A play with song based on the lives of residents at Ballarat’s Reid’s Guest House has been supported with a grant of $15,000 from the Federal Labor Government.
Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, yesterday said the grant would go to Uniting Care, Ballarat, under the Regional Arts Fund, for project development of a play titled The House at the End of the Line.
Uniting Care is working on the project as part of what it calls its Under the Floorboards Project.
“I am pleased Uniting Care is working to produce a play which will be a representation of the lives lived by people who have been resident at Reid’s, but also the role of Reid’s in our city,” Ms King said.
The grant is one of 54 for arts and cultural projects in regional communities across Australia which will benefit from more than $600,000 in funding from the Regional Arts Fund.
“The Regional Arts Fund supports innovative and exciting cultural projects created by local artists living in regional and remote parts of Australia,” Ms King said.
“Grants like this give organisations like Uniting Care a real boost, providing a valuable opportunity for locals to get involved with the local arts and cultural community and to record important stories like that of Reid’s and its residents.
“The arts have such an important role in our regional community in exploring ideas, sharing experiences, developing new skills and connecting people.”
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.
The funding for each state is delivered through peak regional arts organisations and coordinated through Regional Arts Australia.
The full list of recipients and further information on the Regional Arts Fund is available at www.arts.gov.au/arts/regional_arts_fund