The Minister for the Arts, Senator the Honourable George Brandis QC today announced funding for initiatives that will benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists throughout Australia.
Funding of $242,000 will be provided to five projects through the 2014-15 Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program which supports industry service organisations and Indigenous-owned art centres.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion welcomed the Australian Government’s funding for a training project at Desart Inc.
“$85,000 has been provided to Desart Inc to deliver training for Indigenous art centre staff on use of the Stories Art Money (SAM) database, an online art cataloguing and sales system used by over 60 art centres nationally,” Senator Scullion said.
Desart is the non-profit peak industry body for over 40 Central Australian Aboriginal art centres and is based in Alice Springs.
“Indigenous art centres are the source of some of Australia’s most dynamic visual art. They provide the infrastructure and access to relationships that allow artists to create new art, develop professional skills and connect to the commercial art market” Senator Brandis said.
The IVAIS program provides core funding to around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres and five service organisations that provide professional opportunities to over 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists and 300 arts workers, most living in remote communities.
“Indigenous art centres are often the hub of remote communities and play a significant role in providing training, economic development, leadership and employment opportunities for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples” Senator Brandis said.
More information about the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website.
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