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.

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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