Aboriginal artists encouraged to apply for State funding
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries is encouraging local Aboriginal artists and arts organisations to apply for NSW Government funding to support local arts projects.
Mr Humphries said the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund encourages Aboriginal people to creatively explore and express their cultural identities through artistic practice.
“This program will encourage the community to engage and promote regional Aboriginal artistic talent,” Mr Humphries said.
“Any funding assistance for our talented local artists is welcome and will no doubt make a real difference to those who live and work in our community.
“The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $3,000 for professional artists and up to $15,000 for organisations. Applications close 9 March 2015,” Mr Humphries said.
Aboriginal artists and organisations with projects starting after 1 July 2015 are eligible to apply.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said government funding for Aboriginal arts projects makes a real difference to artists and arts organisations living and working in regional NSW communities.
“Last year more than $117,000 of NSW Government funding supported 12 Aboriginal arts projects across the State – from circus skills workshops for young people in Albury and researching Aboriginal carved trees in the Western Plains Cultural Centre collection, to basket weaving workshops on the Central Coast,” Mr Grant said.
The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund supports projects that:
- Enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural identities;
- 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; and
- Increase professional and skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists living in regional NSW.
For more information: www.arts.nsw.gov.au