South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today presented a cheque for $20,000 to the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries to help further the development of Noongar art in the region.
“The growing recognition of art created by South-West Noongar people, both locally and overseas, is a credit to local artists,” Mr Marlborough said.
“I have been impressed not only with the quality of the art works coming out of the region, but the way in which the works capture the imagination of both local and overseas buyers.”
The funding will enable the galleries to further develop the skills of artists through a mentoring program, as well as promote retail development, and exhibitions.
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries chairperson Tresslyn Smith said the funding was an important boost to the project by helping to retain the Galleries’ Indigenous Arts Development Officer.
“Since this project began, we have helped organise more than 25 exhibitions locally and overseas and excited collectors of indigenous art wherever we have been,” Mrs Smith said.
“The South-West is on the map as a creative region offering a very different style of indigenous art.”
The funds have been made available through the South West Development Commission as part of an ongoing project to develop indigenous art.
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