Collaborative arts group possible after funding announcement


Tina Fielding, Kristi McInerney, Kim O’Neill and Michael Tilbrook were in the recent Poles Apart production The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Tina Fielding, Kristi McInerney, Kim O’Neill and Michael Tilbrook were in the recent Poles Apart production The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

A NEW collaboration between disability and youth communities in Mandurah will be possible following $20,000 Festivals Australia funding announced today by Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield.

The funding will be used to support contemporary youth theatre company Riptide and disability theatre company Poles Apart to develop new works for Hubbub – the Mini Festival by the Sea 2017.

Mr Hastie said the project would contribute to promoting the arts as a vehicle for social inclusion, breaking down barriers for people with disability.

“The funding will allow the Peel Regional Cultivate Hub to facilitate multi-arts workshops between youth and disability communities, culminating in performances at Hubbub,’’ he said.

“The Peel region is a leader in making arts participation for everyone in the community a priority.”

Mr Fifield said the Cultivate Hub project represented the type of innovative approach to arts engagement that provided an opportunity for a local voice reflecting the culture region in Peel.

“Mandurah Performing Arts Centre has a fantastic record of delivering innovative and collaborative projects for the community,’’ he said.

“The workshops will not only offer young people the chance to engage in a range of art forms for the festival next year but also to develop new life skills.