Kate Hallen and Alison Williams help to setup the Lismore Regional Gallery for the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Kate Hallen and Alison Williams help to setup the Lismore Regional Gallery for the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Funding for Aboriginal arts projects has opened

FUNDING to support local projects and encourage people to explore and express their cultural identities has opened for Aboriginal artists and arts organisations in regional NSW.

Lismore MP Thomas George encouraged artists in our region to apply.

"It gives the individual artists and organised arts in the Aboriginal community the opportunity to apply for grants from $5000 up to $15,000," he said.

"I'd certainly encourage all individiuals and organisations to look at the possibility of applying for it."

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government supports a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and cultural sector.

"Aboriginal art encourages greater appreciation of Aboriginal culture in the wider community and enables Aboriginal artists to express their creativity," Mr Grant said.

"Participation in the arts promotes personal and collective wellbeing, as well as contributing strongly to an innovative and robust local economy."

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund helped to highlight the Aboriginal artistic talent in regional NSW.

"This funding will help individuals to build on their existing abilities and talents, and assist organisations in strengthening their skills and capacity," she said.

The Arts Fund offers up to $5,000 for individual professional artists and up to $15,000 for organisations.

The closing date for applications is March 14.

To apply, complete an online application form at artsnsw.smartygrants.com.au.

For more information call Arts NSW on 9995 0533 or free call 1800 358 594 within NSW.



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