First Nations arts leaders find hope in election result

The new Labor government's opening statements offer hopeful signs for two First Nations arts leaders.
two indigenous actors (Kylie Doomadgee and Rachael Maza) on stage, one is speaking into a microphone, backgrounded by screens showing Indigenous people holding microphones

After nine years of Coalition rule, Labor’s win on Saturday has significant implications for Indigenous arts and culture in this country.

According to Rachael Maza (a Yidinji Meriam artist and Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre) and Daniel Riley (a Wiradjuri artist and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT)) the next three years of government hold great promise for meaningful change.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).