Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    Support to grow WA's Aboriginal art centres

    27/01/2016 9:45 AM
    • $1.2 million to increase the sustainability of WA's Aboriginal art centres
    • Funding to support business activities 
    • Future Focus for WA Aboriginal Art Centres program opens today

    The State Government is providing $1.2 million to help develop the long-term sustainability of Aboriginal art centres in regional Western Australia.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said art centres were a vital part of life for many Aboriginal artists and communities.  


    "There are about 25 Aboriginal art centres in regional areas of the State, with many located in extremely remote locations," Mr Day said.


    "This funding will support individual Aboriginal art centres, groups of art centres and peak sector entities to develop business activities aimed at increasing an art centre's viability."


    Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said this program would create professional development and governance opportunities for Aboriginal art centres.


    "As part of the program, a sector-wide approach will be developed to identify practical strategies for stimulating markets for Western Australian Aboriginal art nationally and within the State," Ms Davies said.


    "Art centres are an important asset in the State's regions and I hope that this Royalties for Regions investment will support their ongoing sustainability."


    The Creative Regions program consists of five schemes that will upgrade venues; increase the skills of local arts groups; expand funding to regionally-based artists and organisations; boost the number of touring shows; and assist Aboriginal art centres. 


    Fact File

    • Applications for Future Focus for WA Aboriginal Art Centres are now open
    • This funding is one of five schemes through the $24 million Creative Regions program
    • Creative Regions is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
    • For more information, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au or Bigger Picture - Regions

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200