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Northern Territory grants open doors for artists

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Grants are currently being offered in the Northern Territory to fund the purchase, transportation, and installation of equipment for the production, exhibition, marketing, and sale of artworks.

Priority will be given to arts organisations and art centres owned by Aboriginal communities in regional and remote areas of the Territory.

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Eastern Arrernte and Gurindji man Chansey Paech, said the grants will allow arts organisations and artists to get the equipment they need to help them make a living from their creativity.

"We're proud to invest in the Territory's thriving arts sector and these grants are another example of our commitment to seeing the sector grow and prosper," he said.

The grants aim to enhance the capabilities of arts and cultural facilities in the Territory, ultimately creating more avenues for artists and arts organisations to generate income through the creation and sale of artworks.

By covering the expenses of necessary equipment, artists will be able to produce a wider range of high-quality art pieces while also ensuring workplace safety and accessibility.

Examples of equipment that can be purchased include, tools for sculpture and carving, tools for preparing canvas stretchers, kilns and pottery wheels, cameras and video recorders for documenting or creating artwork; as well as microphones, amplifiers and musical instruments, software and hardware for music recording and production, sound and lighting equipment and fittings for galleries, stages and amphitheatres and furniture for storing and displaying artworks.

Art equipment grants are available for equipment that caters to work health and safety requirements, provides accessible facilities for artists, and covers transportation and installation expenses.

The deadline for applying for Art Equipment Grants is 31 May 2024, or until the budget is fully utilised.

More information and applications are available online.

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