State Government funding for Indigenous art centres

03 Jul 2019
State Government funding for Indigenous art centres

The Marshall Liberal Government is providing $430,000 to repair and improve the infrastructure of three key art centres on the APY lands.

The centres at Kalka, Nyapari and Pukatja will use the funding to upgrade and improve facilities, as well as ensure the security of the centres in the future.

The funding to Ku Arts is part of the APY Taskforce 2018/19 budget.

Premier Steven Marshall says it’s crucial these centres are supported to ensure local Indigenous artists have access to the facilities they need to create their works, celebrating the oldest living cultural history.

“South Australia is home to Indigenous artists who have attracted both national and international acclaim, and we need to ensure there are adequate facilities for their great work to continue,” said the Premier.

“Ku Arts has been working for the past 20 years to provide professional development opportunities for artists across the state, to promote a vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts sector.

“Their initiatives create pathways for young Indigenous South Australians and improve the overall wellbeing of our remote Indigenous communities.

“This funding addresses a broad range of needs, from security and studio upgrades, to kitchen, office and storeroom improvements.

“We’re committed to nurturing both established and emerging Indigenous artists from remote South Australia who make a critical contribution to the thriving multiculturalism we enjoy in our state.

“Our Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery, which will be established at Lot Fourteen, means there will be a hub to display their work in the centre of the city, attracting international tourism, showcasing our proud Indigenous history and bolstering our economy.

“We need to ensure that our state’s Indigenous culture is showcased to the world, so that the work being done by local South Australian artists gets the recognition it deserves.