Arts North West has been successful in securing $15,000 from the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund through Arts NSW for a project to rediscover Aboriginal mark-making traditions from the New England North West region.

Making Old Markings New is a project developed to support professional and skills development of four Anaiwan and Kamilaroi artists, observed and supported by a Kamilaroi Elder and an Aboriginal Project Manager, to re-connect and re-build their regional cultural identity. The artists will work with experts at two museums in Sydney - the Australian Museum and the Macleay Museum as well as the University of New England to explore objects and mark making traditions from the New England North West, and to visit Rock Art sites in the New England. It will culminate in an e-resource and mini-exhibition that will help community artists to apply this rediscovered knowledge to their professional contemporary arts practice.

Our artists involved in this project are committed to developing their knowledge and dedicated to showing anew the richness and strength of culture in their work and to share their journey and discoveries in an appropriate way through the correct protocols.