Art group funding for future plans
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.
Roebourne Art Group manager Loreen Samson and chief executive Rex Widerstrom.