Artsource and Rio Tinto launch Pilbara Arts Program - Art Collector

Aileen Sandy, Colours of the Rock. Courtesy: the artist, Yinjaa-Barni Arts, and the Cossack Art Awards, Western Australia

21 August 2013 | Artsource and Rio Tinto have just launched a major three year partnership aimed at supporting Indigenous artists in the Plibara region in Western Australia.

The Pilbara Arts Program will receive substantial funding from the mining giant until 2016. It aims to support Indigenous artists in the shires of Roebourne and Ashburton through professional opportunities, structured mentoring and the establishment of an ethical work practice framework.

The program's first action will be to conduct a comprehensive community consultation with local artists, art collectives including Yinjaa-Barni art centre, and with the local shires. The findings from these consultations will underlie the eventual strategy to focus on targeted mentoring and identifying long-term professional opportunities for artists in the region.

Artsource's regional and Indigenous development manager, Ron Bradfield Jnr, stated that the partnership with Rio Tinto will be instrumental in allowing Artsource to give practical assistance to the number of talented contemporary artists in the Pilbara that may otherwise not receive support.

This partnership follows on from Artsource’s Valuing Pilbara Indigenous Art project, which Rio Tinto supported from 2008 to 2012.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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