First Nations NSW artists and organisations - Funding and support

Create NSW support and resources for First Nations NSW artists and organisations contributing to NSW Creative Industries.

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We acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples and traditional owners of the land we now call New South Wales, and we celebrate the history and contemporary creativity of the world's oldest living culture.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised this website may contain images, voices, videos and names of people who have passed on. 



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Artform Board Expression of Interest

Join Create NSW's Artform Boards, including our First Nations Arts and Culture Artform Board - EOI submissions close 17 July 2024


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Work with Create NSW

Find current opportunities to join our team


Boomalli Gallery

Current Opportunities

NSW Health Infrastructure Art and Health Award - nominations for NSW based Aboriginal cultural centres, public museums & galleries - open until 9 September



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Aboriginal arts and culture protocols

First Nations People on this continent are the custodians of the longest living culture in the world. Aboriginal people have been sharing their unique cultures for thousands of generations.

Through guidance from cultural authorities, such as Elders and cultural knowledge keepers, a wide range of protocols help guide cultural business practices.


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Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP)

Learn more about Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property and find Creative Australia protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts.

Image: Bulaan Buruugaa Ngali Weaving Workshop in Evans Head. Photograph by Kate Holmes

FAQs - Arts and Cultural Funding

Find First Nations NSW Events, Festivals and Experiences

Explore First Nations culture in NSW


Image: Brook Garru Andrew, 'DIWIL', 2021, Installation View, Murray Art Museum Albury. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch

Aboriginal Keeping Places and Cultural Centres

A Keeping Place is of great significance to Aboriginal communities. They are a safe space for the return of cultural material from museums and other collecting institutions back to Country, preserving and celebrating First Nations NSW culture.

Discover more about Aboriginal Keeping Places and Cultural Centres in NSW.

Image: Giiyong Festival, Photo David Rogers 


First nations dancers at Giiyong

Current projects


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Aboriginal-led cultural digitisation project to preserve local collections

Four NSW Aboriginal cultural centres and keeping places will lead the way as cultural collection digital champions thanks to an $800,000 Creative Captial investment by the NSW Government.

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