ARTS FUNDING WEAVES NEW WEB FOR LISMORE

Nine exciting arts projects that celebrate the rich and diverse Aboriginal culture across the State have been announced today by local Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.

Sharing funding of $160,964 from the NSW Government’s arts, screen and culture agency, Create NSW, the projects span weaving and ceramics workshops, curatorial practice through to multi-arts festivals and musicals that will take place from July 2018.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said he was thrilled to see such a strong investment in grassroots communities, with over $17,500 in funding going towards local multipurpose arts company, Arts Northern Rivers Inc.

This funding enable the company to launch its Bundjalung Weaving project which will bring together four accomplished weavers from the Northern Rivers region to share, learn and celebrate culture.

The weavers will undertake professional development and deliver an outreach program of weaving workshops across the region.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin stated that the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) projects will engage and promote Aboriginal artists, arts and culture and offer communities and audiences lasting legacies.

“As well as supporting existing Aboriginal arts and cultural workers, each of the creative projects will help to build sustainable artistic capacity across regional arts organisations and communities.

“These projects encourage ongoing professional development for regional Aboriginal artists and play a vital part in promoting and protecting our heritage across the State.”

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW. Annual funding of up to $5,000 is available for individual professional artists, and $20,000 for organisations, partnerships and groups.

For further information on arts, screen and culture funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au

Arts Northern Rivers Inc., Bundjalung Weaving (Richmond-Tweed), $17,644 - the Bundjalung Weaving project will bring together four accomplished weavers from the Northern Rivers region to share, learn and celebrate culture. The weavers will deliver an outreach program of weaving workshops across the region to share and learn weaving techniques with local Aboriginal communities. The weavers will engage with National Parks & Wildlife Services to build knowledge of access and protocols for collecting grasses and raw materials. The group will undertake a professional development program with a visit to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island collection of the Australian Museum to study artefacts and examine early weaving techniques from our region.

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: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.