Unveiling Creativity: The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship Returns in 2024!
Get ready to embark on a journey of art, culture, and creativity as the Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship makes a return in 2024! This prestigious program, also known as the Djuyalgal Scholarship, meaning ‘the one who is telling the story’ in the local Gathang language, is a program created by Façon Australia and supported by our Principal Sponsor Greater Bank. With a mission to celebrate, sustain, and foster Indigenous art and design in New South Wales, this scholarship aims to connect regional communities with the rich cultural expressions of Australia’s First Nations people.
The recipient of the 2024 scholarship will be awarded $10,000 to fuel their creative aspirations and a one-of-a-kind mentoring session with a luminary from their creative field, guiding them on their path to success. The recipient will also have access to invaluable guidance and state-of-the-art facilities at Murrook Culture Centre. It’s not just a scholarship; it’s a ticket to a world of innovation, inspiration, and endless opportunities!
Last year, The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship, thanks to Greater Bank, awarded a remarkable $10,000 scholarship to Jahvis Loveday, empowering him to pursue his dreams in filmmaking. Now, in 2024, another deserving recipient will receive the same support to fuel their creative aspirations. The excitement culminates on July 11th, 2024, during NAIDOC Week, with the announcement of the recipient at a special event. Additionally, a captivating edition of Façon Magazine will be dedicated to showcasing the finalists and mentors from each category, further amplifying their voices and talents.
Reflecting on his experience, Jahvis Loveday, the 2023 scholarship recipient, shares his profound gratitude for the program. “To be the recipient of The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship was a privilege last year,” he says. “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 success stories from last year’s finalists serve as a testament to the transformative impact of this scholarship. Jahvis, honored for his filmmaking prowess, garnered an AACTA nomination for his short film and contributed to Netflix’s “Heartbreak High.” Lillardia, recognized for her fashion design, graced the pages of Vogue Australia and clinched the 2023 National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) Fashion Designer Award, and is now embarking on a mentorship with Country Road. Bernard, celebrated for his digital artistry, was commissioned by numerous organizations for his captivating creations. Ren, applauded for her painting skills, not only sold several artworks but also launched an online store and had her art displayed at the Murrook Culture Centre. Marley, lauded for her photography, captured breathtaking moments for prestigious events and brands like the National Indigenous Fashion Awards and Maara Collective, earning features in Vogue Australia. Brooke, celebrated for her writing, secured employment as a creative business mentor, paving the way for aspiring storytellers.
These achievements are a source of pride for The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship, nurturing and empowering artists on their remarkable journeys. As we eagerly anticipate the unfolding of yet another chapter in 2024, let us celebrate the enduring legacy of Indigenous storytelling, fostering a vibrant tapestry of culture, creativity, and community.
You can apply now for The 2024 Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship here. Applications close 18th April 2024.