Local aboriginal artists and arts organisations are now invited to apply for NSW Government funding to support local projects.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund is for projects in remote and regional NSW that encourage Aboriginal people to explore and express their cultural identities.

“I encourage all Aboriginal artists and arts organisations to apply for this funding which will allow them to share their stories and skills with their communities,” Mr Fraser said.

“This is well targeted support to build the skills, capacity and professional development of Aboriginal artists and arts organisations as well as create a diversity of stories and contemporary artworks which speak to local communities.”

The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5,000 for individual professional artists and up to $20,000 for organisations.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is proud to support a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture across NSW.

“Last year the fund supported 15 striking projects including painting, carving and fibre workshops in Western Riverina and Wollongbar, a collaboration with the Slim Dusty Museum, music, performances and artwork in Bathurst, Deniliquin and Walgett and documenting community stories in Wilcannia,” Mr Grant said.

The Fund supports projects that:
· enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural identities;
· engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture in NSW;
· encourage people to engage with Aboriginal arts and cultures;
· build the capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal arts organisations in regional NSW;
· increase skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists in regional NSW.

Applications close on 27 February 2017. For more information:

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