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First Nations agency Solid Lines launches new storytelling workshop

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Known for representing, profiling and growing some of the industry's top-performing First Nations creatives, Indigenous-led illustration agency Solid Lines has kicked off 2024 with the announcement of their newly-launched First Nations Design and Storytelling workshop.  

Created with the aim of giving back to the community of young Indigenous people in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the First Nations Design and Storytelling workshop will take place in the city on the 18th and 19th  of April this year.    

Solid Lines co-founder and artist Emrhan Tjapanangka Sultan told StyleUp: “We are excited to announce our upcoming workshop, conceived with the aim of giving back to the vibrant community of young First Nations people in Mparntwe."

“This initiative stems from the very roots of Solid Lines, where the idea first took shape, so it’s only fitting that we return, driven by our commitment to fostering positive change and providing opportunities for all in the creative design space and creating a mural the participants can be proud of," he said.

Promotional material for the First Nations Design and Storytelling workshop. (Image: Instagram 


Led by Tjapanangka and Solid Lines artist Coree Thorpe, the workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn a range of digital design skills, engage in creative storytelling activities, paint a collaborative mural and find out more about working in the commercial design and illustration industry.

“Participants will have the opportunity to delve into the rich learning experiences of working within the creative design space. Through engaging sessions, they will explore various aspects of mural design, from conceptualisation to execution,” Mr Tjapanangka Sultan told Style Up.

“Our workshop will provide practical insights and hands-on guidance on how to plan out a mural design, considering factors such as theme, scale, and engagement.”

 (Image: Instagram 


With applications now open for participants to apply for the workshop, Tjapanangka Sultan confirms that spots are limited, with applications closing on the 5th of April, 2024.  

“We have opened up the application to accommodate for a maximum of 20 participants for the workshop and up to 10 to help create and paint the mural,” he said.

Aside from this being a new and exciting opportunity for creatives it is also a new venture for Solid Lines itself, with the First Nations Design and Storytelling workshop being the first workshop the agency has developed and launched.

“Yes, this is the first (workshop) since we launched Solid Lines, and we hope to deliver more in the future in other parts of the country. We are also looking at ways to collaborate with other agencies in the art world and we encourage them to get in contact with us for a yarn,” he said.

 (Image: Instagram 


Created by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) researcher Dr Nicola St John, Solid Lines co-researcher Tjapanangka  (Western Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha) and the Jacky Winter Group, Solid Lines has become known as a leading organisation in the First Nations community.

Applications for the First Nations Design and Storytelling Workshop close on the 5th of April, 2024.

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