Thursday Island’s Gab Titui Cultural Centre will embark on a national tour showcasing Torres Strait Island masks to a national audience.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the ‘Evolution: Torres Strait Masks’ tour was an amazing opportunity for Australians to learn about the rich and vibrant culture of the Torres Strait.
“I am pleased to announce Gab Titui Cultural Centre has received $158,457 through the latest round of funding under the government’s Visions of Australia Program,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Gab Titui Culture Centre is a world-class organisation that plays an important and vital role in documenting and showcasing Torres Strait Islander culture.
“This tour will provide an important professional development opportunity for Gab Titui Cultural Centre and an opportunity to promote indigenous knowledge and Torres Strait Islander artwork to national audiences.”
Federal Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield said the Turnbull Government will provide more than $1.3 million to nine projects through the latest funding round.
He said the program would help increase access to quality Australian arts and cultural activities in regional and remote areas.
“These projects will help to promote our talented Australian artists and give regional audiences the opportunity to experience a diverse range of art forms that might not otherwise be available in their area,” Minister Fifield said.
“The Visions of Australia program also encourages curatorial and financial partnerships across the collections sector, helping to strengthen employment and training opportunities.”
The Government provides around $2.4 million per year through the Visions of Australia program which is delivered over two rounds.
The program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.