First Nations Visual Arts Residency – Applications Closed




First Nations Visual Arts Residency 

Creative Arts Alliance is inviting expressions of interest (EOIs) from First Nations Visual 
Arts practitioners who want to take part in an immersive four day creative residency being 
held at Woodfordia (Jinibara Country) in February 2021. 

This is a unique opportunity for First Nations artists to be invigorated and inspired, 
undergo professional development, extend their professional networks and learn new skills and 
concepts that will push their creative thinking and practice to the next level. 

Applicants must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and either: 
  • live in South East Queensland North - Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset, 
    Redlands local government areas 
  • OR have cultural connection to the Traditional Owners of these lands - Butchulla, 
    Wakka Wakka, Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi), Jinibara, Jagera/ Turrbal and Quandamooka peoples. 
Program Structure

The Residency includes:
  • 4-day Residential, held on Jinibara Country at Woodford 
  • Gathering of arts and cultural practitioners from SEQN
  • Workshops and conversations facilitated by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
  • Self paced creative opportunities
  • Showcase event attended by industry 
What is included in the program: 
  • Meals and three nights’ accommodation 
  • All materials required for the residency 
  • Participants are able to apply for an honorarium of $500 
  • Applicants must reside in / or have cultural connection to what is now known as the 
    South East Queensland North region which encompasses the local government areas of 
    Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Redlands and Somerset
  • Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and be accepted as 
    such by the community in which he/she lives. 
  • Applicants must have an emerging or professional visual arts practice 


Participants will be selected against a framework considering their overall skills, experience 
and desire to develop their creative practice. We are looking to engage a diverse range of 
participants to reflect the regions within which CAA services, including a mix of Traditional 
Owners and other First Nations peoples living within SEQN, a balanced range of artforms and 
experience levels.

Please contact us if you have any other questions or need additional support with your 

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The Creative Arts Alliance is a leading Queensland organisation, which delivers a range of 
initiatives to build the capacity, connections and profile of cultural and creative 
organisations, venues, events and professional arts practitioners based in South-East 
Queensland North. 

Creative Arts Alliance has received multi-year funding as part of the Regional Arts Service 
Network (RASN) an initiative of Arts Queensland. Eight RASNs have been established across the 
state to build arts networks and collaboration, determine arts and culture priorities, 
and highlight the value of the arts across the regions. 

In 2019, CAA and Blaklash held a major gathering of First Nations leaders where a number of key
priority projects were identified for delivery in the region including this First Nations Arts 
Residency. Creative Arts Alliance has engaged Blaklash Creative to lead this program. 

Blaklash Creative is a 100% Aboriginal-owned business specialising in Aboriginal art and design.
Blaklash produces arts and cultural events, public activations and exhibitions that showcase 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Their expertise is in community engagement and 
are passionate about economic development and self-sustainability for Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander individuals and communities. 

The First Nations Visual Art Residency is an initiative of Creative Arts Alliance delivered in
partnership with Blaklash Creative and supported with funding from Arts Queensland, Moreton 
Bay Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Council. 

Creative Arts Alliance acknowledges and pays respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands 
which we live, work and practice on.