Government funding for Aboriginal arts to preserve culture
Nine West Australian Aboriginal arts groups have shared in more than $300,000 worth of funding to develop projects supporting sustainability of indigenous arts and culture.
The State Government’s Aboriginal Arts Grants Program provided $324,729 to groups from Albany to Derby.
One successful recipient, the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub WA, will help artists in remote areas work with the Art Gallery of Western Australia on the installation of their Desert River Sea exhibition, due to open in February 2019.
Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre gained $40,000 for the Mokare Project to commission five public artworks by Menang artists to be installed at the Albany Cultural Centre.
In Geraldton, Rebecca Millar was awarded $39,955 to develop a script exploring the story of the Lock Hospital tragedy, where several hundred Aboriginal people were medically incarcerated on Bernier and Dorre islands in Shark Bay in the early 1900s.
The Australasian Performing Right Association gained $40,000 to improve participation of Goldfields-Aboriginal musicians.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said creative industries played an important role in community.
Three of the nine groups awarded funding are based in the North West.
Cheeditha Group Aboriginal Corporation’s application for funding to develop glassmaking skills was successful.
In the Kimberley, Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre will develop a project named Yalmin with the Wunambal people to reinvigorate cultural practices of bark harvesting and painting.
Warmun Art Centre received $40,000 for the Joonba Program, which aims to preserve Goja corroboree.
Nine WA groups have shared in funding to improve sustainability of Aboriginal arts.