Scot MacDonald
11th Oct 2017

Minister for Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive $20,000 in funding to preserve Awabakal heritage.

Lake Macquarie City Council will engage immersive heritage specialist Brett Leavy to work with the Awabakal community and artists to develop three virtual reality (VR) experiences. This will enable artists to explore and develop skills in VR and in collaboration with VR professionals, reawaken Aboriginal heritage through creative and accessible forms and extend the culture to new audiences.

Twenty-three exciting projects from across regional NSW, Western Sydney and metropolitan Sydney have been selected to share $886,341 in the first round of Create NSW’s annual Arts & Cultural Projects funding on behalf of the NSW Government.

Open to individual artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships and organisations, the funding supports professional projects at any stage of the creative process, with the aim of delivering a more vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in NSW.

Mr MacDonald said “This funding is for a great project that will preserve local Aboriginal heritage though modern and innovative processes, and is going to benefit the Lake Macquarie region immensely”

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said he was impressed with the diversity of applications, with final recipients including a range of artist residencies, Indigenous art programs, immersive virtual reality projects through to LGBTIQ theatre and electronic music projects.

“We are always looking to increase the range and diversity of arts and cultural opportunities available across the state, and our recipients are certainly an exciting bunch that do just that.

“It has been particularly impressive to see so many of the projects involve national and international collaborations initiated by NSW artists and companies that in turn deliver great art for the people of the Hunter.”

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