Supporting our Indigenous visual arts industry
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP today announced $100,000 for the Mungart Boodja Art Centre in Albany through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.
Mr Wilson said the funding will be used to provide visual arts services to artists based in the Great Southern and South West.
“I am delighted to announce this funding as it enhances the cultural life and identity of our region and communities by supporting our unique local artists,” Mr Wilson said.
“Mungart Boodja Art Centre plays an important role in our local community and I congratulate them on their successful application.”
Minister for the Arts Senator the Hon George Brandis QC announced $22.2 million in funding for 97 organisations to support and develop professional Indigenous visual arts practice and further strengthens the sector.
The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program will contribute to the operations of a national network of around 80 Indigenous-owned arts centres and five service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s internationally-renowned Indigenous visual arts movement.
Senator Brandis said these Indigenous art centres produce world-renowned art, as well as providing training, economic development, leadership and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“As a result of this program more than 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are supported in their art practice, enriching the nation’s cultural life and passing their culture and stories to the next generation,” Senator Brandis said.
Funding through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program includes $11 million committed in previous years through multi-year funding agreements.
More information about the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and a full list of funding recipients can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website.