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Empowering indigenous creativity – the second annual program returns for 2024

Building upon its inaugural initiative, Façon Australia, supported by Greater Bank, proudly announce the launch of the second annual Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship (or Djuyalgal Scholarship – meaning the one who is telling the story in the local Gathang language).

“This initiative aims to empower Indigenous storytellers in New South Wales, providing them with the resources and support necessary to contribute their unique perspectives to the creative arts landscape,” Lara Lupish, Façon Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief said.

Recipient of the 2023 Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship, filmmaker Jahvis Loveday (from the Dyirbal tribe, who was born and raised on Bundjalung country in the Northern Rivers), reflects on the profound impact of the program,

“The scholarship was a privilege last year. The scholarship helped me kick start incredible projects over the past year, collaborating with Indigenous artists from my region and beyond.

“I am excited to see the level of artists in this year’s event, showcasing various art forms.”

Continuing their commitment to fostering creativity, Greater Bank will again provide one exceptional recipient $10,000 to pursue their creative aspirations.

The scholarship not only offers a financial boost for the recipient but also provides all nine finalists across diverse categories, including writing, fashion design, accessory design, art painting, music, dance, digital art, film, and photography, with invaluable mentorship from industry leaders.

“With the inaugural year of the scholarship having been so successful, at Greater Bank we’re thrilled to be involved again. To see Jahvis thrive under this scholarship is wonderful, so we’re looking forward to being able to provide another talented Indigenous storyteller with this amazing opportunity,” Emma Brokate, Greater Bank Chief Distribution Officer said.

The recipient of the scholarship will be unveiled at an event being held at the Murrook Culture Centre on July 11, 2024, coinciding with NAIDOC Week.

To commemorate this celebration of Indigenous creativity, a special edition of Façon Magazine will be curated, profiling the outstanding finalists from each category.

Loveday’s 2023 film mentor, Matt Field (Kuku Yalanji country in Far North Queensland) is a broadcaster and television producer, best known in Newcastle for Music People and his involvement with the Adamstown Bowling Club’s live music scene.

“The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship is a wonderful celebration of the diverse artistry we have through our First Nation creatives. All storytellers who were nominated were able to use their unique creative gifts to connect community with Country, and it was an honor to share space with all the nominees.

“It was a privilege to meet Jahvis and hear his aspirations. He is a truly gifted visual storyteller and I'm looking forward to following this scholarship program for many years to come,” Matt Field said.

Applications are now open for Indigenous individuals, aged 18 and above, residing in New South Wales. For full details regarding submissions, visit Façon Magazine and Greater Bank.