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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2518 ..


artsACT has recently contracted a range of local organisations to deliver projects as part of the Creative Recovery and Resilience program. Each contract included Key Performance Indicators designed to ensure diversity of artists and arts workers involved in the projects.

b) artsACT engaged with the Arts Network to develop a culturally appropriate application process for the Creative-in-Residence project. This project is part of the Creative Recovery and Resilience Program. One of the three residences to be offered will be identified for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist. The application process will be evaluated, and the learnings will ensure that future applications for artsACT funding programs are accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

c) The position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Officer (now Assistant Director – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts Engagement) was created and filled in January 2019. The role was vacated in September 2020. The position has been reviewed in consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Network, and a recruitment process is currently underway.

d) New infrastructure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts communities is being developed through the Kingston Arts Precinct. The precinct includes a new purpose-built facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural activities including a gallery, multipurpose space for exhibitions and performances, workshop space, studio and drop-in space.

e) Preliminary project planning is underway and will include support for community-driven projects and showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts activities. This will be guided by the Arts Network’s Program Principles.

f) Key examples of the ACT Government’s support and promotion of Traditional Custodians’ art and culture has been demonstrated through its commissioning of a major public artwork from Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians for the new Government Buildings at Civic and Dickson. Additional planning has commenced between the Ngunnawal communities and the Public Art Provider, who will work to develop capacity, and Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians to scale up work for the public domain.

A pilot program for new areas of activity with Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians was co-designed in 2020 with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Network and is detailed in question 4. This program was delayed due to COVID-19 in the first instance and then due to limited resourcing within artsACT, following the vacation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Officer Position (retitled Assistant Director – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts Engagement).

g) Preliminary project planning is underway and will include support for community-driven projects and showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts activities. This will be guided by the Arts Network’s Program Principles. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts will be showcased at exhibitions such as Heart Strong in July-August 2021 and NAIDOC in the North in October 2021 at the artsACT-funded Belconnen Arts Centre.

(6) The latest progress report on Outcomes and Actions Table for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Action Plan is at Attachment A.


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