Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    New Warmun art centre opens

    28/08/2007 3:00 PM
     
    28/8/07

    The new Warmun Art Centre at Turkey Creek in the Kimberley region has officially opened today with a ceremony hosted by the artists to mark the occasion.

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford said completion of the $1.2million arts centre would provide more gallery and working space for an established indigenous arts enterprise whose fine art was being internationally renowned.

    “This much needed centre will be an important venue to showcase the work of some of Western Australia’s most talented artists, as well as provide a cultural learning facility for both school children and adults,” he said.

    A cheque for $308,000, as part of an initial payment to assist with building the new $1.2million arts centre, was presented to the Warmun artists in April. The grant is part of a $462,000 commitment provided through the State Government’s Indigenous Regional Development Program.

    Central Kimberley-Pilbara MLA Tom Stephens said the centre would generate wider benefits for the Warmun community including creating additional employment and income opportunities.

    “This is one of a range of measures to assist in improving the quality of life in indigenous communities, a key factor in the State Government’s response to the Gordon Inquiry,”
    Mr Stephens said.

    A further $443,300 has been committed to the project through the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, along with additional funds being contributed from local Warmun artists from the proceeds of sales of their artworks.

    The centre was recently completed by builder KR Randall and was designed by Monsoon Architects.

    Further information about the Indigenous Regional Development Program is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500, Freecall 1800 620 511 (country only) or http://www.dlgrd.wa.gov.au.

    Minister's office - 9213 7200