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

Increased funding for the indigenous visual arts sector

Media Release
8 July 2009
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At the new Lismore 3 Rivers Aboriginal Art Space, Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres and arts industry organisations will receive an injection of almost $10 million to assist with building a stronger and more sustainable Indigenous arts sector.

Mr Garrett said 86 activities will be funded by the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) program's 2009-10 competitive funding round including 13 organisations which will, for the first time, receive triennial funding.

"The NACIS program provides funding to art centres to support business operations, employ managers and develop artists' business skills. By building solid foundations, we ensure the sustainability of the Indigenous visual arts industry," Mr Garrett said.

"For the first time, triennial funding is now available to organisations demonstrating leadership in the sector through exemplary arts, governance and business practices. It will enable these organisations to plan for the longer term."

Flagship art centres across the country will receive triennial funding, including Indigenous arts support organisations such as Arts Northern Rivers, Desart and Country Arts WA.

"The 3 Rivers Aboriginal Art Space is a great example of the steps being taken to build a sustainable sector. Arts Northern Rivers, which will receive around $237,000 in funding over the next three years, has used NACIS funding to support the establishment of an Indigenous Artists Advisory Group and develop this professional arts space. It will be used by more than 100 artists in the NSW Northern Rivers region," Mr Garrett said.

"This Government has substantially increased the investment in the Indigenous visual arts sector, recognising the economic, social and cultural importance of the sector to Australia.

"In the Budget we announced a further $9.3 million in NACIS funding-increasing the Government's investment in NACIS by 56 per cent since 2006-07, delivering on our election commitment.

"We have also provided funding for the introduction of a voluntary Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct expected later this year. The code will further promote ethical business practice in the Indigenous visual arts sector by enhancing transparency in transactions between artists and the marketplace," he said.

Details of funding recipients are in the table below.

