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Warrnambool Art Gallery

WAG Receives Grant

WAG Receives Grant

Warrnambool Art Gallery

WAG Initiative Receives Funding Boost

A Warrnambool Art Gallery initiative that supports the involvement of Aboriginal girls in arts and entrepreneurship has been awarded a $50,000 Victorian Government grant.

The Ngatook Collective, a project designed to engage and immerse young Aboriginal girls in First Nations’ culture whilst developing life-long and practical skills received the grant through the Office for Women.

In announcing the grant, Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams said the government was committed to promoting and achieving gender equity across Victoria.

“The Ngatook Collective reflects a real commitment to ensuring that women and girls in Victoria have access to equal resources and opportunities, and that their voices, ideas and work are equally valued,” Minister Williams said.

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WAG Director Vanessa Gerrans welcomed the funding and said the project would be delivered with the support of local Aboriginal leaders.

“Ngatook means ‘myself’ in the local Peek Wooroong language and this project seeks to reaffirm Aboriginal culture and identity while giving participants a sense of what is possible in the creative industries,” Ms Gerrans said.

“Through a range of activities and programs in partnership with professional facilitators, participants will develop their entrepreneurial and design skills to create a product.

“This program will be supported at all times by strong, female leaders from the Aboriginal community who will foster a sense of pride and ownership in traditional and local Aboriginal culture.

"The grant allows us to offer the program across the South West and we’ll talk to schools, communities and organisations on how to best support interested students.”

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