The Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre will continue its operations after a boost from the Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.
24 February 2022

Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre in Queensland is a not-for-profit community hub providing a safe creative space for Indigenous artists to earn extra income, sell their works, access training and maintain their strong connection to Country.

The centre is renowned for its ghost net sculptures made from dumped plastic fishing nets and other recycled materials. The eye-catching sculptures represent the Indigenous artists' totems. Other art forms created at the centre include paintings, prints and wood carvings.

The centre was hit hard during COVID-19 travel restrictions which greatly affected tourist visitor numbers, forced the closure of galleries and reduced sales.

The CHART program support will assist in their recovery in practical ways, including:

  • cataloguing artefacts and artwork
  • installing wifi
  • providing youth engagement and cultural programs.

The $3 million CHART program assists community arts and cultural organisations, including museums, galleries and historical societies, to bounce back from the impact of COVID-19 and aims to promote domestic tourism into regional parts of Australia.

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is delivering the program on behalf of the Australian Government.

Eligible arts, cultural and heritage organisations delivering projects in regional Australia are encouraged to apply before the CHART program closes on 29 April 2022.

To learn how the Office for the Arts supports the Indigenous visual arts industry through other programs and initiatives, visit the Indigenous Arts and Languages page.

Two Indigenous artists stand on a beach with their large ghost net sculptures of fish and turtles made from illegally dumped fishing nets and other rubbish.

Story image courtesy of the Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre.