Report shows First Nations artists face challenge of stereotypes

New research from the Australia Council explores the perspectives of First Nations artists working in theatre and dance, and while the overall picture is on the upswing, the sector is being held back by stereotypes.

A recent report commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts, demonstrates a continued need to challenge narrow perceptions of what constitutes First Nations theatre and dance.

Titled Creating Art Part 1: The makers’ view of pathways for First Nations theatre and dance (August 2020), it is the third in a series of in-depth research pieces commissioned by the Council, since 2013.

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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