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Funding for arts

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

Board member Cathy Farry (left) provides some materials to Parkes MP Mark Coulton as he gets involved in the community weave at West Darling Arts. PICTURE: Myles Burt Board member Cathy Farry (left) provides some materials to Parkes MP Mark Coulton as he gets involved in the community weave at West Darling Arts. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Plans are being drawn up at West Darling Arts after they received $150,000 through the latest round of Indigenous Languages and Arts Program funding.

The funding will be used to create a year-long project involving aboriginal artists along The Barka aka The Darling River.

“The big important part of it is telling stories,” Board member Cathy Farry said.

“They might be traditional dreamtime stories, or they could be stories of growing up on the river”

The project will work alongside Screen Broken Hill to film and document aboriginal stories across the Darling River.

West Darling Arts will be holding woodcarving, dance, music and print workshops as a part of the exhibition.

Ms Farry said there will be some careful curating around the artworks to fit the large project into their small venue.

“Particularly so people can see what people have made locally,” she said.

West Darling Arts greatly appreciated having been chosen for the crucial funding that was able to make their indigenous arts project possible.

“Wouldn’t be able to do it without it,” Ms Farry said.

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