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Grants round supports WA's indigenous artists ~ DCA
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Grants round supports WA's indigenous artists

08 Jan 2013

The State Government has awarded indigenous arts organisations and artists $116,989 in grants through the Department of Culture and the Arts to assist with a range of projects.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said today that 10 projects had been provided funding through the Indigenous Arts Grant Program, including exhibitions, theatrical performances, festivals, traditional and contemporary dance, metal casting and on-line audition skills.

“Examples of projects the grants have been awarded to include the Jilinbirri Weavers from Carnarvon who will work with contemporary jeweller Helena Bogucki for a 10-month mentorship program in small object design and metal casting,” Mr Day said.

“Following the program, the weavers will visit Melbourne where their weaving designs will be cast in bronze and aluminium, with the final works to be exhibited in Carnarvon and Denham.

“Gudirr Gudirr, a dance, aerial and multimedia work by Marrugeku’s co-artistic director

Dalisa Pigram and Yawuru Law man Patrick Dodson, will tour to Melbourne for the Dance Massive, the biennial festival of the best Australian contemporary dance.

“In addition Western Australian playwrights David Milroy, Semsah Bin Saad, Jub Clark and Irma Woods will participate in the 2013 Yellamundie Playwriting Festival, culminating in rehearsed readings attended by major theatre companies and agents.”

All applications to the Indigenous Arts Grant Program are peer assessed by members of the indigenous arts sector, including practising artists, arts managers and individuals with relevant knowledge and experience.

The funding allocated in this round is for projects starting after January 1, 2013.

For more information on the Department of Culture and the Arts grants programs visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding/dca-grants

Indigenous Arts Grant Program recipients

Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre, Carnarvon ($20,303): The Jilinbirri Weavers will work with contemporary jeweller Helena Bogucki for a 10-month mentorship program to develop skills in small object design and metal casting. The weavers will work with Ms Bogucki in Carnarvon and visit the Coates and Wood Fine Art Foundry in Melbourne where their intricate woven designs, patterning and objects will be cast in bronze and aluminium. An exhibition of the work will be held at the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre in Carnarvon and the Shark Bay World Heritage and Discovery Centre in Denham.

Brian McNamara, Camillo ($4,000): This grant assists with a solo exhibition of the artist’s paperbark works at Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle.

Kellerberrin Aboriginal Progress Association, Kellerberrin ($10,000): The Keela Dreaming Cultural Festival will be held in March 2013 to showcase Noongar culture through the presentation of indigenous art and craft, traditional and contemporary dance, music, storytelling and bush tucker tasting.

Desert Feet Inc, Leeming ($13,500): Indigenous performers, Candice Dempsey and Patrick Davies, will join the April 2013 Desert Feet tour to nine remote communities in the Pilbara and Mid-West for a series of workshops in writing music, performance and recording to young people.

Performing Lines Limited (WA), Perth ($17,251): Auspiced through Performing Lines, Western Australian playwrights David Milroy, Semsah Bin Saad, Jub Clark and Irma Woods will participate in the 2013 Yellamundie Playwriting Festival. They will each work with a dramaturge, director and cast to develop their work selected for inclusion in the festival. This will culminate in rehearsed readings attended by major theatre companies and agents.

Marrugeku Inc, Broome ($10,000): Dance work Gudirr Gudirr will be toured to Melbourne for the Dance Massive, the biennial festival of the best Australian contemporary dance, a showcase event for national and international presenters. Gudirr Gudirr is a dance, aerial and multimedia work, conceived by Marrugeku’s co-artistic director Dalisa Pigram and Yawuru Law man Patrick Dodson.

NAIDOC Perth Inc, Perth ($5,180): NAIDOC Perth will promote Aboriginal artists at the 2013 Survival Perth Concert and NAIDOC Perth opening ceremony. The survival concert aims to promote reconciliation by presenting indigenous performers to a wider, multi-cultural audience.

Pinjarra Katijin, Pinjarra ($7,000): The Mungah Festival is in its second year and aims to re-ignite old traditions and bring Aboriginal people together in the Bindjareb region as well as providing an opportunity for the wider community to join a celebration of Aboriginal culture.

Bunuba Films Pty Ltd, Mundaring ($8,405): A three-day workshop to be held in Fitzroy Crossing, providing six Bunuba actors who have emerged from the play Jandamarra with portfolios and skills to undertake online auditions, which are fast becoming standard practice in the industry.

Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Fitzroy Crossing ($21,300): Melbourne urban Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie will be an artist in residence at Mangkaja Arts. Mr Rennie will teach the artists how to use a variety of contemporary mediums to assist them to diversify their work, including stencil linocuts, image projection, installation and photography

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