More information at www.arts.gov.au/indigenous/NACIS  

2009-10 National arts and crafts industry support - Australian Government support for professional Indigenous arts and crafts practice
LocationOrganisationActivityAmount
QldMornington Island (Triennial) Woomera Aboriginal CorporationContribute to the operational costs of the art centre on Mornington Island including workshops, professional development and training for Indigenous artists. 2009-10: 105,450
2010-11: 106,513
2011-12: 109,390
Total: 321,353
AurukunAurukun Shire CouncilTo provide for the artistic, cultural and economic development of the Wik and Kugu Art and Craft centre and its artists. 180,085
CairnsUMI Arts Ltd. To contribute to operational costs of the peak association to deliver professional development and best practice to artists and art centres in the Far North Queensland region. 95,000
CardwellGirringun Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to operational support for the organisation to develop a regionally responsive and community orientated Indigenous Art Centre. 75,000
Darnley IslandErub Erwer Meta Torres Strait Islander CorporationDevelop strategic business and marketing plans for the organisation. 32,900
DunwichSalt Water Murris - Quandamooka Inc. To contribute to the operational costs for arts activities at North Stradbroke Island.69,770
HopevaleHopevale Community Learning Centre Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in the Hopevale community. 109,943
Lockhart RiverLockhart River Aboriginal and Community Arts and Cultural Centre IncTo contribute to costs associated with providing skills development opportunities for the artists of the Lockhart River region. 137,500
Mornington IslandWoomera Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to funding for the construction of staff accommodation and upgrade for the Art Centre studio and facilities at Mornington Island. 400,000
MossmanBamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Inc. To contribute to operational costs associated with the provision of Mossman Gorge Art centre facilities, training and development for Indigenous visual artists. 109,340
NormantonBynoe Community Advancement Cooperative Society Ltd. To contribute to operational costs of the art centre including workshops, professional development and training for Indigenous artists at Normanton. 74,850
PormpuraawPormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire CouncilTo contribute funding to maintain and promote artists from the Pormpuraaw community. 65,650
RockhamptonCentral Queensland Indigenous Development LtdTo contribute funding for the establishment of a retail shop and a small satellite outlet to exhibit and sell Indigenous art works for Indigenous artists from the Central Queensland region. 110,000
NSWAlstonville (Triennial) Arts Northern Rivers IncorporatedTo support the development and sustainability of the Indigenous visual arts and crafts industry in the Northern Rivers region. 2009-10: 79,032
2010-11: 79,032
2011-12: 79,032
Total: 237,096
Armidale (Triennial) Armidale & Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping PlaceTo provide support and opportunities for local Indigenous artists. 2009-10: 76,755
2010-11: 78,290
2011-12: 79,855
Total: 234,900
KempseyDurri Aboriginal Corporation Medical ServiceTo establish a gallery to assist in the economic sustainability and cultural development of a local Indigenous Arts Industry for the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal community. 85,653
SydneyArts Law Centre of AustraliaTo provide legal services to Indigenous art centres and artists. 81,907
WollongongWollongong City GalleryTo develop and promote the works of Indigenous artists living in the Illawarra region. 69,200
VicBairnsdale (Triennial)East Gippsland Aboriginal Arts CorporationContribute to operational costs for the organisation to deliver programs to the Indigenous arts community of East Gippsland.2009-10: 215,908
2010-11:120,000
2011-12: 110,000
Total: 445,908
Melbourne (Triennial) Koori Heritage TrustTo contribute to operational costs of the organisation through support for the employment of an Indigenous exhibitions manager and an Indigenous trainee. 2009-10: 157,478
2010-11: 151,274
2011-12: 152,932
Total: 461,684
BallaratBallarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative LtdTo contribute to the employment of the business manager and operation of the Kirrit Barreet Gallery (KBG) and Cultural Centre (KBGCC) at Ballarat. 57,600
BallaratBallarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd To contribute to the operational costs of the Ballarat Community Arts Program, and exhibition of artworks at Kirrit Barreet Gallery (KBG) and Cultural Centre. 65,100
MilduraMildura Aboriginal Corporation IncTo contribute to operational costs allowing the expansion of professional arts practice. 14,000
NTAlice Springs (Triennial)Desart IncorporatedTo contribute to operational costs for Desart,a peak representative and advocacy body, to provide business management, industry advice and advocacy support to artists and arts centres in central Australia. 2009-10: 420,000
2010-11: 522,800
2011-12: 546,500
Total: 1,489,300
Maningrida (Triennial)Bawinanga Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the salary costs for the manager and assistant manager at Maningrida Arts & Culture Centre. 2009-10: 132,000
2010-11: 120,000
2011-12: 120,000
Total: 372,000
Santa Teresa (Triennial)Keringke Arts Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of Keringke Arts Aboriginal Corporation. 2009-10: 125,000
2010-11: 125,000
2011-12: 125,000
Total: 375,000
Yuendumu (Triennial)Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal AssociationTo contribute to operational costs and salaries of the Warlukurlangu Artists Arts Centre. 2009-10: 90,000
2010-11: 90,000
2011:12: 90,000
Total: 270,000
Ali CurungArlpwe Artists Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the art centre at Ali Curung. 120,000
Alice SpringsNgaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's CouncilTo provide funds to support the operational costs for the Tjanpi Desert Weavers enterprise. 105,000
Alice SpringsNgkarte MikwekenheTo provide a contribution to the salary costs for the manager and for operations of the Irrkerlantye Art Centre. 105,000
Alice SpringsTangentyere Council Inc. To contribute to operational costs of Tangentyere Artists Art Centre servicing the Alice Springs Town Camps. 160,000
AmpilatwatjaArtists of Ampilatwatja Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to operational costs of the arts centre located at Amaroo Station. 90,000
Bathurst IslandTiwi Designs Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs and salaries of the manager and the art centre coordinator positions of Tiwi Designs Aboriginal Corporation. 120,000
BeswickDjilpin Arts Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to salary and operational costs for the Ghunmarn Culture Centre. 105,000
BorroloolaMabunji Aboriginal Resource Association IncorporatedTo contribute to operational costs of Waralungku Arts and Craft located in Borroloola. 120,000
DarwinAssociation of Northern, Kimberley & Arnhem Aboriginal Artists Aboriginal Corporation (ANKAAA) To contribute to operational costs for ANKAAA, a peak industry association, to provide industry support and advocacy to artists and art centres in the Top End. 420,000
DarwinTiwi Art Network Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the Tiwi Art Network. 85,000
DarwinTop End Arts MarketingTo contribute to the operational costs for the annual National Indigenous Art Centres Fair held in Darwin. 25,000
Elcho IslandMarthakal Homeland and Resource Centre AssociationTo contribute to the operational costs of Elcho Island Arts at the Marthakal Arts Hub in Galiwinku. 105,000
GapuwiyakGapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute towards the operational costs of the Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Centre. 90,000
Goulbourn IslandWest Arnhem Shire CouncilTo contribute towards the operational costs of the Warruwi and Minjilang Arts based at Warruwi. 155,000
GunbalanyaInjalak Arts and Crafts Assoc.Inc. To contribute to operational costs of Injalak Arts and Crafts Association, located in Gunbalanya. 150,000
Haasts BluffIkuntji ArtistsTo contribute to the operational costs and manager salaries of Ikuntji Artists. 110,000
HermannsburgHermannsburg PottersTo contribute to the operational costs of the Hermannsburg Potters. 90,000
KatherineMimi Arts & Craft Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs and salaries of the manager and field officer of the Mimi Arts & Craft Aboriginal Corporation. 150,000
KatherineWarnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of Warnayaka Arts Centre at Lajamanu. 90,000
MilingimbiMilingimbi Art and Cultural Aboriginal CorporationTo provide a contribution to the manager and studio/training co-ordinator salaries for Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation105,000
NgukurrNgukurr Art Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to operational costs of Ngukurr Art Aboriginal Corporation. 105,000
PapunyaPapunya TjupiTo contribute to the operational costs and manager salary for Papunya Tjupi Art Centre. 120,000
PeppimenartiDeewin Kurim Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute towards the operational costs and salary of the Arts Manager of the new Durrmu Arts Centre. 105,000
RaminginingBula'bula Arts Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to operational costs of Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation which supports artists in Ramingining and surrounding outstations. 135,000
TitjikalaTapatjatjaka Art and Craft Aboriginal CorporationTo provide a contribution to the salaries and operational costs of Tapatjatjaka Arts Centre. 90,000
Tiwi IslandsJilamara Arts & Crafts AssociationTo contribute to the operational costs of Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association located at Milikapiti. 120,000
Tiwi IslandsMunupi Arts and Crafts AssociationTo provide a contribution to salary and operational costs for Munupi Arts based at Melville Island. 120,000
YirrkalaBuku-Larrnggay Mulka CentreTo contribute to the operational costs of the Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre. 90,000
SAAPY Lands (Triennial) Tjungu Palya Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in Nyapari, Kanpi, Watarru and surrounding homelands. 2009-10: 111,200
2010-11: 111,200
2011-12: 111,200
Total: 333,600
Ernabella (Triennial)Ernabella Arts Inc. To contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in and around the community of Ernabella. 2010-11: 100,000
2010-11: 100,000
2011-12: 100,000
Total: 300,000
AdelaideAnanguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of Ku Arts in providing industry development support to artists in rural and remote regions of SA outside the APY Lands. 90,000
AmataMinymaku Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in and around the community of Amata. 123,650
APY LandsAnanguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to costs associated with a regional training and employment project and to provide support to art centres and artists based on the APY Lands. 85,000
APY LandsAnanguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the salary costs associated with the engagement of a men's arts coordinator on the APY Lands. 120,900
APY LandsAnanguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in and around the community of Mimili. 92,000
CedunaTjutjunaku Worka Tjuta Inc. To contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in and around the Ceduna region. 99,000
FregonKaltjiti Arts and Crafts IncorporatedTo contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in and around the community of Fregon. 135,000
IndulkanaIwantja Arts and CraftsTo contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in and around the community of Indulkana. 92,000
KalkaNinuku Arts Indigenous CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the organisation to provide visual arts and crafts services to artists based in the communities of Kalka and Pipalyatjara. 100,000
Port LincolnPort Lincoln Aboriginal Community IncTo contribute to the operational costs of Kuju Aboriginal Arts and Crafts which provides services to artists based in Port Lincoln. 35,000
WADerby (Triennial)Mowanjum Artists Spirit of the Wandjina Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the development, promotion and operations of Indigenous artists & professional art centre in the Mowanjum Community near Derby. 2009-10: 100,000
2010-11: 100,000
2011-12: 100,000
Total: 300,000
Kununurra (Triennial)Waringarri Artists Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute operational support to Waringarri Arts centre. 2009-10: 135,421
2010-11: 135,421
2011-12: 135,421
Total: 406,263
BlackstonePapulankutja Artists Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre. 90,000
Fitzroy CrossingMangkaja Arts Resource Agency Aboriginal CorporationTo support the development and provision of quality art services to artists of the Fitzroy Valley. 125,000
GeraldtonMarra Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the art centre and professional development workshops for Indigenous artists in Geraldton. 111,300
GeraldtonMidwest Development CommissionTo contribute to commencement of operations of the Upper Murchison Outback Indigenous Arts Centre. 60,000
IlkurlkaIlkurlka Aboriginal CorporationTo support the operations of the Spinifex Arts Project for Spinifex artists in the Great Victoria Desert. 75,000
KalgoorlieWongutha Birni Aboriginal CorporationTo promote the development of the Aboriginal art and craft industry at Wongutha Birni in the Eastern Goldfields Region. 40,000
KatanningMungart Boodja IncorporatedTo contribute to the operational costs of an art centre in Katanning in the Great Southern Region. 100,000
KununurraWaringarri Artists Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the establishment of an art centre at Kalumburu, East Kimberley. 47,000
NewmanMartumili Artists (Shire of East Pilbara) To maintain and consolidate core Indigenous art activities and services in Martu communities in the East Pilbara. 230,000
PatjarrKayili Artists IncorporatedTo support the operational costs of the art centre in the Patjarr Aboriginal Community. 74,850
PerthCountry Arts Western AustraliaTo contribute to the establishment of a peak body service for Western Australian Indigenous art centres. 250,000
Ringers SoakYaruman Art and Culture Aboriginal CorporationTo support the operations of the Yaruman Art Centre for Indigenous artists at Ringers Soak Community in the Kimberley Region. 116,000
RoebourneRoebourne Art Group Aboriginal CorporationTo develop, promote and market the artwork of Aboriginal artists in the Roebourne Shire area. 58,112
TjukurlaTjukurla Community Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the Tjarlirli Art Centre. 70,000
WarakurnaWarakurna Artists Aboriginal CorporationTo develop, promote and market the artwork of Aboriginal artists at Warakurna. 144,110
WarmunWarmun Art Aboriginal CorporationTo contribute to the operational costs of the art enterprise at Warmun (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley. 19,860
  Wiluna Shire of Wiluna To promote service delivery and product development at the Tjukurba Gallery in the Shire of Wiluna. 58,990
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