First Nations Creative Projects Initiative

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The First Nations Creative Project Initiative is an opportunity for professional Indigenous artists to lead the creation and development of a new work anywhere in the City of Maribyrnong.

This initiative offers a once-off amount of $10,000 (ex GST) to support an individual creative practitioner, collective and/or organisation who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and live, work, study or have a deep connection to the City of Maribyrnong to create a new work in any artform within the municipality in 2021. The funding can be used towards the costs of new work presented or exhibited in Maribyrnong, including (but not limited to): artist fees, mentor fees, access costs such as interpreting and child care, marketing assets, materials, equipment hire, venue costs, etc.

Arts and Culture Maribyrnong will promote the project outcomes through our channels, and provide support through a series of meetings over the course of the funded project.

2021 First Nations Creative Projects Initiative Recipient: this mob

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of our First Nations Creative Projects Initiative, this mob, for their project Black Wattle.

Black Wattle is a keeping place: a collection of poetry, photography, collage and illustration developed by this mob arts collective over the last 12 months. Published by Incendium Radical Library, Black Wattle showcases the work of five key artists and the conversations they exchanged throughout lockdown. Common themes include tracing waterways, backyard gardens, thinking locally and relationships to place. After the onslaught of screens and digital communication in recent times, refresh your mind and senses with 40 pages of new work in print.

Black Wattle was launched at Footscray Community Arts Centre in May. If you missed the launch, keep an eye on the Incendium Radical Library's online shop to purchase a copy when they drop. Stay tuned and subscribe to Art Bytes to find out more about this mob's public programs.


Key Dates

Expressions of interest open: August 2021
Expressions of interest close: October 2021
Applicants notified: November 2021
Orientation meeting: December 2021
Projects to be delivered within the City of Maribyrnong: Throughout 2022

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a community panel made up of members of FCAC’s Indigenous Advisory Group, FCAC’s Senior Producer: Indigenous Cultural Program, and staff from Arts and Culture Maribyrnong who will support and promote the initiative. Should a panel member be part of, or associated with, an application, they will exclude themselves from discussion of that project.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022 grant will open in August 2021.

Download and read the 2021 guidelines(PDF, 838KB) for reference. To discuss your project idea, ask questions, or submit your application in an alternative format, please contact Arts Engagement Officer via or on (03) 9688 0233.