Country, Culture, People, Future

Indigenous Arts

Expressions of Interest for Aboriginal Ranger Program

Posted: September 26th, 2017

Filed under: , , , , ,

The State Government is developing an Aboriginal Ranger Program to create jobs and training and community development opportunities for Aboriginal people across a range of tenures in regional and remote communities across Western Australia. The Government has committed $20 million to the program over five years, which will see $4 million available each year to Aboriginal organisations, corporations and ranger groups.

The Government recognises the social, cultural and environmental benefits of Aboriginal ranger programs and is aware of the excellent work that has already been undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State. Such programs have provided an integral step towards improved community wellbeing and reducing poverty through economic opportunities and building leadership in remote and regional communities.

Commencing in 2017-18, the program will train and employ Aboriginal people as rangers to undertake land and sea management activities including:

  • biodiversity monitoring and research
  • traditional knowledge transfer
  • fire management
  • cultural site management
  • feral animal and weed management
  • cultural awareness and immersion experiences
  • tourism management
  • education programs and mentoring.

The program will also assist Aboriginal communities to identify land management priorities and opportunities, build community and organisational capacity and invest in direct training opportunities.

 Expressions of Interest for the first round of funding is now open. Applications must be completed and submitted by 31 October 2017.

For more information, please visit the website: Aboriginal Ranger Program

NITV calls for emerging Indigenous film-makers to apply for Spirit Initiative 2017

Posted: August 11th, 2017

Filed under: , ,

NITV is calling for up and coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film-makers to apply for the fifth annual Spirit Initiative. Formerly known as the Spirit Award, the Initiative includes a professional development opportunity with NITV in addition to the opportunity to make a short documentary as part of NITV’s Our Stories. The winner will be flown to Sydney for a three week work experience placement where they will be mentored and trained by NITV’s experienced staff from a range of departments. They will then be commissioned to produce a 15-minute Our Stories documentary in language and a news story from their local community.

Applicants are required to submit a three minute ‘sizzle reel’ – a snapshot showcase of their work – and a pitch for their 15 minute documentary.
Applications close Friday 1 September 2017, with the winner to be announced at the 19th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju, Western Australia from 25-30 September 2017.

For more information and to apply online visit: nitv-spirit-initiative

 

Call for entries in “The Art of Wellbeing” Art Competition

Posted: July 26th, 2017

Filed under: , ,

Not-for-profit mental health organisation, Richmond Wellbeing, has launched their inaugural ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ competition and exhibition.

It gives the WA Aboriginal community a chance to share their culture through their art, by submitting their interpretation of wellbeing in their chosen artistic form such as painting, photography, and sculpture. Up to 20 finalists will be selected and paid for their artwork, and the winner will be given the enriching experience of working with celebrated artist Janine Daddo and highly respected Noongar artist Wendy Hayden. The mentoring program from these esteemed artists will assist in spring boarding their career.

How to Enter

  1. Send the completed form by Monday 21st August 2017 to admin@rw.org.au or post to
        The Art of Wellbeing
        Richmond Wellbeing
        29 Manning Road
        Cannington, WA 6107
  2. We will contact you with an Entry Pack, to be completed by Friday 27th October.

Look out for our helpful Assistance Day, coming in September 2017. Let the inspiration flow!

Expressions of interest will close 21st August. For more information, visit: www.rw.org.au/the-art-of-wellbeing

OneSight Indigenous Design Competition

Posted: February 5th, 2014

Filed under: , , , , , , , ,

OneSight are seeking an aspiring Indigenous artist to create a piece of art which symbolises their culture and the importance of vision to their community.

OneSight is a not-for profit organisation working globally to provide free eye-screenings, free glasses where needed and eye-health education to disadvantaged and remote communities.

The winning piece of artwork will be used to create  limited edition Ray Ban Wayfarers frames with the artist with artists name printed on the inside arm of the frame and the artists story being recognised inside the packing. The artist will also receive a licence fee for each pair produced and $10 000 to be put towards the professional development of their choice. Fifty dollars from the sale of each pair will be donated to OneSight programs in rural and regional Indigenous communities across Australia.

