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Posted on February 28, 2012 - by sophia
Through its partnership with Ngurratjuta Art Centre, Big hART has identified the need for greater support and awareness of the role of Indigenous Art Centres in Australia.
Art centres, such as Ngurratjuta, are owned and governed by Aboriginal people, and are a vital part of community life. They are often the only source of externally generated income in remote communities. The ability of Indigenous people to earn non-welfare based income has a big impact on social health and wellbeing.
Art centres are also are hubs for innovation, creativity and cultural expression. The fact they are Indigenous-run provides opportunities for local leadership. Yet too often they are underfunded and undervalued.
Big hART, through the Namatjira Project, has sought to engage Federal Ministers and policy makers in discussions about the unique opportunities Indigenous Art Centres present. We have highlighted the need for ongoing funding to help build financially viable, sustainable Indigenous art communities.
Simon Crean talks with Jane Young and Philip Watkins from Desart at a panel discussion in Canberra, Sept 2011.