Aboriginal Artists Reference Group EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Arts North West support the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to celebrate and practice their cultures, to fulfil creative aspiration and govern their cultural material and stories associated with cultural objects and cultural knowledge. Furthermore, we recognise and respect that Aboriginal people have a right to self-determination particularly in respect to cultural matters this includes making decisions about preserving and sharing their traditional and contemporary cultural knowledge and practices. This right gives Aboriginal people the ability to have fulfillment in their own cultural aspirations, with Arts North West assisting as the vehicle to help drive and achieve these aspirations.

Arts North West, through the Aboriginal Cultural Support Program provide a dedicated, cohesive, and regionally-based support for Aboriginal arts and cultural development in the NENW which will allow our community greater access to opportunities to strengthen their culture through their arts practice, projects and career development.

Arts North West are fostering self-determination by establishing an Aboriginal Reference Committee to help drive the direction of the Aboriginal Cultural Support Program and related projects and will support Arts North West and particularly the Aboriginal Arts Officer with cultural guidance and decision making, strategic planning, advice and feedback. The Aboriginal Reference Committee will be committed to assisting to achieve the aspirations of the community and will be dedicated to developing respectful and sustainable relationships based on trust and respect for our cultural values and our histories.

The Aboriginal Reference Committee will be made up of 2 Aboriginal volunteer representatives from each of the contributing LGA’s in our region. It is anticipated that the committee will meet up to 4 times per year in various locations throughout the region.

The first meeting will be held in Inverell on April 2nd & 3rd (TBC), applicants need to be able to commit to attending and contributing to the inaugural meeting.

For more information please contact Pene Riggs on 0267254023 or email pene@2rivers.com.au.

To register an EOI please go to http://www.artsnw.com.au/acsp. EOI’s close on 28th February 2019