NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Matthew Doyle
Uncle-in-Residence Matthew Doyle

Matthew Doyle is a well-respected First Nations artist and cultural advisor, known as ‘Uncle Matt’. His role at NIDA is to support First Nations students as they navigate their courses and to share his knowledge in First Nations culture and traditions.

Matthew has had a celebrated career as a dancer, musician, composer, songman, didgeridoo player, cultural consultant and educator with over 35 years' experience in the performing arts across all genres. He has toured extensively in Australia and abroad performing in many countries as both a soloist and a collaborator, including major events such as the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games closing ceremony, the Sydney 2000 opening and closing ceremonies, the ABC Millennium broadcast on top of Sydney Opera House, opening the Indigenous Gallery Musée Du Quai Branly in Paris, World Expo Japan, I Am Eora for Sydney Festival directed by Wesley Enoch, welcoming Pope Benedict for World Youth Day, and welcoming members of the Royal Family to Sydney. Matthew has also opened the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with Djakapurra Munyarryun and William Barton.

He has recorded several CDs of his own music and has co-composed and been cultural consultant for Bangarra Dance Theatre. He has also worked with grandmaster shakuhachi player Riley Lee, James Morrison, Colin Offord, TAIKOZ, Legs on the Wall, Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the ABC for Play School.

For the past 20 years, Matthew has worked in Indigenous arts education and is a panel member of the Indigenous Advisory Panel for the City of Sydney Council. He currently works with Jannawi Dance Clan, The Gamay Dancers and appeared on The Voice in 2021 with Jessica Mauboy. Matthew also consults for Sydney Opera House and volunteers to raise Indigenous community awareness of blood diseases for The Leukaemia Foundation.