12 Apr Applications open for Indigenous cultural workers’ scholarship program
Workers from cultural, creative and heritage sectors in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are invited to apply for a new scholarship program, offered by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with The Prince’s Charities Australia.
Applications for the Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships opened this week, and will give six Indigenous people hands on experience in museum practices and arts development through an international knowledge transfer program with prominent cultural institutions.
The intensive three-month scholarship program will run from September, and encompasses learning at the National Museum of Australia, the British Museum, and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, in London.
The scholarships will provide the opportunity for participants to develop skills and capabilities related to a broad spectrum of cultural work, including the research, documentation, preservation and maintenance of material culture, exhibition and curatorial development, arts practice and presentation and cultural project management. . Awardees will then be able to apply this knowledge and skills to their own community cultural work.
The program was developed in line with recommendations from the National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Reference Group and 27 Indigenous communities, following an extensive consultation process for a recent exhibition entitled Encounters produced in partnership with the British Museum. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was Patron of the exhibition.
Applications close 23 May 2016.