May 20, 2013

3D studio for local Indigenous artists

Local and visiting artists in South Hedland will benefit from a new 3D art studio which will form part of the town’s first dedicated space for Indigenous artists.

Form Contemporary Craft and Design Inc. will receive almost $500,000 for a 3D art studio, a feature walkway and carpark as part of the $1.3 million Spinifex Hill Art Studio project.

Announcing the funding at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery today, Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said the new studio would address a specific community need and provide artists with a modern and professional work environment.

“This dedicated space will support up and coming and established Indigenous artists in their professional development. It will provide a unique space for these artists to develop their creativity, engage in new art mediums and experience their rich culture first hand,” he said.

This project will boost jobs locally, creating 29 jobs during construction and sustaining a further 30 after its completion.

“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for the community over the longer term. It will mean local employment as well as a modern, well-resourced space for artists to work and share their talents,” Mr Albanese said.

Across Australia, 79 projects are receiving funding under Round Three of the Regional Development Australia Fund.

“The latest round of regional funding builds on our record $14 billion for community projects and continues our long-term investment in local communities including in health and hospitals, higher education, the NBN and infrastructure,” Mr Albanese said.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au