Government has announced the 2018–19 recipients for the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program. This includes funding committed in previous years through multi-year grant agreements.
The IVAIS funding will assist with the operational costs for more than 80 Indigenous owned art centres and support a number of art fairs, regional hubs and service organisations across Australia that are at the heart of Australia's internationally renowned Indigenous visual arts movement.
In 2018–19, IVAIS will support 91 Indigenous arts organisations including two new organisations:
Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation in the Northern Territory, to provide services to visual artists through Walkatjara Art.
Badimia Land Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia, to provide visual arts services to artists based on Badimia and Wadjarri country.
The program will also support six new Indigenous arts worker positions, including at Iltja Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Girringun Arts in Cardwell, Queensland.
IVAIS supports a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry and enables Indigenous Australian artists to create new art, earn income, develop professional skills and connect to the art market.
The program supports the employment of more than 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and provides opportunities for more than 7,000 artists.