Facilitated by Council, Golden Plains Shire creatives will produce a short digital piece on the local experience of COVID-19 social isolation thanks to a grant from the Australian Government.
Council has been successful in securing a $5,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost program for the project. The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
This grant will be used to produce a three- to five-minute film as a creative response to social isolation and community connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic in Golden Plains Shire. The project will focus on creating and building connections within the community, and will interweave personal experiences and accounts into the film through written word and prose; voice; song; visual arts; and filmography.
The film will be a collaborative project between a number of Golden Plains artists, creative and community groups, including Golden Pens Creative Writers, Linton Play Reading Group, GP Arts Inc, Bannockburn Art Group, and the potential involvement of singing groups and community bands. These groups will work together with a professional film maker and workshop the project over a number of Zoom sessions.
Interested community members and creative groups that would also like to be involved can contact Council’s Arts and Culture Advisor at 5220 7212 or [email protected] to discuss the project.
The final short film will be launched in December at a physical event should COVID-19 restrictions allow, and on Council’s website and social media channels.
Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey welcomed the grant funding and support for the creative project.
“Council is thrilled to have secured this grant for local artists and groups to create a short film on our Shire’s experience during this year’s COVID-19 restrictions. It’s fantastic that the Regional Arts Fund and the Australian Government have recognised the potential of this project.
“This collaborative project will bring together writers, poets and musicians from across the Shire to showcase how our communities have come together, and the depth and breadth of our local creative sector.
“The creative industry has been doing it tough during the COVID-19 crisis, and securing the funding for this program is some positive news for our creative community here in Golden Plains. Along with our creative community, I look forward to seeing the end result later this year.”