Joint Media Release with Minister For the Arts Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
A digital installation and artists from Lajamanu will tour Germany, thanks to funding under the Coalition Government’s Catalyst fund.
The support from the Coalition was announced by the Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today.
“I am delighted Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation has received $43,000 through the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. This will provide a great opportunity to showcase innovative work from Lajamanu,” Senator Scullion said.
“The YAMA exhibition will be exhibited at Villa Merkel Museum in Esslingen, near Stuttgart in Germany. The installation includes a yurjuku or rough bush dwelling, video projections with wall paintings and a series of lightboxes in, on and around the yurjuku.
“The exhibition has already been shown at Furtherfield Gallery in London and Warnayaka’s aim is to continue developing interest in European markets including Germany and the UK where the corporation has existing galleries representing Lajamanu artists.
“This exhibition and the visit by Lajamanu artists will further develop contacts and partnerships with European collectors, curators and museums. There is a great deal of interest in Indigenous art in Germany and this exhibition will help to push Lajamanu art more in international markets.”
Minister Fifield said the Catalyst fund would provide $2.15 million over three years for 15 art projects that encourage partnerships across the arts sector and enhance community involvement.
There is a mix of single and multi-year projects across the three Catalyst funding streams: Innovation and Participation, International and Cultural Diplomacy and Partnerships and Collaboration.
For more information visit www.arts.gov.au/catalyst.