About the First Peoples Directions Circle

A First Peoples Directions Circle has been established which will embed Aboriginal self-determination and community voice throughout Victoria’s next creative industries strategy, 2020-2024 – with, and for the benefit of, First Peoples in Victoria.

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Front row: Andrew Jackomos (Chair), Uncle Larry Walsh, Yvonne Luke. Back row: Gail Harradine, Neil Morris, Kim Kruger, Kylie Belling (Creative Victoria), Eliza Mango (Creative Victoria) Image: James Henry

Following a state-wide Expressions of Interest (EOI) process, the members were appointed by an esteemed selection panel of peers to embed Aboriginal self-determination and community voice throughout the development and delivery of Victoria’s next creative industries strategy, 2020 – 2024.

Members possess decades of collective experience as practicing artists, curators, programmers, educators, and academics, and as senior leaders in arts, government, education, community and philanthropic sectors.

As well as bringing firsthand experience of the needs and interests of creative practitioners, many are Elders and mentors in community with a direct line to the experiences of others at all creative career stages.

Members represent a diverse range of creative industries - including visual arts and craft, writing, storytelling and poetry, festivals, music and performing arts, screen, and collections curation – as well as the diverse voices and interests of Aboriginal people living in Victoria.

Chaired by Yorta Yorta man Andrew Jackomos, Executive Director Aboriginal Economic Development, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, the inaugural Directions Circle members are:

  • Belinda Briggs, Community Engagement, Shepparton Art Museum, Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba
  • Vicki Couzens, Artist and Academic, Gunditjmara/Keerray Woorroong
  • Dr Treahna Hamm, Visual Artist and Education and Arts practitioner, Yorta Yorta
  • Gail Harradine, Artist and Curator, Koori Heritage Trust, Wotjobaluk
  • Kim Kruger, Lecturer and Researcher, Moondani Balluk Aboriginal Unit Victoria University, Murroona/Djiru
  • Yvonne Luke, Director, Buluk Arts, Alylawarr NT
  • Neil Morris, Musician and Poet, Radio Host, Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung
  • Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Performer and Choreographer, Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland (matrilineal) and Biripi from New South Wales (patrilineal)
  • Jason Tamiru, Producer, Malthouse Theatre, Yorta Yorta
  • Uncle Larry Walsh, Storyteller and Elder in Residence Footscray Community Arts Centre, Taungurung

The establishment of the group delivers on a foundational action of the Victorian Government’s First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries, launched by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley in 2018.

The Directions Circle aims to reflect the needs of First Peoples living in Victoria – as artists, creators, audiences and creative leaders – and guide Creative Victoria’s future programs and activities.

Group members were selected by a First Peoples panel of esteemed peers, including:

  • Andrew Jackomos (Panel Chair), Executive Director, Aboriginal Economic Development Branch, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara
  • N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM, Elder, Boon Wurrung
  • Vicki Couzens, Artist and Academic, Gunditjmara/Keerray Woorroong
  • Deborah Cheetham AO, Composer, Soprano and Melbourne Recital Centre Board Member, Yorta Yorta
  • Dr Lou Bennett AM, Musician, Academic and Melbourne International Arts Festival Director, Yorta Yorta
  • Stacie Piper, Curator and Victorian NAIDOC Committee Chair, Wurundjeri/Dja Dja Wurrung

Further information on the Directions Circle, its role and the nature of its membership, are outlined in the Terms of Reference listed below.

The establishment of the First Peoples Directions Circle is a foundational action of the First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries.

Who to talk to

Please contact Kylie Belling, Senior Manager, First Peoples at Creative Victoria: 03 8683 3127 or 0421 682 375 or email kylie.belling@creative.vic.gov.au

Links and downloads

Word: Terms of Reference Directions Circle  DOCX, 216.1 KB

PDF: Terms of Reference Directions Circle PDF, 174.8 KB

First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries