The Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership

NIDA is pleased, through the generosity of the Luminis Foundation, to be able to offer the Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship will support the successful applicant by funding 50% of the Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) course fee.

All short-listed applicants who identify as Indigenous will be considered for the Fellowship.

This interdisciplinary part-time Master’s degree is future focused and designed specifically for producers, curators, arts managers, directors or cultural practitioners in any field, who are leading, or aspiring to lead, change in their sector.

Industry-embedded, the course is delivered across on-line platforms which are supported and taught by cultural leaders together with experienced NIDA staff who have a background in professional practice. Four four-day intensives each year at NIDA’s Graduate School builds a collaborative community of practice within the Cultural Leadership students and also with other MFA courses at NIDA.  The course engages with the debates around pressing current cultural issues as well as providing a platform for increased knowledge of the cultural sector from diverse perspectives.

The two year program allows you to integrate your work life with your study and culminates in an international placement. You will graduate with an internationally recognised Master of Fine Arts.

Previous winners of the Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship for Cultural Leadership are:

  • Jax Cornforth: Jax is of Wuthathi and Torres Strait Islander heritage, a graduate of NAISDA and Co-Founder of the cultural performance and education company Muggera
  • Marilyn Miller: Marilyn is of Kukuyalanji / Waanyi heritage and Founder of BlakDance, sits on the BlakDance Cultural Council and is the Deputy Chair of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
  • Mel George: Mel is of Aboriginal and Greek heritage, a glass artist and Art Centre Manager of Ernabella Art Inc, an Anangu led corporation in the remote Aboriginal community of Pukatja, SA, and Australia’s oldest Indigenous Arts Centre.

For further information on the course please see Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership)

To register your interest in applying please contact
Karilyn Brown, Course Leader Cultural Leadership
02 9697 7645

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