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MEDIA RELEASE               19 October  2021


The Barkly Regional Deal’s Local Community Projects Fund Paints a Bigger Picture for Wutunugurra Artists  

 


The re-birth of a beloved existing space is taking place on Friday 22 October 2021, fulfilled by the $230,000 upgrade of the Wutunugurra (Epenarra) Art Centre. This project was initiated by the Wutunugurra Local Authority and funded by the Barkly Regional Deal’s Local Community Projects Fund.
Until now, the Wutunugurra community has been without adequate and comfortable space for people to gather, create art and pass on cultural knowledge to younger generations. There are many people of Wutunugurra who are accomplished artists, with their stories and talents shared through artworks purchased and displayed right around Australia.
The Wutunugurra Local Authority pushed hard to upgrade the existing Wutunugurra Art Centre at Local Authority meetings. After a successful application for a Barkly Regional Deal Local Community Projects Fund Grant, that vision was finally realised.

The grant has been used for the repair and upgrade of the existing demountable building that was used for the storage of art materials and artists’ computer records in Wutunugurra. The upgrade has been built onto the demountable and created an attractive and practical art studio with air conditioning, toilet and shower facilities, and a kitchen. This newly created community space project - managed by the Barkly Regional Council - will allow the talented multi-generational artists in Wutunugurra to work alongside each other in comfort, passing down knowledge and skills to younger artists and taking inspiration from each other’s work. It will also provide a home base for artist workshops offered by Barkly Regional Arts and professional studio space for visitors to the community to drop into.
“It is great to see the successful completion of one of the first Local Community Projects Fund applications and we look forward to many more” says Ben Campion, the Executive Officer of the Barkly Regional Deal Backbone Team.
Local Northern Territory business MPH Projects was awarded the contract to carry out the design and construction of this project, which is now complete. The official opening will be on Friday 22 October 2021 at lunch time, 12:00pm. All are invited to come share in this small part of history.
The Local Community Projects Fund is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Northern Territory Government, and Barkly Regional Council as one of the 28 initiatives under the Barkly Regional Deal. Grant guidelines and application forms are available online at www.barklyregionaldeal.com.au/resources. For further information email reception@barkly.nt.gov.au or call 08-8962 0000.

Wutunugurra Art Centre nearing completion
 
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