The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council has received $22,495 in funding support to continue its promotion of indigenous arts and culture across the State’s north.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding, provided through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program, will allow the Yarrabah Art Centre to improve its studio facilities and buy art studio equipment.
“This funding will help the Yarrabah Council to provide professional art services and ensure that Indigenous arts and culture in this region is maintained and developed for future generations,” Senator Macdonald said.
Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield said the Government is providing $22.3million to 92 organisations to support the Indigenous visual arts sector, which includes support for two new organisations and eight one-off activities.
Each year, these organisations provide professional opportunities for more than 8,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and employment for around 350 Indigenous arts workers, mostly in remote communities, the Minister said.
Senator Macdonald said Indigenous artists create some of the country’s most vibrant and critically acclaimed contemporary visual art.
“They enrich our nation’s cultural identity, make a valuable contribution to our economy, and help promote Australia to international audiences.”
For more information about the program, and the full list of funding recipients, visit www.arts.gov.au/ivais