A focus on Place
While there may be similar issues, the landscape, history, make-up of the population, its location and many more factors mean every place is different. So too are the responses to the issues and opportunities.
We work hard to understand each place – how it operates, what’s important, what brings people together, their achievements, their challenges. We want to help create a stronger sense of place, allowing people to celebrate vibrant cultures, encourage self-generation, and improve access to sustainable social and physical infrastructure.
That’s why there are flexible programs, like Strengthening Rural Communities, which can fund diverse local priorities. We support projects that aim to inspire and connect, encouraging community conversations and learning through workshops and capacity building activities, and place-focused collaborations.
By supporting these kinds of initiatives, we believe that we can strengthen the social, cultural and economic fabric of remote, rural and regional Australia.
Injalak Arts celebrates contemporary culture in Gunbalanya
The traditional owners of Gunbalanya is the Gumurdul family who allow Injalak to operate on their land and are actively supportive of the art centre.
Gunbalunya’s Injalak Arts centre in West Arnhem Land supports over 350 Indigenous Kunwinjku artists and, pre-COVID, welcomed thousands of tourists visit every year.
With COVID restrictions meaning no visitors allowed, Injalak Arts ran a two-week music workshop and a week-long live video production workshop to enable local artists to demonstrate their creative expertise and talents, as well as developing new skills in live television production.
This involved song recording contributions from local musicians, and coaching and mentoring for eight members of a newly formed Media Unit.
A $10,000 Strengthening Rural Communities grant, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, enabled Injalak Arts to pay artist and consultation fees to the Indigenous Australians who led the workshops.