2023 Audience Development Fund Recipients Announced

Museums & Galleries of NSW congratulates the recipients of the Audience Development Fund for 2023. The successful applicants developed proposals that targeted identified needs or gaps in their engagement programming with strong consultation and involvement of target groups and audiences to inform that development.

“The Audience Development Fund supports public galleries in NSW to target and develop new audiences, and enables them to explore new models for engaging artists and their communities through innovative public and education programming. NSW public galleries are vital hubs for their communities, particularly regionally, and strong audience engagement is key to maintaining this role as well as to developing new types of audiences, building in sustainability for their future. The breadth of projects and audiences supported through this year’s Audience Development Fund is testament to how deeply committed NSW galleries are in reflecting the diversity of the communities they serve, encouraging and supporting First Nations, young people, families and people with disability to build lasting relationships with them and the arts more broadly.”

Brett Adlington, CEO Museums & Galleries of NSW

Five diverse projects were supported:

Fairfield City Council (Fairfield City Museum & Gallery) – Immaterial ($10,000)

Immaterial is an inclusive creative and engagement project for youth and Western Sydney audiences. Through articulated music, dance, performance and digital media workshops, new commissions and four live events the project will connect southwest Sydney audiences to the voices of the region’s most innovative artists.

Lismore Regional Gallery – The Collector Club ($5,230)

Lismore Regional Gallery will present a talk series featuring cultural experts and arts leaders: The Collector Club. This series will cover topics such as recovering and conserving collections, collecting art, learning and celebrating First Nations art, and maintaining an art collection.

Mosman Art Gallery – Enhanced Gallery Experiences for Audiences with Low Vision ($10,000)

Mosman Art Gallery will develop a series of interpretive materials to attract and service audiences with low vision. Through interpretation of key components of the Gallery’s annual program, the project will pilot case-studies, sample templates and educational materials to guide best practice industry standards and strategies for low vision audiences.

Penrith Regional Gallery – Penrith Open Studio ($10,000)

Penrith Open Studio is a youth-engagement initiative connecting young people from Penrith with emerging artists through a pop-up studio and mentorship. The initiative aims to provide exposure and clarity for young people interested in pursuing art, outside of the secondary school syllabus, through a dynamic and responsive series of events.

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery – First Nations Arts and Cultural Program ($9,770)

An arts and cultural program designed and delivered by First Nations artist educators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students selected by Aboriginal Education Officers and Visual Arts teachers from each partner school. The program will focus on practical and conceptual enquiry into the work of contemporary First Nations artists.

Read more about the Audience Development Fund here

The Audience Development Fund is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) on behalf of the NSW Government.