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11 November 2019

For the first time, First Peoples will have a formalised leadership role in the development of creative and cultural policy in Victoria, with the appointment of Creative Victoria’s new First Peoples Partnership Group.

image of first peoples art

3CR Mural (2010). Artists Bindi Cole, Reko Rennie and Tom Civil collaborated with the local community including Indigenous young people, to create a multi-media mural on the exterior wall of 3CR Community Radio Station. Launched March 2010. Image: Tom Civil - Stick Figures.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being sought from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with experience in the creative industries, who are interested in shaping Victoria’s creative future.

The Partnership Group, comprising up to 11 members, will embed Aboriginal self-determination and community voice throughout the development and delivery of Victoria’s next creative industries strategy, 2020 – 2024.

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.

It follows the recent introduction of new First Peoples investment and traineeships programs, which are providing unprecedented opportunities for First Peoples looking to embark on or develop their creative career in Victoria.

EOIs are invited from First Peoples living in all parts of Victoria, with a connection to creative industries such as the arts, music, design, cultural development, fashion and screen. The group members will be 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

Candidates must have at least five years’ recent experience in, or related to, the creative industries, a passion for strategic and cultural development and a readiness to represent the voice and needs of their region and artform, as well as First Peoples and the broader creative industries.

Expressions of Interest close Tuesday, 3 December 2019. For more information, visit The First Peoples Partnership Group.