Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has announced that New England Regional Art Museum will receive a large funding boost over the next three years, with $180,000 coming from the state government. This is welcome news for NERAM and will enable us to continue hosting high profile exhibitions such as Wesfar the Archibald Prize 2015 as well as our art classes and education programs.
“This triennial funding from Arts NSW provides NERAM with certainty in planning their artistic program and the delivery of a range of services for the local community,” Mr Marshall said “Previously funding was only provided on a year-to-year basis at a much lower level, so this funding increase and the three-year certainty is great news for one of our region’s cultural icons.”
Mr Marshall said NERAM was a wonderful community asset and a key cultural tourist attraction for the New England region with up to 40,000 visitors a year. He said he was delighted the funding has been secured and that the government would continue to help fund NERAM’s valuable cultural and educational programs.
NERAM Board Chairman Andrew Murray welcomed the funding announcement and thanked Mr Marshall for his support.
“The support of the State Government, through the Ministry of Arts as well as the ongoing funding that NERAM receives from the Armidale Dumaresq Council and other benefactors means that in the next three years we can curate vibrant and engaging exhibitions from our own collections as well as host major touring exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize,” Mr Murray said “We would also like to thank our local member Adam Marshall for his continued support and advocacy for NERAM.”
Commencing in 2016 the triennial funding of $60,000 a year will be provided through the Arts and Cultural Development Program managed by Arts NSW as part of Create in NSW, the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework.
Photo caption: NERAM Board Chairman Andrew Murray, left, Packsaddle committee member Glenda Kupczyk-Romanczuk,Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and NERAM Director Robert Heather pictured at the recent opening of NERAM’s Packsaddle exhibition.