Young indigenous children benefit from community grants scheme

Friday, 20 April

A group of young children from Goonellabah, showcased their work to friends and family at the Lismore Regional Gallery yesterday, as part of the Art Dreaming Project.

The Art Dreaming Project run by Red Inc. through the In-School Support program is a three day workshop held in the school holidays for young indigenous children.

The program aims to assist with the development of children and their families in the local community, by working with students to increase their social skills, ensure participation and inclusion, provide new experiences and model behaviours.

Red Inc. were recipients of a $5,500 community grant from the 2017/18 Lismore City Council Annual Community Grants Scheme to run the project.

Local artists who took part in the workshop were Michael Philp, Sean Spencer, Jesse Mackintosh and representatives from the Back Alley Gallery.

Through these local artists, the children got to experience a range of artistic practices including: badge making, drawing, song writing, stencilling, collage, painting and creating stencils for street art.

Red Inc. In-School Support Coordinator, Fiona Barrett said “We wanted to do something for the kids that would include the parents and utilise the gallery space. This program has helped build their self-esteem and made them aware of artistic opportunities in the community.”

“The Community Grants Scheme has enabled us to hire professional artists, and gain their input into our projects, helping us to learn about different cultures. We have built links with Lismore City Council, the artists and the Goonellabah community,” Fiona Barrett said.

The Annual Community Grants Scheme provides grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations that wish to undertake worthwhile community projects or activities in the Lismore Local Government Area.

Applications for the 2018/19 Annual Community Grants Scheme are open until 4 May. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in June.

For further information, instructions for applicants and the online application form, visit


Image: Participants of the Art Dreaming Project, Lismore Regional Gallery, which received a $5,500 community grant in 2017/18.

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