Funding for Papulankutja Art Centre

16/3/2015

Papulankutja Art Centre is another step closer to being re-built after a fire damaged the building in October 2014.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today welcomed the announcement of the 2014-15 Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program that will benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists throughout Australia, including the Papulankutja Art Centre.

Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal Corporation was successful in obtaining $25,000 to contribute to the cost of rebuilding the fire-damaged Papulankutja Art Centre in Blackstone.

Mr Wilson said the fire destroyed all stock waiting to be sold including paintings, artefacts, bush soap and important works from artists who have since passed away. The loss of stock was estimated at over $200,000.

“The fire was a devastating loss for the community and I’m sure this funding is a welcome announcement for the centre,” Mr Wilson said.

Along with funding from the federal government, the Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal Corporation ran a crowd funding campaign that raised $29,092.

“Indigenous art centres are the source of some of Australia’s most dynamic visual art and to see the community rally around the Papulankutja Art Centre shows how valuable this centre is.

“The centres are often the hub of remote communities and play a significant role in providing training, economic development, leadership and employment opportunities for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

The IVAIS program provides core funding to around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres and five service organisations that provide professional opportunities to over 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists and 300 arts workers, most living in remote communities.

More information about the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program can be found at http://arts.gov.au/indigenous/ivais.

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