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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Arts funding for touring exhibitions

Media release
24 February 2009
PG/218

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Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett has announced funding of more than $1 million to support the development and touring of 15 cultural exhibitions through the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

The exhibitions, drawn from Australian public collections, showcase the diversity of Australia’s unique cultural life, with contributions from performing arts collections, Indigenous weavers, new media artists and craft practitioners.

The exhibition themes under this latest round of funding range from the history of Australia’s convict female factories to contemporary Indigenous fibre textile practice in Australia.

“This funding underlines the Rudd Government’s commitment is to making Australia’s cultural heritage more accessible to more Australians,” Mr Garrett said.

“The support being provided by the Visions of Australia program has proved very successful in encouraging the development and touring of exciting and innovative exhibitions to metropolitan and regional communities across Australia.

“These touring exhibitions mean more Australians get the opportunity to enjoy our exceptional cultural collections.”

Touring exhibitions in this round will visit 87 venues across all Australian states and territories, including 56 venues in regional locations, including:

The Visions of Australia program supports not-for-profit organisations and public collecting institutions to develop and tour exhibitions of Australian cultural material across Australia. See www.arts.gov.au/visions  for details of the latest funding recipients and further program information.

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