Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery receives funding ahead of assessment

ASSESSMENT: Naracoorte Art Gallery's Lesley Cook with the excellent exhibits in the gallery last year - an assessment of the gallery will be undertaken through the Australian Government's Community Heritage Grants program.
ASSESSMENT: Naracoorte Art Gallery's Lesley Cook with the excellent exhibits in the gallery last year - an assessment of the gallery will be undertaken through the Australian Government's Community Heritage Grants program.

The Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery has received a fund for an important assessment regarding the significance of its collection.

The fund was a total of $5,754.55 from the Federal Government and it will be solely used to assess the "significance" of the gallery's collection, with the assessment being undertaken through the Australian Government's Community Heritage Grants program.

This program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups, and are used to assist with the "preservation" of locally owned, but "nationally significant" collections of materials that are publicly accessible.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin described the funding as being a "boost" for the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery and those who work "tirelessly" to preserve Australia's cultural heritage.

"I am pleased to announce this funding will support the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery to conserve and display unique local objects for today's audiences and future generations," Mr Pasin said.

"The project will see the cultural value of the collection assessed by a professional historian through the historical society of South Australia."

Mr Pasin believes this funding will enable the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery to continue its "vital preservation" works.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP described the grants as being an "important" aspect of the Government's "commitment" to "safeguarding" Australian's national story through this notion.

"Cultural heritage can provide a sense of unity and belonging for Australians, and allows us to better understand previous generations and the history of where we come from," Minister Fletcher said.

A series of online workshops and tutorials to assist grant recipients were launched last year, replacing the annual on-site event at the National Library of Australia.

These newly introduced online resources will look to assist recipients in preparing the significance assessments of their collections, as well as working to provide "useful" tips and insights as a result.

"These new online resources will give grant participants the information needed to care for the incredible collections that tell so many parts of our Australian story," Minister Fletcher said.

"These grants are about building community and regional capability so that nationally significant cultural heritage materials and collections, spread across Australia, can be enjoyed for generations to come."

The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.