost program. 

The first exhibition in the Freighting Ideas project is How Did I Get Here? and includes some of the country’s most engaging and accomplished photographic and video artists.

The exhibition started in Katanning and will travel to the following places:

The tour is delivered in partnership by ART ON THE MOVE and AGWA.

Over the next six years, the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost will create more opportunities for regional Western Australians to engage with visual arts by increasing the number of touring exhibitions available to regional audiences.

The Regional Exhibition Touring Boost program will also assess and upgrade regional galleries, offer professional development for gallery staff and artists, and improve gallery education resources and digitised learning programs.

In addition, a major Aboriginal exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia that builds on the highly successful and important Desert River Sea is being commissioned and will also tour widely.

Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program

The Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program is a Royalties for Regions funded program that will deliver almost $20 million over four years in funding to regional WA.  Regional economies will be strengthened through employment opportunities in the creative sector and communities will have the opportunity to experience diverse arts and cultural activities.

The program will increase the capacity for the regions to engage with arts and culture, improving the social cohesion, liveability and vibrancy of local communities.

The Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program will be delivered through three streams:

A State of Creativity

The $11.3m State of Creativity program will help to activate regional performing arts venues by improving their ability to present and tour performances, and support training and business development.

Strengthening Aboriginal Arts

The $2.64m Strengthening Aboriginal Arts program will support the sustainability of WA's Aboriginal Arts Centres and provide opportunities for Aboriginal artists to create, exhibit and sell new works.

Empowered and Employed Communities

The $5m Empowered and Employed Communities program will help to align creative programs in local government planning and support activities that increase social inclusion, accessibility and employment opportunities in local communities. This stream also includes a fund to grow cultural tourism through regional festivals.

$750,000 to support the attraction of visitors to regional museums and collections.

The program is delivered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with Royalties for Regions funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development



Page reviewed 01 August 2019