Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    New business manual to help WA indigenous art centres

    12/06/2007 5:00 PM

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford today announced the State Government would help fund a project aimed at assisting the operations of art centres in indigenous communities.

    Desart, the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres, today received $65,000 to assist with the project.

    Mr Ford said the initiative to produce an art centre operations manual represented an important funding collaboration between the Western Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the Australia Council for the Arts.

    “More than 15 community art centres operate across the Kimberley and Ngaanyatjarra lands in the Goldfields-Esperance region. These centres provide immeasurable economic and community benefits, beyond the production and sale of authentic art, including business and product development, direct financial return, cultural maintenance, and tourism and employment opportunities,” he said.

    “These galleries will benefit from the operations manual pilot, prior to a rollout of more generic material industry wide.”

    The operations manual resource will inform art centre operatives about best practice, provide a training manual for Aboriginal artists and art workers, assist change management and succession planning in art centres, assist the induction of art centre managers who are new to the industry and provide a positive stimulus for developing an industry code of practice.

    Funding for the manual is provided from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development’s Western Australian Regional Initiatives Scheme (WARIS).

    WARIS is part of the State Government’s $80million Regional Investment Fund providing assistance for regional projects that encourage, promote and support the sustainable development of regional WA.

    Further information on the WARIS scheme is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500 or freecall 1800 620 511. Their website is

    Minister's office - 9213 7200