Aboriginal Art Co is very proud to be one of the three new Indigenous Art Centres (IACs) and honoured to be a part of this strong network of organisations.
In 2021, Aboriginal Art Co was the first Brisbane-based arts organisation to receive Backing Indigenous Arts funding for the Indigenous Art Centre Launch Fund which is gave us support to help establish the Brisbane gallery and store. More recently, we have been announced as a recipient for organisational funding securing ongoing support until 2026.
Aboriginal Art Co was successful in achieving Arts Queensland support through the Indigenous Art Centre Launch Fund. This is a new two-year funding program available to Queensland-based established Indigenous Art Centres (IACs) that are already engaged in supporting First Nations artists and arts workers in professional visual arts practice.
Arts Queensland will provide financial support of $60,000 in 2021. The funding supports establishment of Indigenous Art Centres that are new to the IAC network supported through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA) initiative and exists to strengthen and enrich the IAC network in Queensland. We were funded alongside two other new IACs; Djabugay Art Centre, Kuranda and Salt Water Murries, Quandamooka. This is quite significant to have two in South East Queensland IACS, as the Backing Indigenous Arts funding has only been given to centres in Far North Queensland since 2007.
With the success of opening the doors to the Aboriginal Art Co gallery and store, we applied for four-year organisational funding. Aboriginal Art Co will receive $85,000 each year from 2022 – 2025.
This funding will allow us to employ an Indigenous manager for the gallery and store and have occasional art workshops. Running a metro retail outlet is expensive and we have a lot of overheads, so we rely heavily on sales to keep the business sustainable. We are also seeking sponsors and partners to maintain our growing trajectory and offer more support to local First Nations artists and have provide more opportunities to connect with the wider community.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Arts Queensland for believing in us and providing this extremely important seed funding.
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