Arts officer engaged to support indigenous art endeavours throughout the region

MP Barnaby Joyce chats with Lorrayne Fishenden, who has been engaged by Arts North West Inc to deliver services to Indigenous visual artists under new funding from the federal government.
MP Barnaby Joyce chats with Lorrayne Fishenden, who has been engaged by Arts North West Inc to deliver services to Indigenous visual artists under new funding from the federal government.

Arts North West Inc is receiving $80,000 to engage Aboriginal arts officer Lorrayne Fishenden to deliver services to Indigenous visual artists based in the New England North West region.

MP Barnaby Joyce announced the new funding from the federal government's Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program.

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"We're lucky to have a wealth of Indigenous history right here on our doorstep, so it's important to maintain those cultural links not only for local Indigenous people but for the future generations of all Australians," Mr Joyce said.

"This funding will be invaluable to help local Indigenous artists realise their potential in the New England North West."

Arts North West executive director Caroline Downer was delighted to receive funding from the Federal Government.

"This will support and foster Aboriginal artists in the New England North West by engaging Lorrayne Fishenden and 2 Rivers Pty Ltd to implement the NENW Aboriginal Arts Strategy," Mrs Downer said.

"This supports strong participation by Aboriginal artists in a professional, sustainable visual arts industry including exhibitions, art fairs, professional and skills development through mentoring and workshops, online resource development and networking opportunities.

"The strategy focuses on training and resources to inform investment and best practice that will result in positive outcomes for the region by strengthening capacities for self-determination, transmission of culture to future generations and increasing sustainable career pathways through arts and cultural pursuits.

"Arts North West is looking forward to consulting and working with the Aboriginal community to develop and coordinate a strategic regional approach to deliver a strong regional Aboriginal arts and cultural sector."

The local investment formed part of $49 million in funding that will flow to Australia's world-renowned Indigenous arts sector through the IVAIS program, providing new opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and supporting a professional and viable visual arts industry.

The government's IVAIS program provides annual funding through an open competitive grants process and through targeted funding opportunities, supporting about 8000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and 500 Indigenous arts workers.

The funding announced was in addition to $7 million of support for Indigenous artists and arts centres through the Relief and Recovery Fund COVID-19 package announced on April 9.

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