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Aboriginal Arts Program 2016

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced funding of more than $32 000 to Aboriginal Artists in Tasmania through Arts Tasmania's grants program.

The Aboriginal Arts Program invests in contemporary Aboriginal arts, traditional arts, craft and cultural practices as they continue to develop in Tasmania. This year's recipients will share cultural and contemporary histories through their arts practice through a range of exciting projects.

The following artists have received investment through the Aboriginal Arts program for projects starting in 2016:

  • Launceston visual artist, Brigitte Wolfe will receive funding to develop a new body of work for her first Tasmanian solo exhibition in 2017.
  • Hobart based water colourist, Janice Ross will receive funding to undertake a body of work to create a series of water colour paintings of dual-named cultural sites across Tasmania for an exhibition in 2017.
  • Hobart based singer/song writer, Kalana Norton will receive funding to undertake a two-week professional development workshop at the Country Music Academy of Australia.
  • Burnie based printmaker, Richard Griffiths will receive funding to record family histories of those living on the Burra Bee Dee mission at Coonabarabran. These stories will be translated into a series of prints for exhibition in 2017.
  • Forcett based visual artist Warren Mason will receive funding to extend his arts practice by undertaking a skills mentorship with printmaker John Robinson.
  • Burnie based painter Cheryl Ransom will receive funding to develop a new body of work exploring cultural sites between Rocky Cape and Preminghana for an exhibition in 2017.
  • Hobart based emerging artist Grace Williams will receive funding to undertake a skills development mentorship working with renowned artist Ben Kluss also known as Jamin.
  • The Cygnet Folk Festival will receive funding to bring Aboriginal musician, Ronnie Summers and songwriter, Dyan Summers from the Furneaux Islands to perform at the 34th Cygnet Folk Festival in 2016.

Click here for more information about Arts Tasmania's Aboriginal Arts Program.