The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship returns in 2024!

Nurturing art, creativity and culture

The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship (or Djuyalgal Scholarship meaning ‘the one who is telling the story’ in the local Gathang language) is a program created by Façon with support from our Principal Sponsor, Greater Bank. Our mission is to connect our regional community to Indigenous expression and art through supporting the culture, arts and creativity of Australia’s First Nations people.

The scholarship program is designed to celebrate, sustain and grow Indigenous art and design in New South Wales. In 2023 Greater Bank awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Jahvis Loveday to pursue his film-making career. This year, Greater Bank will again provide a $10,000
scholarship to support the successful recipient’s creative aspirations, with guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre.

An event will take place to announce the winner on 11th July 2024 during NAIDOC Week and a special edition Façon Magazine will be created that will profile the finalists from each category.

Meet Our 2024 Finalists!

Charles Perrurle Perkins



Charles Perrurle Perkins is a 19 year old Arrernte/Kalkatungu man, and an emerging film director currently living and working in Warrane/Sydney. Charles has worked on over 15 short films, 2 Award-winning television series and various video artworks. He is developing two documentary works as well as a historical short film. He founded his production company Akunye Filmworks, which hopes to aid in putting Indigenous Australian voices on the big screen.

Holly Faulds


Holly Faulds is a 21 year old Wiradjuri and Dharawal dancer who has been passionate about dance since the age of 3. She grew up in Dubbo and has trained in a variety of genres including cultural, contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre and more. Holly has completed a secondment with Bangarra Dance Company and is currently a trainee in the 2024 Russell Page Graduate Youth program.

Jessika Spencer

Accessory Design


Jessika Spencer is a Wiradjuri woman from the Sandhills of Narrungdera/ Narrandera, New South Wales. She was raised by her Elder and Matriarch, Beryl Simpson, alongside the Murrumbidgee river. This is where she continues to create her art. Being an Indigenous woman, culture and art go hand in hand. They are intertwined and are an ongoing source of inspiration for her. Through her varied art forms, Jessika explores her cultural identity. She does this via photography, poetry, writing, activism and both contemporary and traditional weaving.

Justine Villiers

Digital Art

Justine Villiers is a 24 year old, proud Wiradjuri woman born and raised on Darkinjung land, who has always had a passion for the creative arts since a young age. Justine was introduced to her culture by her Uncle Stuart Mcminn, who taught her through dance, song and stories. With her artworks, Justine aims to share her story and experiences, and encourage others to tell their own story.

Luca Sawyer



Luca Sawyer is a twenty-four-year-old Arts/Law student at UNSW, based on Gadigal land. She is a proud Wiradjuri woman, but her heart belongs to Biripi Country where she was born. Her submission to the scholarship ‘Anthropology of a Blak University Student’ is a real and raw story of being a First Nation girl from the country coming to the big smoke. Luca wouldn’t be here today without the support of her mum, grandparents and three beautiful little siblings.

Melissa Greenwood

Fashion Design

Melissa Greenwood is a proud Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung & Dunghutti woman from the Mid North Coast of NSW. She is an artist, fashion designer & children’s book author, as well as founder and director of Miimi and Jiinda, which recently showed at Australian Fashion Week. Melissa is always passionate about supporting mob and giving back as she has first hand experience growing up grass roots and understands innately the struggles that mob face.

Ruby Shay



Ruby Shay is a Dharug singer-songwriter based on the Central Coast, NSW. Since teaching herself guitar in her late teens, Ruby has proven herself as a strong storyteller, drawing from personal experiences, her writing creates meaningful songs that draw the listener into a world of love and self-exploration. Her first 2 singles, released with her band “The Red Horse” have both debuted in the top 10 on the AMRAP regional charts and Ruby’s most recent single “Cooler” has been featured on ABC Country’s Grass Roots program.

Scott Colyer

Art Painting

Scott Colyer is a proud Arrernte man, born in 1972, raised on Awabakal Country and now lives on Worimi Country at Bundabah. Scott’s love for art began in 2018 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma. His healing journey involved a deeper discovery of culture, and through art, creating a lasting connection to the lessons Mother Earth and Country hold. Scott now runs Living Strong Nature Journaling with his wife, striving to help others slow down and learn about country through art.

Sean Kinchela



Sean Kinchela is a 30 year old Gamilaroi and Wiradjuri man with family ties to Moree, Coonabarabran, Dubbo and Wellington, currently living on Yuin country in the Far South Coast of NSW. Under the business name Local Famous, Sean’s photography is inspired by storytelling of the land, oceans and skies. He uses these elements along with stories passed down from family and culture to tell his own story.

Jahvis Loveday, recipient of The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship for 2023 has this to say
about the program:

To be the recipient of The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship was a privilege last year, it was such an incredible feeling to be able to go to the event and see not only my work, but all the other Indigenous finalist works on display.

The scholarship really helped me kick start some incredible projects over the past year that have allowed me to collaborate with many different indigenous artists from my region and beyond.

I can’t wait to see the level of artists in this year’s event, it’s such a great way to showcase many different art forms.

The Scholarship program consists of nine differing creative discipline categories that are open for applications. A single finalist for each category will be selected by our special panel and a recipient will be chosen from these finalists.

The recipient will receive:
A $10,000 Scholarship from Greater Bank to support the recipients creative aspirations*
A mentoring session with a leading voice from their creative discipline
Guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre and the use of their facilities

*Please see T&C’s for more information

The nine creative disciplines and their mentors are:

Fashion design – Samantha Harris
Accessory design – Kristy Dickinson
Art painting – Nicole Chaffey
Music – Mitch Tambo
Dance – Sidney Saltner
Writing – Professor Chelsea Watego
Digital art – Travis De Vries
Film – Stephen Page
Photography – Milly Hooper

Applications are currently closed!

Please check back soon.

Applications closed Midday 18th April 2024. For more information please see terms and conditions.

The nine finalists and scholarship recipient will be decided by our committee using our selection criteria. Our committee is made up of local business leaders and First Nations voices from our community.

The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship Committee is proudly represented by:

Lara Lupish
Editor-in-Chief, Façon Magazine

Ingrid Kaczor
Community Engagement Manager, Greater Bank

Andrew Smith
CEO, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council

Simone Jordan
Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership, University of Newcastle

Kate O’Mara
Consulting Project Advisor

Dr. Kirsten Molloy
President, Equal Futures Project

Lynne Mangovski
Member, Hunter Medical Research Foundation

Jack Bailey
Communications and Marketing Manager, Façon Magazine

Jason Fox
Senior Manager, Façon Magazine

Jodi Montague
Community Engagement Specialist, Greater Bank

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