Blakdance, The Australia Council And Brisbane Powerhouse present A First Nations Exchange at APAM 2018

Expressions of Interest have now closed

Event dates:   18 - 23 February 2018

Notification:   Week commencing 11 December 2017

About the opportunity

The First Nations Exchange is for market ready artists and arts workers, including producers, presenters and programmers, who have experience in touring and collaborating nationally and internationally, and are looking to increase capability in international collaborations and exchanges.

For the first time, the Exchange will run over the week of APAM, weaving a journey of engagement for artists, producers and presenters.

The Exchange will bring together First Nations contemporary performing artists and arts workers from around the globe to network and increase visibility and mobilisation, and promote direct market outcomes.

Exchange elements include –

  • Critical Discourse (post-show talks) presented by YIRRAMBOI and the Black Critics
  • Daily Indigenous led, global market development provocations
  • Curated pitches with presenter series delegates
  • Tailored networking and relationship cultivation with presenter series delegates  

The First Nations Exchange will:

  • Strengthen collaboration and partnerships nationally and internationally
  • Increase the number of bilateral and multi-lateral projects between Australian and international First Nations arts organisations and artists, generating new international activity
  • Build the network and profile for First Nations arts leaders
  • Facilitate the environment for mobilisation of work.

The Australia Council, Brisbane Powerhouse and BlakDance are working with a global First Nations curatorial panel to develop the program and select participants for the First Nations Exchange at APAM 2018.


We are working in collaboration withstate and territory arts agencies to provide support for the First Nations Exchange. Please note that the level of support is unconfirmed and funding is not guaranteed.


This opportunity is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers.

Selection Criteria – First Nations Exchange program

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

Impact of the opportunity

  • How the opportunity will strengthen your capacity as an arts professional and/or organisation to deliver your international exchange goals
  • How the opportunity delivers on your international development plan
  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed opportunity in delivering your international development plan.

Market readiness

  • Whether you have a demonstrated history of working internationally
  • Whether you have undertaken any exchange projects to date and/or how exchange features as a priority in your international development plan
  • How being at this event will consolidate and increase your target contacts and partnerships
  • How you define the potential of your work at this international event.

Supporting material

No supporting material or submitted budget is required. Please note that applicants will be unable to attach supporting material to your online application.

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider Expressions of Interest according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by the Tri Nation’s curatorial advisory group: Ben Graetz (Muran, Malak Malak and Badu Island), Angela Flynn (Tiwi, Larrakia and Chinese), Dolina Wehipeihana (Ngati Tukorehe, Ngati Raukawa), Amber Curreen (Ngāpuhi, Pākehā), Jacob Boehme (Narangga and Kaurna), Patti Shaughnessy (Curve Lake First Nation, Wshkiigimong) and Denise Boulduc (Anishinaabe, Lake Superior territory and member of the Batchewana First Nation).

You will be informed of the outcome of your Expression of Interest by week commencing 11 December 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of Interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ (drop down) and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Select ‘Start a new EOI’.

In the ‘Project Description’ field, enter the title of the program.

Submit your written response to the selection criteria in the ‘Detailed Description’ text field.

Note, this is an Expression of Interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.


To discuss your Expression of Interest for the First Nations Exchange, please contact Ellen Dwyer, Project Officer, International Projects on 02 9215 9051 or

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