Applications close February 28, for more information or to enter click here.

Celebrate NAIDOC week!

Posted: July 8th, 2013

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,

NAIDOC week is now well underway, and celebrations are happening all over Australia. The theme for 2013 is “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”.  The theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. To read more about the significance of these petitions visit the official NAIDOC website.

There are a huge number of events going on across the Yamatji and Pilbara regions to celebrate NAIDOC this week. Check your local paper for a listing of events. Some highlights will be the Ngarluma & Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd’s football carnival in Roebourne this weekend, free community events featuring food and music in Karratha on Friday and Sunday, and the NAIDOC awards celebration in South Hedland on Saturday, to name just a few.

YMAC has already been celebrating NAIDOC, with stalls at the Tom Price and Perth opening ceremonies on Sunday, as well as last week’s Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton.

If you are in Karratha or South Hedland this week come say hello to YMAC staff at the community events on there.

 

130707 Geraldton dawn service

Dawn service to commemorate 100 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Veterans in Service. 7 July 2013

130703 Bundiyarra cultural day celebrations

YMAC stall at Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton. 3 July 2013 

Last chance to nominate for the 2013 Deadly Awards

Posted: June 26th, 2013

Filed under: , , , ,

Applications are still open for the 2013 Deadly Awards, so if you know someone who is outstanding in the field of music, sport or the arts, or is simply an all-round community role-model, nominate them now!

The Deadly Awards recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to our community, and provide national and local role models to inspire all Australians.

Time is running out, so click here to find out all of this year’s Deadly categories, and here to lodge your nomination.

Entries close 30 June 2013.

 

YMAC Congratulates Les Hill for Works Showcased in 2013 Good Heart Art

Posted: June 14th, 2013

Filed under: , , , , , , , ,

YMAC would like to congratulate one of our Community Liaison Officers, Les Hill, for being chosen to exhibit his artwork in the 2013 Good Heart Mid-West Art Exhibition, which finishes up in Perth this evening.

His collection of pieces reflects the everlasting wildflowers unique to his home town of Mullewa and the Murchison River.

This has been Good Heart Art’s sixth exhibition sponsored by Oakajee Port and Rail, and almost 200 pieces from over 50 new and established mid-west artists were showcased.
For more information on this year’s event, visit the Good Heart website.

If you would like to know more about Les and other YMAC Community Liaison Officers, read our blog post from March this year.

Pieces of Gutharraguda exhibition opens in Carnarvon this Friday evening

Posted: May 28th, 2013

Filed under: , , , , , , , ,

After the success of Jimmy Poland’s Pieces of Gutharraguda exhibition opening in Shark Bay in May, the exhibition will now travel to Carnarvon, where it opens at the Gwoonwardu Mia Cultural Centre this Friday, 31 May, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

At 86 years old, respected Malgana elder and local Denham community icon, Jimmy Poland, has been carving pearl shell, emu eggs and boab nuts for many years – a skill that was passed down from his father – and he tells the story of his life in Shark Bay through the Pieces of Gutharraguda exhibition.

The exhibition will run from 31 May to 20 June 2013.

For details about the exhibition opening, please see flyer below.

click to enlarge

2013 Good Heart Art Exhibition set to open in Perth

Posted: May 24th, 2013

Filed under: , , , ,

click to enlarge

The 2013 Good Heart Art Exhibition will soon open in Perth after a spectacular preview of the exhibition finishes up in Geraldton today.

Almost 200 pieces from over 50 new and established mid-west artists will be showcased in Perth from 10-14 June, and all artwork will be for sale with proceeds going to the artists.

This will be the Good Heart Art’s sixth exhibition, sponsored by Oakajee Port and Rail.

The exhibition will run from Monday 10 June – Friday 14 June 2013,  10am to 4pm daily, in the foyer of the QV1 Building, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

For more information, contact Nan Rickards on 0417 184 290 or visit the the Good Heart website.