22 December 2019
Ten creative leaders have been appointed to a ground-breaking First Peoples Partnership Group that will play a central role in determining creative and cultural policy in Victoria.
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 Partnership Group 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, Baluk Arts, Alylawarr NT
- Neil Morris, Musician and Poet, Radio Host, Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung
- Ray Thomas, Visual Artist and Musician, Brabrawooloong Gunnai
- 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.
For more information, visit: www.creative.victoria.gov.au/first-peoples-partnerships-group