Detail of work by Tyneika Powell

             Detail of work by Tyneika Powell

Murrumbidgee Marramarra

Western Riverina Arts are pleased to invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (residing in the Western Riverina region of NSW – Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith City and Murrumbidgee Shires) to express interest in taking part in the 2016 art exhibition Murrumbidgee Marramarra. 

Murrumbidgee Marramara is a new partnership venture with works to be exhibited in the Griffith Regional Art Gallery during June 2016. The exhibition will also then tour to the Narrandera Arts Centre.

Any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists interested in exhibiting work should fill out the attached form, and return to Western Riverina Arts with an image of your work.

For further information or inquiries get in touch with the exhibition organisers directly, either: 

Derek Motion ( or 0428882059), or
Ray Wholahan ( or 69 628338). 













DREAM BIG is OUR annual one day event for anyone involved in the arts, cultural and community development in the Riverina region and beyond.

CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT is the theme and we promise to inspire and inform you, with big ideas and practical solutions to connecting with your communities.

Whether you are an artist into community-based projects,  a cultural organisation wanting to attract new audiences or volunteers or a Council wanting to expand your cultural program, DREAM BIG is for you.

Designed for anyone involved in cultural, community and economic development; for artists, progress associations, and community groups. Dream Big is an opportunity to spend a day listening to a superb line-up of speakers who have been there and done it before - whether its a large-scale project or a grass-roots idea that just couldn't be stopped.

DREAM BIG on annually in August - details will appear here closer to the date. 






The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) provides small grants annually to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The aims of the program are:

  • to assist locally determined cultural activities;
  • to increase opportunities for regionally based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs;
  • to enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities;
  • to encourage communities to work together to develop and participate in cultural experiences;
  • to bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional activities; and
  • to leads to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in rural and regional New South Wales.

CASP grants will open for applications in August 2015 (for projects occurring in 2016).

These grants are managed in your region by the staff of Western Riverina Arts. Further information including the Guidelines and Application Form will be available from


The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an annual grant program for arts projects in regional Arts NSW.

Assistance available for this category will be from a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $30,000. Applications are now closed, and will open again during 2015.

Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities by:

  • Developing partnerships and cultural networks
  • Providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities
  • Supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in, and access cultural activities, and
  • Emphasising building capacity in disadvantaged, youth, very remote and/or Indigenous communities

All necessary information, including guidelines and criteria, is included in the application pack. For more information, or to download the application pack, go to


Arts NSW

Arts NSW is the NSW Government’s arts and culture policy and development body. The department provides support to artists and key arts and cultural organisations through infrastructure and funding programs, and targeted strategies. Arts NSW works collaboratively with the NSW cultural institutions, the arts and cultural sector and partners within government.

Arts NSW runs an annual cultural program of grants across a variety of artforms and timeframes. Go to for more details, or drop into Western Riverina Arts for a hardcopy of the grants program.

The ADCP is now open for applications for projects and programs occurring in 2016.

The Australia Council

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. They support Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.

Each year, The Australia Council delivers more than $200 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country. Check for details of the open grants program, or speak to Western Riverina Arts staff about the options available.