Arts Northern Rivers will receive $20,000 funding for a mentoring project matching ten Aboriginal young creative artists with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists.

Member for Ballina, Don Page and Member for Lismore, Thomas George were today joined by Peter Wood, Digby Moran and Luke Close to make the announcement.

Mr Page said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is proud to support the work of Arts Northern Rivers which will benefit the community.

“I’m thrilled Arts Northern Rivers will share in $265,000 funding from the NSW Government to support the development of our young Aboriginal creative artists.

“This project is a wonderful initiative and gives our young talent guidance and motivation to excel,” he said.

Member for Lismore, Thomas George said the arts funding encourages an appreciation of NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural practice, and promotes broader respect and understanding of diverse Aboriginal cultures within the wider community.

“This mentoring project will lead to the creation of new contemporary Aboriginal art as well as developing career pathways for Aboriginal artists and arts workers,” Mr George said.

Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the funding will support a range of projects that seek to develop the Aboriginal arts and cultural sector across the State and in various art forms.

“The funding will benefit Aboriginal artists and arts practitioners directly, as well as the organisations that assist artists to develop their skills.”

Arts NSW is the NSW Government's arts policy and funding body. For more information on Arts NSW’s support for the Aboriginal arts and cultural sector, visit

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.