Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for Abo­rig­i­nal arts to pre­serve cul­ture

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

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.

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