INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS: Artist Digby Moran in his Lismore studio.
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS: Artist Digby Moran in his Lismore studio. Patrick Gorbunovs

Aboriginal artist supports others applying for grants

PROMINENT local Aboriginal artist Albert 'Digby' Moran said he will apply for this year's Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund and encourages other local artists to do the same.

The fund, which aims to support projects that promote regional Aboriginal artists, offers grants of up to $3000 for individuals and $15,000 for organisations.

Mr Moran said the Northern Rivers was full of talented Aboriginal artists.

"There's some amazing stuff in our own backyard that will all come out in the next couple of years," he said.

Mr Moran said local Aboriginal artists should apply for the funding and "get their artwork out there."

"It's good for them, it's good for their confidence, it makes them feel good and that's what it's all about," he said.

Mr Moran's diverse range of artworks has featured in exhibitions around the country, as well as in Germany and Austria.

Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood said he encouraged local Aboriginal artists in the regional to apply for the grant, which could help to cover the costs of workshops, supplies and professional development.

"I think government grants are a really important income stream for artists to access," he said.

"We have a really vibrant, strong and proud community of indigenous artists in the Northern Rivers and we've been really successful with government funding in the past."

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victor Dominello, said NSW is home to the largest indigenous community in Australia.

A total of $100,000 in government funding is available across the state for the Aboriginal Regional Arts project.



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