In 2019–20, the IVAIS program will contribute to the operations of more than 80 Indigenous art centres, as well as a number of art fairs, service organisations and regional hubs that are at the heart of Australia’s world-renowned Indigenous visual art movement. Together these organisations support more than 6,000 artists and over 300 arts workers, most in very remote Indigenous communities. Of the 94 organisations supported in 2019–20, 85% are Indigenous-owned enterprises.
Some of the 2019–20 support includes:
$40,000 for Tangentyere Arts in the Northern Territory to support Yarrenyty Arltere Artists to develop a wearable textile range that will build on their internationally recognised embroidered soft sculptures.
$30,765 for Waringarri Arts in Western Australia to expand its studio facilities to include production length tables for textile screen printing, as well as a new ceramics kiln.
$35,000 for Walkatjara Arts in the Northern Territory to engage its first part-time Indigenous arts worker to assist with running its busy studio and gallery at the cultural centre in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
$125,000 for Nagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) Designs in Western Australia to employ an Indigenous arts worker to support its expanded day to day operations and participation in national Indigenous art fairs.
The IVAIS program has provided core operational support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their art centres, mostly in remote Indigenous communities, for over 28 years.