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Aboriginal arts boosted
Aboriginal Art Centre Hub chief executive Chad Creighton and staff spent time showing Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher around the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub on Wednesday.

Funding to boost Aboriginal art

THE Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia will receive a cash injection of $600,000 to support Aboriginal artists and projects in Midland, Mundaring and across the State.

The funding is part of the Federal Government’s roll-out of the $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

The purpose of RISE is to help the arts and entertainment sector recover from the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Aboriginal Art Centre Hub chief executive Chad Creighton said the financial boost would help the Midland-based Aboriginal art peak body support artists close to home and further afield.

“When RISE was announced two years ago we asked our centres if they were going to apply,” he said.

“It takes a lot of resources and time to complete the application process, so on behalf of all our centres we decided to apply and bring everyone in under an umbrella project.”

The hub will use the funding to support capacity building, exhibitions and artist development.

“It was a lot of hard work to get the application in including feedback from members,” he said.

“The success of the grant has been well received and now we’re looking at how we put it together and roll it out.”

The peak body is based at the Midland Junction Arts Centre with the support of the City of Swan and the Mundaring Arts Centre.

Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt said the funding would provide critical support for local arts through the art hub and assist local communities and economies to restart from the pandemic.

“This project will facilitate cultural exchanges between West Australian Aboriginal art centres and artists, offer extensive capacity development programs and result in a milestone exhibition,” Mr Wyatt said.

RISE has supported 541 projects creating more than 213,000 jobs across the country.

By Claire Ottaviano

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