Artists in the Mitchell Shire are being encouraged to showcase their work as part of a three-week exhibition aimed at promoting the shire’s creatives who have been hamstrung by COVID restrictions.

Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said the hArt of Mitchell Exhibition was assisted by the Federal Government as part of its Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism, CHART, program.

Mitchell Shire has been granted $2985 for the staging the exhibition, which will incorporate an opening event, artist workshops and talks, as well as other opportunities to reconnect, share and support artists as the community emerges from COVID restrictions.

“Offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities is more important than ever following two years of disruption, which is why the Federal Government continues to lend a helping hand in the recovery of community-run arts and cultural organisations,” Mr Drum said.

“I encourage arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Nicholls to apply for a CHART grant today, as we seek to preserve Australia’s cultural heritage in regional areas.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said CHART grants supported activities that encouraged cultural tourism in regional, rural, and remote Australia.

“We’re pleased to have delivered more than $500,000 for 178 projects across the country, supporting the reactivation and ongoing sustainability of these successful applicants, each playing an integral role in telling the stories of their local communities and preserving Australia’s cultural heritage,” he said.

The CHART program is administered by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association on behalf of the Federal Government. Applications are open until April 29, or until funding is allocated. Grants are capped at $3000.