Local Giants


A PAC Australia, Regional Arts Australia and Performing Lines partnership.



PAC Australia, Performing Lines and Regional Arts Australia are thrilled to announce the launch of Local Giants; an ambitious new capacity building program which seeks to unlock the cultural ambition and potential of regional Australia.

With support from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund, and the NSW Government through Create NSW, Local Giants will be delivered across 2021 – 2023 in partnership with regional partner venues in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Speaking to the inception of the program, the partnership have said that Local Giants is responding directly to consultation with regional colleagues and seeks to create the foundations for new models of working that elevate the work of regional artists and artsworkers.

``Local Giants has been modelled to respond to the needs of the regional arts sector, ensuring long term cultural and economic sustainability, boosting local capacity and reducing reliance on conventional import models.
Recognising the cultural leadership of performing arts centres, Local Giants aims to resource these centres; allowing them to realise their ambitions of nurturing local arts, commissioning new works, investigating ambitious presentation models and promoting social cohesion through a thriving local sector.
This multi-year, multivalent program is flexible and adaptable to local context and designed with a view to expand in future years into regional communities across the whole of Australia, creating opportunities for large numbers of independent artists, arts workers and producers who may not otherwise have access to such resources.``

The Program

The program consists of several intersecting parts, including:

– Regional Producers Career Development Program

– Regional Artist Residencies

– New Regional Work Co-Commissions.


Between Performing Lines, Regional Arts Australia and PAC Australia, the organisations bring a breadth of experience in artist development and capacity building for local communities. As such, the Local Giants program has been developed after extensive consultation with regional artists and arts communities to seize opportunities for growth and innovation in the regional sector.

In the first phase Local Giants will provide opporutnities for 72 artists, arts workers and producers, across three residencies and the producer platform, resulting in the development of up to three new regional works.

The first of three Regional Artist Residencies kicked off in late November, hosted in partnership with Country Arts SA at Pichi Richi Park, Quorn.

EOIs for the Regional Producers platform will open on 17 January 2022.

For further information please contact admin[@]paca.org.au or call us (08) 9221 8992.

Local Giants is supported by the Restart Invesment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund – an Australia Government Initiative, the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.