Art group fund­ing for fu­ture plans

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

One of the most suc­cess­ful art groups in the Pil­bara is to take the first steps to­wards ac­quir­ing the fa­cil­i­ties they have been seek­ing for years af­ter gain­ing fund­ing from the State Govern­ment.

The Roe­bourne Art Group was granted $5000 to help de­velop plans for a new art cen­tre un­der the State Govern­ment’s Cre­ative Re­gions Pro­gram.

RAG artists have long needed a new fa­cil­ity, with their cur­rent premises in Roe­bourne “fall­ing to bits”, ac­cord­ing to chair­man Rex Wider­strom.

“We have white ants eat­ing away at any­thing that is wood ... and the ceil­ing is shot to hell,” he said.

“The big­gest prob­lem for us though is the air-con­di­tion­ing.

“With­out be­ing able to con­trol tem­per­a­ture in the gallery part, the can­vases dry and crack. It is stuffy and un­pleas­ant so (vis­i­tors) don’t hang around and we lose sales.”

Mr Wider­strom said the group would con­sider mov­ing into ex­ist­ing build­ings, such as the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre, if the op­por­tu­nity be­came avail­able, or build its own new fa­cil­ity in Roe­bourne.

Nine­teen Abo­rig­i­nal art cen­tres were awarded fund­ing for 14 projects through the pro­gram.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Roe­bourne Art Group man­ager Loreen Sam­son and chief ex­ec­u­tive Rex Wider­strom.

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