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 www.arts.gov.au/indig 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.