• arts & culture
  • aboriginal
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12 September 2017

A major biennial exhibition, new arts fellowships and support for curatorial positions are at the heart of a ground-breaking six-year First Nations arts program.

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TarraWarra Museum of Art

Yalingwa, a Woiwurrung word that means both ‘day’ and ‘light’, is a new Victorian Government program that will be delivered in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the Tarrawarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley.

On a rotating biennial cycle, each gallery will develop and host a major exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, with a focus on the art of South Eastern Australia. The exhibitions will focus on new commissions by Indigenous artists with the first to be hosted by ACCA in mid-2018.

Ensuring that opportunities are provided both in front and behind the scenes, an Indigenous curator will be employed by each institution for a two year period to develop and deliver the exhibition, build skills that will set the foundation for their career and bring new knowledge to the participating gallery.

In between exhibitions, a Yalingwa Fellowship will be offered to a Victorian based Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to develop their practice. The $60,000 fellowship will enable an artist to develop new work and build their skills.

The Yalingwa initiative has been developed in collaboration with Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts sector. It will be overseen by an advisory committee that will bring together Aboriginal community and cultural leaders who will act as advisors, ambassadors and mentors, together with gallery representatives.

The Yalingwa Advisory Committee comprises:

  • Boon Wurrung elder N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs
  • Jacob Boehme, Creative Director, Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival
  • Genevieve Grieves, curator, filmmaker, artist, oral historian and educator
  • Elizabeth Liddle, Manager, Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy Implementation, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Hetti Perkins, curator and writer

Supporting Aboriginal creative practitioners to build their careers, raising the profile of Victorian Aboriginal arts and culture and deepening public engagement are key aims of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy.