First Nations Forum - Expression of Interest

Help guide future strategies for First Nations arts and culture

in the South East Queensland North region.

Application close: Friday 12 April 2019

Applicants notified: Tuesday 23 May 2019

Forum Dates: Wednesday 12 –  Friday 14 June 2019

Location: Point Lookout, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

Submit your Expression of Interest through this EOI form.

First Nations Forum

We are inviting expressions of interest to participate in an immersive three (3) day residential First Nations Forum. This is a unique opportunity for First Nations arts professionals to collaboratively develop and create new ideas and concepts that will push forward sector thinking and understanding of First Nations regional arts and culture.

It is an opportunity for artists to be invigorated and inspired and will become the pre-cursor for the direction and delivery of outcomes for First Nations arts and cultural development for the South-East Queensland North Region (SEQN) which encompasses the local government areas of Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Redlands and Somerset.

Program Structure

The First Nations Forum includes:

What is included in the program:


Key Objectives are:

How to apply:

To apply to be a First Nations Creative Catalyst please complete the Expression of Interest form linked below by no later than COB Friday 12 April 2019

Selection criteria:

Submission of completed EOI form with relevant support materials. The ability to articulate strengths and weaknesses in the current sector and the willingness to be a future advocate for arts and culture in their region in the future.

Selection Process:

The Creative Alliance and Blaklash Projects will select between 2-3 participants from each local government area. The cohort will be selected against a framework considering the overall mix of participants necessary to reflect a balanced mix of artforms, occupations, experience and gender.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application once the selection process has been completed.

For further information you can contact:

Blaklash Projects - 
reative Alliance -


The Creative Alliance is a leading Queensland organisation, which delivers a range of initiatives to build the capacity, connections and profile of cultural and creative organisations, venues, events and professional arts practitioners based in South-East Queensland.

Creative Alliance has received multi-year funding as part of the Regional Arts Service Network (RASN) an initiative of Arts Queensland. Eight RASNs have been established across the state to build arts networks and collaboration, determine arts and culture priorities, and highlight the value of the arts across the regions. The Creative Alliance will be leading the work within the South East Queensland North region which encompasses the local government areas of Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Redlands and Somerset.

Creative Alliance has engaged Blaklash Projects to facilitate and deliver and lead a First Nations Forum that is aimed to kick-starting the conversations around First Nations regional arts development for the South-East Queensland North Region.  

Blaklash Projects is an Indigenous business that produces arts and cultural events, public activations and exhibitions that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Their expertise is in community engagement and are passionate about economic development and self-sustainability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.

The First Nations Forum has also received support from:

Submit your EOI through this form by Tuesday 23 April