Member for Durack Melissa Price today welcomed the Australian Government’s support for cultural institutions to develop and tour cultural exhibitions across Australia.
“I am pleased to announce the Western Australian Museum has received $261,949 to tour their Lustre: Pearling and Australia which explores Australia’s pearling story,” Ms Price said.
“The exhibition will visit the Western Australian Museum Geraldton in 2019, giving local audiences the opportunity to experience this outstanding exhibition in their home towns.”
Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield said more than $1.6 million to develop and tour cultural exhibitions at 76 venues across Australia through the Visions of Australia program.
The funding will support seven touring exhibitions which include a look at the history of medicine at sea from the 18th century and an exhibition highlighting contemporary art from the Tiwi Islands.
Funding will also support the development of two travelling exhibitions based on the television series Bush Mechanics and handmade craft practices in Australia.
The funded projects will reach more than 76 venues, 49 of which are in regional and remote locations, showcasing the cultural diversity and creativity of Australia.
Many partnerships, such as that between the Western Australian Museum and the Yawuru Aboriginal people of West Kimberley to explore Australia’s pearling story, will create long lasting benefits including professional development opportunities and curatorial exchange.
Through the Visions of Australia program, audiences have the opportunity to engage with stories and collections from across Australia and our history.