Official Media Release

A Renaissance for Regional Arts and Culture

Michael Johnsen MP Member for Upper Hunter is encouraging Upper Hunter electorate artists, performers and organisations to share ideas both big and small for infrastructure and arts projects in the Upper Hunter to deliver long-term cultural benefits to the community.

The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the Deputy Premier’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to improve economic outcomes as well as local amenities and standard of living across regional NSW communities.

Mr. Johnsen said the Fund would support the building of new artistic and cultural spaces such as galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and halls, as well as the upgrading or repurposing of existing arts, screen, culture or heritage infrastructure.

“The Regional Cultural Fund supports arts, screen and cultural organisation proposals for small, medium and large infrastructure projects that will deliver long-term cultural benefits to the Upper Hunter ,” Mr. Johnsen  said.

“Galleries and museums will also be able to apply for operational funding to support the delivery of services, providing distinct experiences to visitors and promoting increased participation in creative and cultural activities.

“As your local MP, I encourage you to call my office on 02 65431065 or send me an email at ua.vo1524786633g.wsn1524786633.tnem1524786633ailra1524786633p@ret1524786633nuhre1524786633ppu1524786633 so that I can discuss the development of proposals that can be considered for Regional Cultural Fund support,” Mr. Johnsen said.

Regional NSW has long been home to producers of diverse arts and culture across a wide variety of disciplines including visual arts, performing arts, Indigenous arts, dance, music, exhibitions, publishing, film, television, radio and heritage works.

Investing in arts and culture programs and facilities provides recreational and educational benefits as well as increased tourist visitation, which in turn helps art practitioners expand their networks and enter new markets.

Expressions of interest for the Regional Cultural Fund open on 17 July 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to provide additional information.  Up to $25 million will be made available in the first round of funding.

For further information, including guidelines for applicants, go to