Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced $37,100 in NSW Government funding to help deliver Re-stitching Culture, a series of doll making workshops with Indigenous textile artists.


Mr Anderson said the program will be delivered through a partnership between Tamworth Regional Council, the Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre, the University of Newcastle and two international partners and aims to pass on valuable Indigenous knowledge and skills.


“Our Indigenous culture adds to the social and cultural richness of our region which is why it’s important for us to invest in programs that will ensure that culture lives on.


“Our region is fortunate to have a vast array of Aboriginal artistic talent across art forms including visual art, dance, theatre, literature and music.


“This project will help Aboriginal people come together to share stories and ensure that the personal important stories in their families live on.”


Director of Tamworth Regional Gallery Bridget Guthrie said doll making has important meanings that translate personal and community identity.


“This practice is deeply intertwined with symbolic meanings around spirituality, rituals, family histories and communal traditions.


“Through a process of mentorship with skilled Indigenous textile artists we enhance skills and understanding within our own indigenous community.”


The project will include creating exhibitions and artwork that aim to bring the Indigenous and non-indigenous communities closer together.

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