New Peak Body for Aboriginal Art Centres

New Peak Body for Aboriginal Art Centres

Gemma Robins

Country Arts WA has achieved a major milestone with the launch of a new corporation, the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub Western Australia (AACHWA).

Aboriginal art centres are now collectively represented through the creation of the organisation, which first started five years ago as a project of Country Arts WA. It is now is a fully fledged Aboriginal-governed peak body, who launched its incorporation last month during Revealed.

AACHWA board

L-R: Debbie Millard (Treasurer), Charmaine Green (Deputy Chair), Paul Rosair, Clarrie Cameron, Loreen Samson, Kado Muir (Chair), Christina Araujo and Ezzard Flowers.

AACHWA’s role is to support the development and growth of WA’s Aboriginal visual arts sector. They observe, comment on and shape what’s happening in the industry both in WA and on a national scale, and are encouraging all remote Aboriginal Art Centres in WA to join as members.

By becoming member of AACHWA, Aboriginal art centres in WA will receive services and support in training, recruitment networking, communication, IT, advocacy,promotional exposure and more. These resources have already opened up many new opportunities for WA’s Aboriginal art centres, which typically operate in remote and regional locations often with limited, infrastructure, facilities and funding.

Currently AACHWA members include:
• Martumili Artists
• Mungart Boodja Art Centre
• Tjukurba Gallery
• Wirnda Barna Artists
• Yamaji Art
• Roebourne Art Group
• Spinifex Arts Project
• Walkatjurra Cultural Centre

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