First Peoples to shape Victoria’s creative future

Maree Clarke making her Thung-ung Coorang jewellery - photo by Eugene HylandFor the first time, Victoria’s First Peoples will have a formalised leadership role when creative and cultural policies are developed, with the appointment of Creative Victoria’s new First Peoples Partnership Group.

Eleven positions on the First Peoples Partnership Group will embed Aboriginal self-determination and community voice throughout the development and delivery of Victoria’s next creative industries strategy from 2020 to 2024.

The creation of the group delivers a key action of the Andrews Labor Government’s First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries, launched by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley in 2018.

“The First Peoples Partnership Group will amplify First Peoples voices and opportunities in the creative industries,” said Martin Foley. “It will fundamentally change the way Creative Victoria works with First Peoples and develops policies and strategies for the creative industries.”

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

EOIs are invited from First Peoples across Victoria with a connection to creative endeavours such as visual arts, music, design, fashion and screen. The group members will be selected by a First Peoples panel of esteemed peers, including:

  • Andrew Jackomos (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 of recent experience related to the creative industries, a passion for strategic and cultural development and must represent the needs of their region and artform, as well as First Peoples and the broader industry.

Expressions of Interest close on Tuesday 3 December 2019. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Maree Clarke making her Thung-ung Coorang jewellery – photo by Eugene Hyland