Record Investment For First Peoples Creative Industries

29 October 2022

The Andrews Labor Government is backing First Peoples creative businesses and professionals to thrive in fashion, art, music, and performance.

Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos announced an investment of $6.7 million, including almost $2 million to First Peoples creatives, businesses and projects.

This announcement builds on a record investment of more than $10 million in First Peoples creative organisations, events, artists and initiatives in Victoria in 2021-22, and supports the Labor Government’s Creative State 25 strategy which is underpinned by a First Peoples first principle to boost opportunities for First Peoples across Victoria’s creative industries.

The latest funding includes a multi-year investment in creative infrastructure and equipment upgrades, as well as support for the development of new creative projects, spanning theatre, visual art, literature and more.

Fitzroy-based jeweler Haus of Dizzy will be supported to launch an exciting new children’s line and establish a collaborative workspace to create opportunities for women from First Peoples communities in the creative industries, while award-winning clothing label Ngali will be backed to expand overseas.

Other recipients will focus on creating new career pathways, performance and exhibition opportunities for First Peoples artists, including the Archie Roach Foundation, Short Black Opera and Honey Bones Gallery in Brunswick.

Supported projects include a children’s book published by Typecast Entertainment and authored by Tony Briggs and Charlotte Allingham, a live performance by Isobel Morphy-Walsh and a presentation for a largescale mural by First Peoples artists at the Aunty Alma Thorpe Gathering Place in Preston.

Details of the 140 recipients across the First Peoples and broader funding streams are available on the Creative Victoria website,

Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos

“Victoria is home to extraordinary First Peoples creatives – our investment ensures they have a platform from which to grow careers and strengthen businesses.”

“We will continue to back talented Victorians to create exciting products and experiences, because when they achieve great things the whole state benefits, further cementing our status as Australia’s capital for art and culture.”

Quote attributable to Kristy Dickinson, Founder and Director, Haus of Dizzy

“This funding is going to be a complete game changer for my business and the community who will also benefit from this incredible opportunity – we will finally be able to do everything 'In Haus' in our studio in Fitzroy.”

Reviewed 29 October 2022

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