NAIDOC Week is a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and an opportunity for all Australians to deepen their knowledge and support for the continued cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Australia’s First Nations people.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Always Was, Always Will Be, and to help celebrate we have invited a series of Indigenous creatives and community members to share their stories, artwork, music and dance through Kingston Arts’ Instagram and Facebook channels from the 8th – 15th of November.
Each day will be sure to bring something new and exciting so make sure you follow us at @Kingstonartsau on Instagram and Facebook.
The Deerimut Weelam Gathering Place was established in 2017 for Kingston's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to gather, meet and celebrate its rich, historic culture. A Gathering Place is a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gather, meet and to establish a connection to each other and local culture. This space provides an opportunity for the development of community led and driven cultural programs which will enhance cultural identity, social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing.
Kait James is a proud Wadawurrung woman and visual artist, living and working in Melbourne, on Wurundjeri Country. Kait obtained a Bachelor of Media Arts (Photography) from RMIT University in 2001 but only recently returned to making Art through her love of culture, textiles and colour. Through the use of contemporary embroidery, humour and vivid colours, Kait addresses the way white western culture has dominated Australia’s history, how Australia and the world perceives our First Nations’ People. In 2019, Kait was awarded the Craft Victoria Emerging Artist Award and the Lendlease Reconciliation Award at the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Steve Rhall is a post-conceptual artist operating from a First Nation, white-passing, cis male, neurodivergent positionality. Rhall's interdisciplinary practice responds to the intersectionality of First Nation art practice and the Western art canon with particular interest in art’s presentation and encounter. He interrogates modes of representation, classification and hierarchy using a broad range of interventions including installation, performance, process led methodologies, curatorial projects, sculpture and ‘public’ art. Rhall exhibits internationally, lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, is a PhD candidate at Monash University on Birrarung-ga land (Melbourne, Australia).
Amala Groom is a Wiradyuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Her work, a form of passionate activism, presents acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work often subverts and unsettles western iconographies to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism. Informed by extensive archival, legislative and first-person research, Groom’s work is socially engaged, speaking truth to take a stand against hypocrisy, prejudice, violence and injustice.
Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini means Mother Daughter Aunty Sister in the languages of the founding members. We are a Victorian Indigenous women’s and trans diverse arts collective. We aim to support Indigenous artists in Victoria by creating cultural, spiritual and professional supports and opportunities. We are passionate about celebrating the uniqueness of Victorian Indigenous Arts and Culture through our arts and knowledge. As a collective we engage in a range of activities including art making, design, cultural workshops and education, Indigenous arts retreats, festivals and conferences. We are always welcoming of new artists and are open to working with other people and organisations to celebrate Victorian Aboriginal Women and trans diverse artists. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands we work on. We honour our own ancestors, in particular our Matriarchs, who have come before us.
Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) is a unique team of talented artists in all elements of hip hop, media, entertainment and performing arts, who have been working extensively in Indigenous communities around Australia since 2005. Specialising in week long intensive projects in Dance, Music, Film, Art and Culture.
Isaiah Firebrace hails from just outside Melbourne, along the banks of the Murray River. Isaiah first stepped into the spotlight in 2016 when he was crowned winner of the eighth season of The X Factor Australia. Since then he’s grabbed global attention for his #1 single ‘It's Gotta Be You’, which is now certified Platinum in Australia, 2 x Platinum in Sweden, Gold in Norway and Gold in Denmark. 2017 was a big year for Isaiah; he performed in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final with his single ‘Don’t Come Easy’, toured nationally with his friend & mentor Jessica Mauboy, and completed his first European press junket with stops across Scandinavia, the U.K., Belgium, and France. Isaiah’s music has been streamed over 200 million times worldwide.