Funding open for local Aboriginal Arts projects
Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today invited local aboriginal artists and arts organisations to apply for NSW Government funding to support local projects.
Mr Johnsen said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund is for projects in remote and regional NSW that encourage Aboriginal people to explore and express their cultural identities.
“I encourage all our local Aboriginal artists and arts organisations to apply for this funding which will allow them to share their stories and skills with their communities,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This is well targeted support to build the skills, capacity and professional development of Aboriginal artists and arts organisations as well as create a diversity of stories and contemporary artworks which speak to local communities.”
The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5,000 for individual professional artists and up to $20,000 for organisations.
Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government is proud to support a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture across NSW.
The 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;
- increase skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists in regional NSW.
Mr Johnsen continued, saying that last year the fund supported 15 striking projects including painting, carving and fibre workshops across the state.
“With our rich Indigenous cultural heritage here in the Upper Hunter Electorate, I strongly encourage our local artists and art societies to apply for this funding, and highlight our wonderful, contemporary Indigenous art,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Applications close on 27 February 2017. For more information: www.arts.nsw.gov.au