New ARC Funding to Improve Indigenous Representation in Creative Practice

Image: Glenda Nicholls, Feather Flower, 1994. Photographed by Graham Baring.

Monash Art, Design and Architecture’s Dr Brian Martin has been announced as a recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Indigenous Discovery grant in the latest funding round.

Dr Martin’s project will investigate how Indigenous Design Charters improve the representation of Indigenous content in professional creative practice.

The research team includes Mr Jefa Greenaway from The University of Melbourne and Greenaway Architects, Associate Professor Meghan Kelly and Dr Russel Kennedy from Deakin University, and Assistant Professors Howard Munroe and Jason Baerg from Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Through in-depth Australian and Canadian case studies, this collaborative project will use an Indigenous research paradigm to understand the significance of building ethical relationships between practitioners, stakeholders and Indigenous Knowledge.

The project will increase Indigenous representation in industry and research training, provide new resources to engage appropriately with Indigenous Knowledge and build cultural capacity and competency within professional creative practice.

This is an exciting and much needed area of research, with the potential to both increase and enhance Indigenous presence in creative practice and lead to greater international collaboration between practice based researchers.

Dr Martin is Monash ADA’s inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous and leads the Faculty’s Wominjeka Djeembana lab. He is a descendant of Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples and has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years, exhibiting nationally and internationally.

He was a co-author of the Indigenous Design Charter, providing best practice protocols and guidelines for design practitioners, educators and students, and outlining the steps for designers and buyers of design to follow when representing Indigenous culture in their professional practice.

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