First Nations fashion receives over half a million in funding

21 First Nations fashion trailblazers share more than $500,000 from Australia Council’s inaugural Flourish fund.

Recipients of Australia Council’s inaugural Flourish fund for First Nations fashion and textile design have been announced.

More than $500,000 ($506,110 to be exact) has been awarded to 21 recipients including First Nations designers, and First Nations owned and run businesses and community arts organisations from across Australia.

This is Australia Council’s first funding initiative dedicated to First Nations fashion, which will support production and design, as well as professional development and increased digital visibility for the First Nations Textile design and fashion sector.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.