Summary of projects 2015-2016

About This Project

Gunawirra, NSW

Funding to extend regional assistance for pre-school children suffering trauma – provides counselling, therapy and art activities. The program is developed and administered by Indigenous artist and consultant Graham Toomey alongside Gunawirra’s experienced and trained child art therapists in Sydney and three country towns.


Thancoupie’s Bursary Fund, Cairns, QLD

Two bursaries for young adults from Western Cape York to train further in the arts beyond their communities.


Beyond Empathy HOMETruths, NSW

The Beyond Empathy team develop life stories with elders and women of Moree. HOMEtruths is a community arts project that involves 4 artists working with Aboriginal women in Moree to break the silence on domestic violence. Photographer Raphaela Rosella and Indigenous artists Cathy Craigie (writer), Bibi Barba (visual artist) and David Leha (musician) will record stories and create music, songs, photographic portraits and paintings with the women.


Reading Out of Poverty, Geelong, VIC

Funding to enable Reading Out of Poverty to partner with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong to provide early literacy support (literacy resources including indigenous children’s books) to 150 Indigenous children and their parents in the Geelong community through a school program as well as home visits.


WAAPA Aboriginal Student Support Funds, Perth, WA

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) offers a unique one-year VET performance course for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. These students often require a high degree of pastoral care to complete the course and some students need to access emergency support during the year. The WAAPA Aboriginal Student Support Fund provides this emergency relief – often for medical bills, accommodation, transport, or food.


Books and Boots, Tiwi Islands, NT

Books and Boots will provide and distribute football boots to school children attending school consistently in many NT communities. As well as boots for kids, the schools participating are provided with a substantial number of appropriate free books to assist literacy and hold the children’s interest. This grant will enable the program to cover the Tiwi Islands’ four schools and will assist a Tiwi elder to provide management and delivery of the books and boots via his own boat business.


Ngoombi Community Indigenous Services, Kuranda, Far North, QLD

The Kuranda community, situated in the rainforests close to Cairns is developing a program of revival of traditional knowledge through sessions with elders having skills and knowledge and younger members of the community. Basketry, weaving and carving skills are being taught.

2015-2016, Past