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The History of Tobwabba

'Tobwabba Art' is a 100% Aboriginal owned artist collective providing employment and income for twenty-two Aboriginal artists and staff. Turtle Beginning in 1992 with an Aboriginal art and culture course for the people of the local Aboriginal community, presently it is an art and design studio/gallery producing fine art, sculpture and designs for over thirty licensees. Community Development is the basis of Tobwabba, and its most fundamental precept. When Tobwabba began, there was a ninety percent unemployment rate in the Aboriginal community. Tobwabba was conceived as an innovative employment creation program which would also, it was hoped, encourage a new sense of Aboriginality amongst it's participants. Tobwabba has been successful beyond anything that was hoped for, ultimately it is a business built around culture, not a culture built around business. The business provides one of the definitive models of a successful Aboriginal enterprise.

Wallaby During Tobwabba's development it has achieved many accolades such as recognition by the National Indigenous Arts Advocacy Association (concerned with the protection of Indigenous Art), Excellence in Design for many of the products, Excellence in Tourism Awards and the Aboriginal Employer Achievement Award. An extensive exhibition program continues to grow within Australia and overseas.

 

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