25 July 2023

Indigenous art centres to receive funding from Queensland government

| Sarah Martin
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Moa Arts' Solomon Booth at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair last week.

Moa Arts’ Solomon Booth at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair last week.

OFTEN the hub of many remote communities, Indigenous art centres serve an important role which has been recognised with a boost of nearly $2 million from the state government.

Queensland art centres are now eligible for up to $222,000 in extra funding per year.

Moa Arts in the Torres Strait is one of 17 Indigenous art centres that is helping preserve and strengthen cultural traditions.

“We take pride in our culture, in our stories, and the work we do to keep everyone strong. (The funding) helps us create economic opportunities for people in our community, build the skills we need and share our stories,” said Moa Arts chair Solomon Booth.

“The important thing about this investment is that it brings culture and economic opportunity together, and there is great strength in that for us.

“It also lets us market our work and share it with audiences and buyers from across the country and across the world.”

Moa Arts is renowned for its limited edition lino prints and etchings, works on paper, woven baskets and bags and traditional island-style jewellery.

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