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Investing in Culture and Local Jobs: Katherine’s Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft Design Tender Open

Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft in Katherine is one step closer in its transformation today, with the design tender release as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $30 million Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension Program.

The $2 million investment in the art centre will enhance the gallery, artists’ studio and retail spaces. It will also improve office and storage facilities and enhance the energy efficiency and amenities of the building.

The upgrades will support 14 jobs throughout the project and boost the economic potential of Mimi Arts, providing more opportunities for local artists.

Investment in our art and cultural facilities is critical at this time to help prepare local businesses for the rebound once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft will be well placed to further showcase the Aboriginal art and culture of the region and provide engaging experiences for visitors when they can visit again.

The project is progressing in consultation with local stakeholders including the Mimi Ngarrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation Board.

The Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension Program is being rolled out across Katherine, Tennant Creek and Arnhem Land following targeted consultation.

For further information on the Territory Labor Government’s arts and cultural investment visit creativeeconomy.nt.gov.au

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“To ensure the art and cultural sector can rebound when the time is right, it is critical our Government continues to invest in our regions, boosting economic growth and creating jobs in regional areas.

“We want to support communities to showcase their work in the best way possible by investing in and providing support to grow our arts and cultural industry.

“Capital investment in these cultural facilities will enhance offerings and support local artists, jobs and businesses.”

Quotes from Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson MLA:

“The improvements at Mimi Arts are exciting – I can’t wait to see the design concepts as the next step in this important local project, which will mean more jobs for locals and greater opportunities for our artists.

“Our arts and cultural offerings are a major drawcard for visitors to Katherine. We are continuing to invest in our facilities so that when people can visit again, they will have a unique cultural experience and stay here longer.”

Quotes from Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft, Executive Officer, Michael Miller:

"After many years of discussions we are very excited to finally see this project coming one step closer to completion. This renovation will enable us to better showcase the diverse range of arts and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Katherine region.

"It will also provide local tradies and builders in the Katherine region jobs, especially after the COVID-19 shut down that has effected many local businesses."

Media contact - Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858