A NATIMUK artist is hoping to bring her next production to the town in October - if only to a few people - after receiving funding from the state government.
Hannah French has received $4600 under the Sustaining Creative Workers grant program.
She also hopes to do some development work for the Nati Frinj, the next of which is due in late 2021 and is still scheduled to proceed.
"I'm hoping to develop projection work, with the idea I can present it at the Frinj," she said.
"Over the years I've been exploring the idea of using multiple projectors to project images and then through shadow interaction - whether it's by chance or a more orchestrated choreography - the shadow them intercepts the light and other images can be sent through. Essentially a play on light and shadow and how you can edit that together."
Ms French said she would also use some of the grant money to do some additional training in animation software.
"In the development period, which I'm hoping will happen in October now, I'll give myself several nights to create and play, and hopefully at the end of that there will be a friendly showing for people that can have a look and give me some feedback," she said.
Ms French said she was one of several Natimuk artists that lost income as the pandemic restrictions began to take effect earlier this year.
"There was one project that had been developed through the Made in Natimuk marketing arm of ACT Natimuk, and that was for the Celtic Festival scheduled for June," she said.
"When COVID-19 happened they weren't able to proceed, there were quite a few of us involved in that project, and the Lake Bolac Eel Festival."
Ms French said Wimmera residents could support makers by buying works from local markets and Horsham Regional Art Gallery when and where these options were available.
Under the program, fellow Natimuk artist Jillian Pearce has received $10,000 to support Y Space to build a new website and move its community based skills and performance development activities online.
The state government estimates 280,000 Victorians worked in creative industries prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, generating $31 billion annually.
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