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A local floating arts residency will showcase East Gippsland as a sustainable arts destination thanks to Federal Government funding.

Local MP Darren Chester said the FLOAT based on Lake Tyers had received a $30,000 grant as part of the Regional Arts Fund, Recovery Grants.

“The FLOAT has been operating for the last three years and welcomes local and international artists to come and live and work on board and eventually share their work with the local community,” Mr Chester said.

“The project ‘School for UNTourists’ will create and showcase East Gippsland as an artistic destination experience and educate residency artists about the region.

“The program will deliver the best Lakes Entrance experiences, partnering with local stakeholders, and organisations such as GLaWAC, ABC Gippsland and Skipper Pete at Lakes Explorer.”

FLOAT Co-Founder Andrea Lane said that the growing popularity of the residency inspired them to showcase East Gippsland to the visiting artists.

“With a waiting list of 200 artists, we realised that we need to help visiting artists better understand East Gippsland’s unique environment,” Ms Lane said.

“Thanks to a creative collaboration with our Curator-in-residence Lichen Kelp, we’ll be delivering our inaugural six-day program from March 30 to April 3, 2021.

“We want visitors to discover how to be great UNtourists and become ambassadors for this region in a new way.

“The ‘School’ is the business platform that converts the FLOAT Artist in Residence experience into a sustainable arts destination.

“It converts creativity, local knowledge and local culture into a valuable economy that benefits everyone who participates. A real social enterprise.

“I would like to thank the Federal Government for this funding and to all organisations that are contributing to this wonderful experience.”

The Recovery grants will support projects that include creative community engagement in Indigenous communities, digital upskilling and adaptation, and the development of new workshops and capacity-building programs.

For more information about the Regional Arts Fund and to view the full list of Recovery grant recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/regional-arts-fund

 

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