Indigenous artists unite

ABORIGINAL artist Bindi Waugh is right behind the formation of an indigenous arts collective for Central Queensland. Gladstone-based Ms Waugh said the Indigenous Art Mob Central would act as an independent body to represent Aboriginal artists.

"It's something we've been talking about for 12 months or so," she said.

"We're hoping to have a representative body for indigenous artists in Central Queensland, which is driven by the artists themselves. Then we hope to be able to facilitate all these outlying places like Cherbourg, which is out from Kingaroy and Wooroobinda, inland of Rocky.

"We're hoping to get funding to actually go into these communities."

A meeting was held in Bundaberg at the recent Artspoken festival. Ms Waugh said the people who would form the mob's core group were decided on. They include former rugby league player turned artist Sid Domic.

Ms Waugh said the organisation's formation would give indigenous artists access to more opportunities, particularly funding.



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