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For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact

Martina Mrongovius

E: mmrongovius@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

P: 02 4921 0387


Lake Macquarie’s population is 204,166 (2018) with 4.1% people identifying as Aboriginal.

Population is steadily growing with a forecast of 265,000 in 2031, making it the largest regional city in New South Wales.

Over the past 20 years, Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang (MAC yapang) has played a key role in supporting cultural practice in the City. A specific feature of this role is acknowledging and engaging with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as the First Peoples, and working with the community to provide a place where Aboriginal voices can be heard and culture presented.

As part of a commitment to offering skill development opportunities in the creative industries Lake Macquarie City Council will offer two funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts placements for emerging arts and cultural professionals.

In 2021 we are offering two placements, with a choice of:

  1. Curatorial, Public Programs and Education
  2. Digital Arts, Documentation, Design and Marketing

Working across these areas of creative arts practice a project will be developed that combines professional development and a presentation outcome.

The successful applicants will work closely with the Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang (MAC yapang) and Multi Arts Place Lake Macquarie, mima (MAP mima) teams on specific exhibition projects and will be encourage to develop strong community and professional links throughout the placement.

Each successful applicant will have a staff mentor who will work with them to develop industry relevant skills. Opportunities to liaise with the Aboriginal Reference Group and appropriate Awabakal knowledge holders will be facilitated.

As a part of the placement, the applicants will complete a three-day professional development experience – such as at museum or gallery in Sydney or Canberra alongside an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island practitioner or other institution. In addition, the practitioners will be invited to Lake Macquarie to continue mentorship and participate in the GLAM or yapang symposiums.

At the conclusion of the placement each successful applicant will have a portfolio of work developed with the support of staff and industry contacts to assist them in further career opportunities.


Each successful applicant will receive a bursary of $4000. Payments will be made in three sets, $1,300 at the start of the placement, $1300 mid way through and the final $1400 at the conclusion of the placement.

In addition to the bursary the three-day professional development experience will be supported by Lake Macquarie City Council, with costs of travel, accommodation and professional development covered.

Lake Macquarie City Council will also support successful applicants in acquiring NAVA Premium Membership which includes public liability insurance and ABN numbers, allowing them to be engaged as contractors. If the applicant does not complete the placement cost of the NAVA membership may be charged to them.

  • Applications open Wednesday 19 May 2021
  • Applications close on Monday 14 June 2020 at 4pm
  • All applicants will be notified by Monday 21 June 2020

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Deadline: 14/06/2021 4:00 pm (Timezone: Australia/Perth)

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