17 November 2021

Creative Victoria’s First Peoples Directions Circle is about to present the Inaugural First Peoples Creative Industries Forum, with the theme of ‘Strong culture, creative future’.


A commitment of Creative State 2025, the planned annual event will celebrate and grow Victoria’s First Peoples creative industries sector.

Originally programmed as a live event at Arts Centre Melbourne, in order to keep First Peoples communities as safe as possible, the Forum will now take place as four Online Webinars to be held over two weeks in late November (details via registration link below). This will be followed by an in-person, one day Plenary Session and networking event early next year (bookings for this event will open at a later date).

The First Peoples Direction Circle who embedded Aboriginal self-determination throughout Creative State 2025, led by the guiding principle of ‘First Peoples First’, also developed the Forum program  and will lead its delivery.

Free, but registration essential via Eventbrite.



Thursday 18th November – 1.00pm-2.30pm

Webinar # 1: Strong Culture & Creative Future

Introducing the Creative Victoria First Peoples Direction Circle:

Panel discussion: How the FPDC is embedding First Peoples Strong Culture and Creative Future into Creative Victoria

Introducing Creative State 2025 Strategy (CS25)

The ‘First Peoples First’ Guiding Principle and First Peoples Actions: progress report


Friday 19th November: 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Webinar # 2: Strong Culture & Creative Future:

How can Creative Victoria support you: First Peoples Arts Investment

CS25 Action 6: First Peoples Dedicated funding streams across all CV Grants Programs

* Grants - Overview of Grants Programs on offer throughout the year

Growing our Assessor/Reviewer Panel Pool (paying it forward) Be inspired by learnings/experiences from CV First Peoples Assessors

Panel discussion: How can we support your creative future? Hear from some of our previous First peoples Grant Recipients


Thursday 25th November: 1pm - 2.30pm

Webinar # 3: Celebrating Victoria’s First Peoples’ creative sector

Introducing First Peoples Creative Spaces across the state:

Presentations from First Peoples Creative organisations/businesses share their programs and experiences

Panel discussion: First People Led Arts Centres and Creative Organisations

identifying how they ensure these spaces are self-determined


Friday 26th November: 1pm -2.30pm

Webinar # 4 : Growing Victoria’s First Peoples’ creative sector

A Victorian First Peoples Art & Design Fair: Learnings from across the country

In preparation for our Inaugural “biennial Victorian First Victorian First Peoples Art and Design Fair as the centrepiece of a program to promote and sell Victorian First Peoples cultural product in Australia and overseas” (Action 21 CS25) in 2023/24 let’s hear from our established First Peoples Arts Markets and Fairs.

Presentations from Janina Harding - Artistic Director, Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair; Eva-Jo Edwards - Coordinator, Koorie Night Market; Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (TBC); Tarnanthi (TBC); Carraige Works (TBC)

Panel Discussion: First Peoples Arts Fairs and Markets and Victorian Art Centre Representatives discuss what does a First Peoples Victorian state-wide Art Fair looks like?

Free, but registration essential via Eventbrite.