Indigenous art in the Northern Rivers district has received a boost from the Federal Government.

Arts Northern Rivers, based at Alstonville, has received $25,000 in Federal funding to upgrade facilities for local Indigenous artists.

The grant is part of $1.6 million worth of additional funding announced today by Arts Minister, Peter Garrett.

The grants are:

  • In New South Wales: $25,000 to Arts Northern Rivers, Alstonville, to upgrade arts facilities for local Indigenous artists
  • In South Australia: $138,500 to assist Tjala Arts at Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands to construct a new art centre
  • In Western Australia: $50,000 for Martumili Artists in the East Pilbara to upgrade its art centre by providing essential staff accommodation
  • In the Northern Territory: $250,000 for the Ikuntji Community Inc at Haasts Bluff to extend and improve the infrastructure of their growing arts centre
  • In Queensland: $65,000 for the Bynoe Community Advancement Co-operative in Normanton to build work space for an extra 25 artists
  • In Victoria: $25,000 to enable East Gippsland Aboriginal Art Co-operative, Bairnsdale to deliver governance training and professional development for artists.

Mr Garrett said the $1.6 million funding was part of the Government’s $7.6 million election commitment to strengthen the Indigenous arts industry which is being delivered through the National Arts and Craft Industry Support (NACIS) program.

Visit for information on projects supported in this funding round and in coming months to view the details of the successful applicants for 2008–09 NACIS funding.