Standing up for Canberra

PhotoAccess grant to help bring untold Canberra stories to life

Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann MP today toured the newly-upgraded Digital Literacy and Storytelling Lab at PhotoAccess in Griffith, following her commendation of the organisation for a Stronger Communities grant.

“The Stronger Communities grant program asks local groups what they want to do to help support the community, then gives them what they need to make it happen,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“Photography is everywhere. It’s how we preserve our most precious moments, how we tell our best stories and how we shape our shared memories.

“That’s why I am pleased to have helped PhotoAccess in their grant application for $5,475, which the organisation was able to match, and it’s great to see it put to good use.

“The Stronger Communities grant equipped PhotoAccess’ Digital Literacy and Storytelling lab with new computers and software, expanding its ability to help people who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, marginalisation or disadvantage to develop the digital literacy skills necessary to have their voices and stories heard.

“The Digital Literacy and Storytelling Lab upgrade will allow PhotoAccess to expand its efforts to encourage participation in schools, community groups and in classes, so that nobody’s capacity to contribute is limited by gender, geography, income or disability.

“PhotoAccess has been promoting photo-based art in Canberra for more than 30 years, through training and education, promotions and exhibitions, and offering a communal workspace, including the only publicly available black-and-white darkroom in the ACT region.

“I look forward to seeing PhotoAccess’ good work continue for many decades to come,” Ms Brodtmann said.