AGENCY: New org pairing philanthropy with Indigenous artists

Agency has emerged out of an identified need expressed by cultural leaders, which resonates with Government priorities, academic research and the voice of innovative philanthropists who care deeply about Indigenous people, art and Country.

Creating a new arts organisation usually comes out of identifying a gap or a need, along with a pretty hefty dose of passion to get it off the ground, and then effect change in a particular way.

The recent announcement of Agency – a not-for-profit organisation – comes as a refreshing new voice in the Indigenous arts and culture sector that will provide a key link between Indigenous-led initiatives, Government priorities and social and ethical giving. While it is not limited to the arts, a holistic view of culture is key.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina