Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Update on the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship program


Last month Aboriginal Art Blog.com told you about a unique program to foster indigenous art curating

See the original article here

We have some further information about this very exciting program below.

The Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship will focus on the professional development of Indigenous people in roles supporting the visual arts such as curation, marketing, exhibition management, art handling, registration to publishing, imaging services and fundraising.

The Fellowship will encourage the sustainability and longevity of the Indigenous arts/cultural industry by creating opportunities for Indigenous professionals to work throughout the sector. It is a prestigious and professional program that will foster the next generation of Indigenous leaders in the visual arts.

The National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers are seeking input from a range of people involved in Indigenous arts professions and education across Australia to help develop the Fellowship program.
Cox Inall Ridgeway has been contracted to run consultation workshops which will be facilitated by respected Indigenous leader Aden Ridgeway.

Please find below a discussion paper on the Fellowship which we will refer to in the workshops:

Overview of Australia’s Indigenous Visual Arts

The value of Indigenous visual arts to the Australian economy is estimated to be $400
million per annum. While there is a significant focus on supporting and nurturing
Indigenous artists to participate in the creation of art, much of the professional support and management (administration, marketing, curatorial) is provided by non-Indigenous people.

In June 2007, the Standing Committee on Environment, Communications, Information
Technology and the Arts undertook an inquiry into the Australian Indigenous visual arts and crafts sector. The resultant report Indigenous Art – Securing the Future included a significant focus on the role of education and professional development in ensuring the sustainability and profitability of the Indigenous visual arts sector.

The report states: “there appear to be some very pressing skills development needs in
this industry, particularly in relation to such areas as business management and
planning, accounting, marketing and governance”.

This sentiment is echoed in Making Solid Ground – Infrastructure and Key Organisations
Review, carried out for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (Australia Council for the Arts) in November 2008. The report identified ‘improved investment in people’ as one of ten necessary platforms to support the sustainable development of the arts industry.

The Making Solid Ground report “strongly suggested that there needs to be greater
investment in and improved access to training and professional development
opportunities” for Indigenous people in a range of positions in the arts sector.

However the Senate committee concluded that while “the case for education and training is strong, the preferred mechanisms to deliver it successfully are not clear at this stage”.

The Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship

In 2009 a formal partnership was formed between the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Limited to create a Fellowship Program which would contribute to filling this gap in Indigenous professional development.

The partnership represents two iconic Australian organisations committed to the long
term development, training and mentorship of Indigenous people and will present a high quality professional development opportunity for the visual and Indigenous arts sector.

The Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship will focus on the professional development of Indigenous people in roles supporting the visual arts such as curation, marketing, exhibition management, art handling, registration to publishing, imaging services and fundraising.

The partnership will run for five years, and has identified the following objectives to
achieve by 2014:

Four exceptional Indigenous people will have graduated as Fellows of the
Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship at the National Gallery of Australia
Up to 32 Indigenous people will have participated in the Wesfarmers
Indigenous Fellowship as Associate Fellows at the National Gallery of
Australia

The Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship will create opportunities for Indigenous

professionals to work throughout the Indigenous arts/cultural sector.

Ultimately, the program will foster the next generation of Indigenous leaders in the visual
arts.

Consultation workshops

The National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers are seeking input from a range of
people involved in Indigenous arts professions and education across Australia to help
develop the Fellowship program.

Cox Inall Ridgeway has been contracted to run consultation workshops to feed into a
suggested Fellowship structure. These workshops will be facilitated by respected
Indigenous leader Aden Ridgeway.

The consultation workshops are designed to provide input to the following areas of the Fellowship:
a) Fellowship program content and breakdown of areas of focus, including
distribution of time across disciplines over the 2 years
b) Effective recruitment strategies and channels to attract suitable candidates
c) Selection criteria and process for fellowship program
d) Associate Fellowship content and proposed structure
e) Mentoring requirements and logistics of a two year Fellowship
f) Identification of additional investment and/or costs required to implement fellowship

In preparation for the workshops, participants are asked to consider the following
questions:

1.
What are the key enablers and barriers to Indigenous participation in your
profession?
2.
What paths have been successfully pursued by Indigenous professionals in your
sector?
3.
What are the aspirations of new and emerging leaders in your field?
4.
What would make your field more attractive to new Indigenous participants?
5.
What role does your organisation play to encourage the development of
Indigenous professionals?
6.
What combination of skills are necessary to your profession?
Workshops are being held in the following locations:

Sydney Monday 17 August
Melbourne Tuesday 18 August
Canberra Wednesday 19 August
Cairns Thursday 20 August
Adelaide Tuesday 8 September
Alice Springs Thursday 10 September
Darwin Friday 11 September
Perth Tuesday 20 October
Broome Wednesday 21 October

Input from each workshop will be developed into a report and provided to workshop
participants. If people are unable to attend any of these workshops, we welcome your
input via phone or email.

Interested participants are invited to contact John Saulo at Cox Inall Ridgeway for further information johns@coxinallridgeway.com.au or 02 8204 3876

Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship – Discussion paper
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