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Facon magazine opens applications for Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship

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Striving to nurture art, creativity and culture, the Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship or Djuyalgal Scholarship - meaning 'the one who is telling the story' in Gathang language - is a program created by Australian fashion magazine Façon, with further support from Greater Bank.

With a mission to connect their regional community to Indigenous expression and art, the Australian fashion magazine is supporting and advocating for this mission through supporting the culture, arts and creativity of Australia's First Nations people.

Designed to celebrate, sustain and grow Indigenous art and design in New South Wales, this year Greater Bank will again provide a $10,000 scholarship to support the successful recipient's creative aspirations, with guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre.

On July 11 this year, during NAIDOC Week, an event will take place to announce the winner and a special edition Façon Magazine will be created that will profile the finalists from each category.

The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship 2023 event. (Image: supplied)

In 2023 Greater Bank awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Jahvis Loveday to pursue his film-making career. Mr Loveday said the scholarship did assist him in kickstarting some incredible projects.

"To be the recipient of The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship was a privilege last year, it was such an incredible feeling to be able to go to the event and see not only my work, but all the other Indigenous finalist works on display," he said.

"The scholarship really helped me kick start some incredible projects over the past year that have allowed me to collaborate with many different indigenous artists from my region and beyond. I can't wait to see the level of artists in this year's event, it's such a great way to showcase many different art forms."

The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship 2023 winner Jahvis Loveday. (Image: Supplied)

With the scholarship program consisting of nine differing creative discipline categories (Fashion design, Accessory design, Art painting, Music, Dance, Writing, Digital art, Film and Photography), a single finalist for each category will be selected and a recipient will be chosen from these finalists.

The nine finalists and scholarship recipients will be decided by the programs committee using selection criteria. The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship committee is made up of local business leaders and First Nations voices from the community.

Not only will the recipient receive a $10,000 Scholarship from Greater Bank but also a mentoring session with a leading voice from their creative discipline as well as Guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre and the use of their facilities.

Model Samantha Harris at The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship 2023 event. (Image: Supplied)

With nine significantly creative categories, a wealth of fresh First Nations talent and more hype than ever before, panellists believe that this year's competition is set to shine a light on Australia's community of top-performing creators.

Applications for The Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship close on the 18th of April 2024.

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