$51,350 WEAVING A NEW STORY LINE FOR YINARR MARAMALI WORKSHOPS

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson has announced $51,350 for Tamworth-based Yinarr Maramali as one of the recipients of the NSW Government’s Creative Koori funding.

Mr Anderson said the grant is aimed at boosting the vibrant Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in this region.

“This is brilliant news and I’m very excited to see our strong Aboriginal arts organisations and cultural workers receive this support from the Government. 

“Aboriginal arts and culture plays an important role in our region, so I’m thrilled to see Yinarr Maramali receive this support.

“Yinarr Maramali's Warrabah project will employ a group of Gomeroi weavers throughout 2019 led by senior artist and weaver Amy Hammond to design and create a collaborative work.

“This project will mean a lot for local artists as it will increase employment and skills development opportunities and supporting new projects for artists across any stage of their artistic practice,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Ms Hammond said the workshop project is run by Gomeroi women in Gomeroi communities for all Aboriginal women. 

It includes a series of workshops to be held in Tamworth, Quirindi, Walhallow and Moree, teaching both traditional and contemporary weaving techniques that provides mentoring and the passing down of important local weaving knowledge for our community. 

The result of these workshops will create a collaborative artwork of a woven large scale sculpture of a Warrabah (Short Neck Turtle). Once completed, the weaving will be exhibited during ArtState Tamworth 2019 at the Tamworth Regional Gallery taking place from 31 October to 3 November.

She said Yinarr Maramali Cultural Centre is 100 per cent owned and operated by local Gomeroi women. 

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