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Indigenous culture

A community that values its cultural heritage

Artist Indigenous Arts and Culture Forum 2014. Click to enlarge

Valuing and elevating our Indigenous culture is a key action within the City of Gold Coast's Culture Strategy 2023.

We support programs and initiatives that deliver on this action. We have established a permanent, full-time Indigenous Arts and Culture Officer position to drive this program of work.

The inaugural Indigenous Arts and Culture Forum, held in 2014, was a 'defining moment for the City'. The forum was convened by the City with guidance from the previous City's Indigenous Reference Group. The Forum drew local and national Indigenous artists and cultural opinion-makers including:

  • Wesley Enoch
  • Djon Mundine
  • Robyn Archer AO.

We celebrated community success stories and discussed future initiatives and priorities for the city.

We continue to support Gold Coast NAIDOC activities that celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For funding availability see our Community Grants Program.

Indigenous Artist Camp

Madeline Hodge, The Spiritual Director, South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2014

Each year, City of Gold Coast facilitates the Indigenous Artist Camp. The camp is a significant development and creative opportunity for Indigenous artists. A leading Indigenous visual artist designs and runs the professional development course. The course is held for emerging and established local Indigenous artists at South Stradbroke Island. The initiative aims to give local artists the skills and inspiration to take their work and careers to a new level.

Following the Indigenous Artist Camp, the City and the Indigenous artists partner with HOTA. The artworks created at the camp are showcased at the HOTA Gallery.

View the Indigenous Artist Camp image gallery.

Take a look at the Indigenous Artist Camp books produced each year as an outcome of the program. The books are key resources, which elevate the visibility of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Indigenous protocol

Read about the City of Gold Coast's approach to Indigenous protocol.

Indigenous history and heritage

Read about Indigenous history and heritage on the Gold Coast.

Artwork credits:
The Spiritual Director, Madeline Hodge South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2014.

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