Inside the new plan for First Nations visual arts

There's an ambitious new plan for economic and professional growth in First Nations Visual Arts, plus it is backed with cash.

Launched this week (21 October), the National Indigenous Visual Arts Action Plan 2021-2025 (NIVAAP) outlines the Federal Government’s support for First Nations visual arts over the next five years.

Developed by the Australia Council for the Arts, with sector and community consultation, the plan is largely in response to the 2017 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs Inquiry. It found that there was a growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘style’ art and craft products and merchandise for sale.

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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