The Federal Government is reigniting regional arts and culture under Round 13 of the Festivals Australia program with Tumby Bay to receive $36,000 for its Colour Tumby Street Art project.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the funding will support local artists and communities reemerge from the pandemic, while also providing a critical boost to the economy.
“The Colour Tumby Street Art project has been an annual event since 2018,” he said.
“Some of the world’s most recognised street artists have participated in the event since then, leaving the town with a number of stunning murals such as pelicans, fish and of course the iconic silos with the boys jumping into the water.
President of the Tumby Bay Progress Committee, Dion LeBrun was very thankful for the support which he said would make a huge difference to the event.
“The Colour Tumby Festival will now be able to deliver an expanded program in 2022”, Mr LeBrun said. “We appreciate and value the ongoing support shown by our local member Rowan Ramsey and his colleagues in the Federal Government.
Mr Ramsey said that the project has transformed Tumby Bay and he was looking forward to see what stunning works come out of the next event.
“Five renowned street artists will transform a plain wall within the town into a piece of art, attracting spectators during the festival who will watch the art coming together.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Festivals Australia program is helping to reunite regional and remote communities with arts and culture.
“Through this targeted funding, including the additional $2.4 million provided through the Regional Arts Tourism Experiences package, we are providing access to a diverse range of high quality, innovative arts projects that will help boost tourism across Australia’s regions,” Minister Fletcher said.
“We know that regional and remote artists, organisations and communities have been significantly affected by the pandemic, which is why this assistance is invaluable for the sector and is supporting a vibrant and sustainable future for festivals across Australia.”
The Festivals Australia program supports arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement at festivals in regional and remote Australia.
The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.