Funding open for regional Aboriginal arts projects

Transmit, Bundanon Trust 2015. Photo: Heidrun Löhr

Transmit, Bundanon Trust 2015. Photo: Heidrun Löhr

Regional Aboriginal artists and arts organisations are now invited to apply for NSW Government funding to support local projects across the state.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund is for projects that encourage Aboriginal people to explore and express their cultural identities.

“The Fund last year supported 15 striking projects including painting, carving and fibre workshops in Western Riverina and Wollongbar, a collaboration with the Slim Dusty Museum, music, performances and artwork in Bathurst, Deniliquin and Walgett and documenting community stories in Wilcannia,” Mr Grant said.

“Community is central to Aboriginal culture and identity and these projects enable Aboriginal artists to express their creativity, build their skills across all the arts and share their stories with their communities and beyond.”

“Our Government is proud to support a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in NSW. I encourage Aboriginal artists and arts organisations in remote and regional NSW to apply to Arts NSW for projects starting from July 1 this year.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said culture and language are important to the identity and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

“The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund provides an exciting opportunity for current generations to continue the timeless tradition of cultural expression through songs, stories, dance and other creative art forms,” Ms Williams said.

The Fund supports projects that:

  • enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural
  • engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture in NSW;
  • encourage people to engage with Aboriginal arts and cultures;
  •  build the capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal arts organisations in regional NSW;
  • increase skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists in regional NSW.

The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5,000 for individual professional artists and up to $20,000 for organisations.

Applications close on 27 February 2017. For more information please click here.

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Published: 19 January 2017