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“I'm here, I'm proud and I know what I'm doing”: Third-year student and Mununjali man Nicholas Currie on his journey into painting, and his relationship with the Wilin Centre
“There's a different feeling when Aboriginal people teach Aboriginal people and uphold Indigenous people, and make you feel safe, and listen to your fears.”So says Nicholas Currie, a descendant of the Mununjali clan of Yugambeh people of Brisbane, Beaudesert and Logan River, currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Palawa and Wiradjuri theatremaker Nicola Ingram on why she makes theatre
Nicola Ingram is a proud Palawa and Wiradjuri woman from nipaluna, lutruwita (Hobart, Tasmania) and a 2021 graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting). Though now a passionate theatremaker, actor and writer, growing up Nicola had imagined she would work in politics. As a teenager, she did work experience with a couple of politicians in lutruwita.
Meet Ngioka Bunda-Heath: 2022 Hutchinson Fellow
Ngioka Bunda-Heath is a Wakka Wakka, Ngugi and Birrpai dancer and storyteller whose choreographic works are a deep excavation of her cultural and ancestral histories. She is also a woman of many firsts: the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from the dance program at the VCA, and now, the first choreographer and dancer to receive the prestigious Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency at the University of Melbourne.As the 2022 Hutchinson Fellow, Ngioka will undertake a one-year residency at VCA Dance. We spoke with her about her choreographic practice and plans for the year ahead.