Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann today announced over $23,000 in grants, the first for the Canberra electorate as part of the Centenary of ANZAC local grants program.
“The Centenary of ANZAC local grants program is a wonderful initiative to support community based projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War,” Ms Brodtmann said.
Canberra Glassworks will use a $19,466 grant to present a special exhibition, Protecting Country: 1300 and Counting, inspired by the remarkable stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in the First World War, alongside Maori soldiers.
The exhibition will include works by Maori artists Te Rongo Kirkwood and Wi Taepa, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Indigenous Textiles and Glass Artists group, led by Jenni Kemarre Martiniello and Lyndy Delian.
“This is such an important project. It uncovers the stories of those who defied - not just deceived white authority - but outright defied it to protect country, as a right not a privilege that some other authority could withhold. It attests to their determination and strength as warriors,” Ms Kemarre Martiniello said.
The artists will work with Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer at the Australian War Memorial to explore the collections of the Australian War Memorial and other archives to inspire their work.
Protecting Country: 1300 and Counting, will be presented at Canberra Glassworks from 22 April - 4 June 2015.
Ms Brodtmann also announced a $2,500 grant to the Street Theatre for its production The Home Front, and a $1,100 grant to the Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch to provide a copy of the book Mud, Blood and Tears to all ACT schools. Mud Blood and Tears is an annotated list of children’s books about war and conflict published by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
A total of $125,000 in grants will be announced this year for the Canberra electorate as part of the Centenary of ANZAC local grants program.
The grants were assessed by a panel that included representatives from the ACT War Widows’ Guild, the Woden Valley RSL, the Vietnam Veterans Association of the ACT and local cadet unit TS Canberra.