Page MP Janelle Saffin says the vibrant Northern Rivers arts community has been recognised in the latest round of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

“Two highly regarded local organisations, Screenworks and NORPA, have been successful in securing funding for exciting local arts projects,” she said.

“NORPA has been granted $19,000 for its Generator Dance Residency project. It will be done in partnership with Sydney’s Performance Space. 

“Under the project a Sydney-based artist will work in residence at NORPA with three local dancers to develop a new dance work.

“The visiting artist will also present two open master-classes to maximise the reach of this dance project in our region.

“Screenworks has been granted $17,500 for its project to support up-and-coming producers.

“The project, called Mentoring the Next Generation of Screen Content Creators, will have professional producers mentor four emerging producers for six weeks on a commissioned project. The commissioned project could be a feature film, documentary, TV program or some new media.

“The mentors will follow up with assistance for three to six months on the emerging producers’ own projects.

“Screenworks and NORPA are both successful examples of home-grown organisations that have made their mark locally and globally. I commend them for their continued commitment to our local artists and they support they give to nurture the talent in our region.

“Screenworks is seeking expressions of interest from professional and emerging producers for its project, and I encourage local screen producers to make the most of this opportunity.”

Further information on the Screenworks project is available on the website at www.screenworks.com.au