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Aboriginal art space receives funding

The region’s leading indigenous arts space will use a State Government grant of $60,000 to extend its programs and offer more cultural artworks to the public, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said today.

Mr Marshall delivered news of the funding today to the Armidale Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place (ACCKP) and its director Dr Daisy William.

“The Armidale keeping place is one of only 12 such places in this state and it is a significant place for aboriginal art and cultural collections,” Mr Marshall said.

“This funding will allow the centre to continue the work it does with its exhibitions, workshops and public and educational programs – but importantly it will allow them to add some more creative parts to their schedule of events and their operational calendar.”

Dr William said part of the funding would provide for the extended work of program coordinator Bevan Quinlin who started in the job six months ago and has brought some new and vibrant ideas for the centre to initiate in its community connections.

 

Mr Quinlin went to school in Armidale and has come back to his hometown after living in Cairns – and he’s brought with him a working art background and a love for showing art.

He makes artefacts and has already completed a couple of the seven spears he plans as part of this stage of his art creations.

The spears range from one prong to seven prong ones, generally used in hunting for fish, and also a hook spear, mainly and traditionally used in old times for hunting fish. The artefacts are being created in a number of materials, including in glass and stone.

 

Mr Quinlin has also been instrumental in another start-up group for the community connections program at the centre.

 

It’s a men’s group, designed to reach out to more males in the Armidale region and connect them with each other for some cultural activities. One of the first ideas for the group is to produce screen printed t-shirts.

 

Mr Marshall said the latest grant would help conserve the centre’s reputation as a keeping place for vibrant aboriginal history through some significant collections.

 

“It is the custodian of some wonderful aboriginal artefacts and a centre of rich local and regional art works of national value,” he said.

 

The funding is provided under the NSW Arts and Cultural Development Program.

“The NSW Government is committed to a resilient and vibrant arts and cultural sector and helping artists and organisations create quality experiences for diverse audiences,” Mr Marshall said.

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