Scot MacDonald
17th Oct 2017

Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub in Hunter Street, Newcastle will receive $80,000 in Annual funding through the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.

The funding aids in the delivery of Catapult’s Annual Program which includes:

Propel professional choreographic and multi-disciplinary residency program bringing together established national and international choreographers to collaborate with Newcastle multi-disciplinary arts practitioners to create new and innovative works.

The Flipside Project, Catapult Dance’s youth dance initiative which recently won the Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance at the Australian Dance Awards on the 24th September, with the piece In Search of the Lost Things that ran in conjuncture with the Shaun Tan exhibition at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery. The Flipside Project has also received the 2015 & 2016 City of Newcastle Dramatic Arts Award for Excellence in Choreography.

Catapult Community and Outreach programs, including the engagement of an Aboriginal Education Officer, that will implement broad reaching programs that offers workshops in Aboriginal and Contemporary dance to schools and the broader community in the Hunter.

Mr MacDonald was pleased to see funding going towards supporting Newcastle’s art and cultural scene.

“There are a selection of programs for the people of Newcastle to get involved at Catapult Dance Studios and it is great to see the continuing relationship between the studio and Create NSW” Mr MacDonald said.

“The NSW Liberal National Government is proud to support the artistic and cultural program of Newcastle, which is an important part of the city’s agenda to reinvent itself”.

“The Flipside Project is an excellent initiative for the Hunter region. The program offers young dancers outstanding opportunities to engage in: choreographic development, creating new contemporary dance works in collaboration with some of Australia’s most outstanding choreographers” Cadi McCarthy, Director and CEO of Catapult Dance said.

“Catapult Dance is important as it fosters experimentation, autonomous expression and collaboration through the cross-section of many disciplines and practices. Catapult is also valuable as it functions as a conduit for artists to collaborate, develop and network on a scale not typically encountered in regional art scenes.”  James Maher said. (Newcastle Composer)

For more information on the Arts and Cultural Development Program visit: