I am pleased to announce a grant by the Australia-Indonesia Institute,
which will give Australian and international audiences on-line access
to one of the richest resources of Indonesian textiles.
The grant of $47,000 will go to the National Gallery of Australia
for the digitisation and creation of a dedicated website of the
Gallery's famous collection of 1200 Indonesian textiles. The website
will provide access for students, scholars, museum staff and the
general public to Indonesia's most important living artistic tradition.
It will allow the Gallery's recent acquisition of over 400 Indonesian
textiles from the famous Holmgren-Spertus private collection to
be appreciated by much wider audience.
This project will create an ongoing facility, which will be able
to be upgraded and enhanced in the future as the textile collection
and related scholarship grows. Work on the project will commence
this month and will be completed within twelve months.
Media enquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 / Lyndall
Sachs (Departmental) 02 6261 1555