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First Nations businesses receive grants to “Flourish”

27 July 2022 at 12:01 pm
Danielle Kutchel
The grants can be used by the recipients to support their professional development and the growth of their business.

Danielle Kutchel | 27 July 2022 at 12:01 pm


First Nations businesses receive grants to “Flourish”
27 July 2022 at 12:01 pm

The Flourish Fund grants can be used by the recipients to support their professional development and the growth of their business.

First Nations designers and First Nations-owned and run businesses and community arts organisations are among the recipients of the Australia Council for the Arts’ new Flourish Fund.

The Flourish First Nations Textile Design and Fashion Innovation Fund provides grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 to First Nations individuals, groups and organisations working in textile design and fashion.

The grants can be used to support design, production, capacity building, marketing, professional development and digital visibility, with the Fund aiming to support these individuals and organisations with economic, cultural and social development opportunities.

Among the recipients is founder of House of Darwin, Shauny Edward. Edwards said he was “humbled and proud” to receive a Flourish grant.

“[This] allows us to reach for the stars and try to take on the big brands around Australia and the world as this investment gives us the opportunity to bring in a world-class mind to grow and expand beyond the borders of the Northern Territory,” he said.

Founder of Gammin Threads, Tahnee Edwards, said she would use the grant to develop a range of accessories to diversify her product offering.

“This grant will… help me to broaden my skills and processes in product design and development as well as supporting Gammin Threads’ revenue growth by offering additional pieces and price-points, engaging more diverse audiences, and ensuring everyone can have access to First Nations design,” she said.

Australia Council executive director First Nations arts and culture, Franchesca Cubillo added: “This investment supports the continued strength, flourishing and visibility of First Nations textile design and fashion – and its important contribution to cultural expression.” 

The full list of recipients is as follows:

  • Tiwi Designs Aboriginal Corporation (Northern Territory)– for training initiatives in silkscreen artwork translation, screen making and textile production.
  • Kinaway Chamber of Commerce (Victoria) – for its KIN Textile Library – artistic resource for creatives expanding their practice to include textile
  • Liandra Gaykamang (Northern Territory) – The Deep Sea Collection: Together, Apart Lets Interact
  • House of Darwin (Northern Territory) – scaling their retail footprint and activations nationally & internationally
  • Lyllardya Houston (New South Wales) – Walumarra Collection 2022
  • Gammin Threads (Victoria) – Gammin threads Accessories Range
  • Nathan McGuire (New South Wales) – Solid Ochre – Debut Collection at Australian Fashion Week May 2023
  • Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation (Northern Territory) – Ikuntji Artists at the London Pacific Fashion Week 2022 + Pacific Arts
  • Ananguku Arts & Cultural Aboriginal Corporation (South Australia) – Iwiri and Ku Arts Textile Project
  • Injalak Arts & Crafts Aboriginal Corporation (Northern Territory) – Arnhem Land Textile Design Workshop hosted and run on country by Injalak Arts
  • Maria Caldwell (New South Wales) – Bundjalung Textile & Design Industry Development for emerging/mid-career creatives.
  • Jarin Baigent (New South Wales) – for Jarin Street – Manfacturing/supply support & Digital Marketing/presence support
  • Paul McCann (Victoria) – Paul McCann: Evolution of Indigenous Artistic Practice across Fashion Design, Jewellery and Painting
  • Jedess Hudson (Queensland) – Pixelated Dreaming – Digital Fusion for Fashion
  • PR Creative (Northern Territory) – Studio North x Yarrenyty Altere Artists Capsule Collection
  • Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation (Western Australia) – Emerging Juluwarlu designs and designers sharing Yindjibarndi culture
  • Rebecca Barlow (Western Australia) – Mambakoort Collection Deadly Denim
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (Northern Territory) – research on digital marketing platform for Indigenous Art Centres’ textiles and fashion
  • Ngali pty ltd (Victoria) – Ngali – expanding First Nations Creativity in the Domestic and Global Fashion Market
  • Julie Appo (Queensland) – ‘Gnarla’ will support activities to extend Julie’s art practice, together with an online retail platform.
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council (Queensland) – Yarrabah Fashion Style 2023

Danielle Kutchel  |  @ProBonoNews

Danielle is a journalist specialising in disability and CALD issues, and social justice reporting. Reach her on or on Twitter @D_Kutchel.

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