Telstra Chooses Kimberley Change Makers – Broom Advertiser

Warmun Art Centre gallery manager Stephanie Rajalingam, Gija artist Kathy Ramsay, chairman Gabriel Nodea and iBase accountant Joel Duffy accepting their award for social change maker. Picture: Supplied

East Kimberley residents have been urged to get behind a local not-for-profit and cast their vote in a national people’s choice award.

Warmun Art Centre is one of 32 businesses from around Australia who are in the mix for the people’s choice award to be announced at the national Telstra Business Awards on November 21, where it has also been also nominated in the social change maker category.

WAC gallery manager Stephanie Rajalingam said being recognised at the business award helps their artists centre tell their stories and advocate to a wider audience.

“We are already incredibly satisfied with the recent victory, and it’s an honour to be recognised as one of the best agents of social change in our state,” she said.

“Our work is not only about Visual Arts but to serve the Gija community in multiple ways including the sustainable maintenance of Gija Culture, creating opportunities for remote Aboriginal arts workers and working together with our industry peers in keeping culture strong,” she said.

“If we were to win a people’s choice award or a national award on top of that we hope it would shine the spotlight on all Indigenous community owned and controlled Art Centres and our industry, which is full of incredibly talented and resilient people!”

This year the State finalists were chosen from a field of 21,000 nominations.

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