Aboriginal arts and culture

Proudly showcasing and supporting some of the best First Nations artists and organisations contributing to our NSW Creative Industries.

First nations dancers on stage filled with smoke, holding and covered in Australian native bush and white markings.

Acknowledgement

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.

Find funding and support for mob

Search our grants finder for all opportunities available now for artists and cultural organisations. 

 

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

Support, Opportunities and Resources

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 culture.

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

Image: Giiyong Festival, Photo David Rogers 

 

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First nations dancers at Giiyong

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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Current projects

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Group of representatives from 4 different Aboriginal keeping places

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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