First Nations Arts and Culture

STA acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we create, live & work. We support and benefit from First Nations creatives, colleagues and communities. We are grateful for the distinctive and important status of First Nations peoples. STA pay our respects to the Elders of this County, past, present and emerging. 

There are many language groups who live and meet across the region where STA operate. Three of the main areas are; Wiradjuri Country coming in from the west, across the north is Gundungurra Country and the south is Ngunnawal Country. You can visit the Map of Indigenous Australia to find out those Country you are on.

This page is a place to gather stories and resources. Where STA feature First Nations content from across our region and the nation. Join us to celebrate the oldest living culture on the planet, spanning back tens of thousands of years.

Options & Projects

Woven Together
First Nations weaving workshops with Ronnie Jordan from Culture On the Move. 

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Alliance Advocate, support & opportunities for Aboriginal Artists and Communities in Regional NSW.
STA is proud to work with ARAA.

🔥 3-10 Jul Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for NAIDOC Week  2022 Check out NAIDOC activities across Australia.

Weaving with Ronnie Jordan

Hang out anytime by the river with Ronnie to find out more about her culture and make a woven animal.

Always Will Be! by Djon Mundine. Statement dressing!

First Nations Exhibition at the STA Gallery online
Includes paintings, drawing, prints and objects. An STA Gallery exhibition.

Funding & Opportunities

Maisie’s Choir 
Get together and sing in Yass with Heather Bullock. and get the fabulous scarf designed by Wiradjuri artist Jenny Johnson.

Creative Koori Projects aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW.

Indigenous Contemporary Music program Indigenous-led organisations who provide professional industry-based opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and bands.

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants Assist Aboriginal communities and individuals, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects.

Opportunities for First Nations Artists through The Australia Council

First Nations funding opportunities currently on offer through Grant Connect.

Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program at the NGA in Canberra

Grant opportunities under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy  (IAS) is the way the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programs for Indigenous Australians.

Jodie Munday One Nation – Many People 2021

STA Acknowledgment of Country Commission

STA worked with Jodie Munday to create our First Nations acknowledgment screen when you arrive at our site using Jodie’s work One Nation – Many People. 

This work is a representation of our land and our people. The Magenta background is symbolic of our rich soils and our rich history. The large waterhole in the background connects life and land to water which both need to survive and thrive. The black and white circles in the centre of the image represent our ancestors.
Spreading out across the work are many orange circles which represent different people and different mobs. These circles are joined across many paths to each other and our ancestors.
This work tells the story that no matter how far we travel or what path we take in life we are always connected to our ancestors and we travel our journey with their knowledge, strength and guidance always by our sides and in our hearts.                                    
Jodie Munday

Creative Directory

The STA Creative Directory is the place to find artists, designers, creatives and cultural organisations right across the Southern Tablelands and Highlands of NSW. A directory Listing is FREE for STA Members. Add your listing here. 

First Nations Artists

Dashanti Carr

Dashanti is a 17-year-old 4th generation Aboriginal artist living in Berrima.

Caitlin Sheedy

Cat Sheedy is a young First Nations woman from the Hilltops Shire, currently residing in Young after spending much of her childhood and early teens

Alfie Walker

Alfie is a Wiradjuri Gibir, Yuin man & local Aboriginal story teller. Alfie is sharing his stories through Contemporary Aboriginal rock painting

Djon Mundine

Djon Mundine OAM is a proud Bandjalung man. Mundine is a curator, writer, artist and activist and is celebrated as a foundational figure in the criticism

Jenny Johnson

Jenny is a member of the Wiradjuri Tribe and she has a strong cultural link to the Wiradjuri lands through her mother and has adopted

Culture on the Move

Ronnie Jordan. Cultural knowledge workshops for preschool, Schools, Government, Corporate and Communities.

Jodie Munday – Cr8tive Art

I have been studying art and building my skills for most of my life. My passion for Visual Arts really took hold during my high

Local Organisations

First Nations Resources and Links

STA First Nations Commitment

STA works to promote and support First Nations peoples to achieve creative and cultural outcomes.

We will work respectfully and effectively with First Nations peoples, families and communities.

STA is committed to being a culturally safe and competent organisation. Working to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations stakeholders and organisations, using our sphere of influence to feature First Nations culture, enhance employment and opportunities to creatively express and practice culture.

We promise to learn slowing, listen often and respect the sovereignty of First Nations people.

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0427 938 110 
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PO Box 1323 Goulburn 2580
ABN 67 208 214 681

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we create, live & work. 

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