Ararat’s arts and cultural audiences will benefit from new funding

Ararat’s Arts Precinct has been allocated $40,000 under Creative Victoria’s Full House program benefitting Ararat’s arts and cultural audiences.

The funding will allow the opportunity to outreach beyond the Town Hall to smaller Ararat communities, including children’s workshops and performances in several prized halls.

Super Circus Squad (by strong woman Hannah Clyde) will visit the Ararat Town Hall thanks to the new funding.
PHOTO: Super Circus Squad (Facebook)

“The funding was a fantastic bonus for the Ararat Town Hall and Ararat Gallery TAMA,” said the Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison.

The funding was the third stage of the Full House program, the first stage included extensive audience research, community consultation, and analysis. The second stage included successfully developing audience development and programming plans as well as a precinct marketing strategy completed late last year, Dr Harrison said.

He also said the funding will help execute some of the recommendations contained in the strategy around providing the community with different programming.

‘The Arts Precinct and Council is really thankful for the Creative Victoria funding and has developed an excellent plan to put the money to good use,” he said.

“The Art Gallery and Town Hall are particularly excited to be taking shows and workshops to other towns in the municipality so regional residents have greater access to cultural activities.”

Ararat Musical Comedy Society recently performed Les Miserables at the Ararat Town Hall.
PHOTO: Jack Ward

The funding in Ararat will be used to bring in new shows including Super Circus Squad (by strong woman Hannah Clyde) to the Town Hall. Willaura will be treated to children’s puppet show Trinket the Robot and there will also be a one-man theatre show Man in the Mail touring late this year.

The Ararat Gallery Textile Art Museum (TAMA), will be using the funding to take the Mini Makers Art Club for pre-schoolers on the road to three regional halls, and to host upcycled fashion workshops with Hannah Gartside as part of her upcoming exhibition Fantasies, which opens July 20.

The Gallery will also use the funding to host an artist-in-residence, Siying Zhou, who will spend three weeks exploring and answering to Ararat’s Chinese history. Zhou is Chinese-born and based in Melbourne with her work using various media such as video, photography, performance and drawing.