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A local arts studio will expand their facilities and resources for local artists thanks to Federal Government funding.

Arts Resource Collective (Arc) in Yinnar received $30,000 as part of the Regional Arts Fund, Recovery Grants.

Local MP Darren Chester said the funding would be used for the print studio re-engagement seed project.

“These grants are designed to support our local artists and art organisations to recover and rebuild from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr Chester said.

“This project will focus on the creation of a printmaking facility to be used as a hub for arts education and a broader print studio network.”

Arc Chair and project co-ordinator Yvette Atkins said the project will establish Arc as the only contemporary multidiscipline arts practice space with supported specialist access workshop facilities in Gippsland.

“The project is designed to support existing businesses run by Arc artists and facilitate emerging local arts-based businesses,” Ms Atkins said.

“The grant will initially support 11 artists to strengthen their small businesses and establish partnerships with other print studios and institutions.

“The profiles of regional artists are greatly enhanced through partnerships, particularly workshop and residency exchanges which allow artists to move around.

“Arc has been fortunate to receive financial support from many community organisations and this funding from the Federal Government is an additional boost.”

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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