Catalyst funding gives international exposure to Northern Australia indigenous art

A project that will showcase the traditional and contemporary work of indigenous artists of Northern Australia to a European audience is one of the first to be funded as part of the Federal Government’s new $12million Catalyst fund.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said this was a tremendous opportunity for the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, who, in partnership with Suzanne O’Connell Gallery and Associates, will showcase their work to an estimated audience of 500,000 European visitors at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco later this year thanks to the $485,450 grant.

Defending the Oceans at the heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art will feature at the Monaco Museum later this year and is an ambitious showcase of contemporary artworks by more than 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders artists, including a number of artists from remote communities, including Girringun Art Centre(North Queensland), Erub Arts (Torres Strait, Queensland) and the Pormpuraaw Art Centre (Cape York, Queensland).

The installation will fill the gallery’s three floors including the rooftop terrace where a 670 square metre installation will be seen against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea and be visible from planes flying overhead.

The project is one of the first three to be announced as part of Catalyst, which provides funding for projects across three streams - partnerships and collaborations, innovation and participation, and international and cultural diplomacy.

Senator Macdonald told the Senate this afternoon that it is great to see that this is now possible thanks to the Government’s new Catalyst program.

“Despite the fact the program was denigrated the length and breadth of the country by Labor, the Greens and the Inquiry Chair Senator Lazarus, it is good to see how this program has allowed North Queensland artists to be exposed to the world.”

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