Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Building upon its inaugural initiative, Façon Australia, supported by Greater Bank, has proudly announced the launch of the second annual ‘Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship’ (or ‘Djuyalgal Scholarship’ in the traditional Gathang language of the Worimi People). 

Façon Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Lara Lupish emphasises the importance of the program. 

“This initiative aims to empower Indigenous storytellers in New South Wales, providing them with the resources and support necessary to contribute their unique perspectives to the creative arts landscape.” said Lara. 

Recipient of the 2023 Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship, filmmaker Jahvis Loveday (from the Dyirbal tribe, who was born and raised on Bundjalung country in the Northern Rivers), reflects on the profound impact of the program, stating, the scholarship was a privilege last year. 

“The scholarship helped me kick start incredible projects over the past year, collaborating with Indigenous artists from my region and beyond.” said Jahvis. 

“I am excited to see the level of artists in this year’s event, showcasing various art forms.”  

Continuing their commitment to fostering creativity, Greater Bank will again provide one exceptional recipient $10,000 to pursue their creative aspirations. 

The scholarship not only offers a financial boost for the recipient but also provides all nine finalists across diverse categories, including writing, fashion design, accessory design, art painting, music, dance, digital art, film, and photography, with invaluable mentorship from industry leaders. 

“With the inaugural year of the scholarship having been so successful, at Greater Bank we’re thrilled to be involved again.” said Greater Bank Chief Distribution Officer Emma Brokate. 

“To see Jahvis thrive under this scholarship is wonderful, so we’re looking forward to being able to provide another talented Indigenous storyteller with this amazing opportunity.” 

The recipient of the scholarship will be unveiled at an event on July 11, 2024, coinciding with NAIDOC Week.  

Applications are now open for Indigenous individuals, aged 18 and above, residing in New South Wales. 

For full details regarding submissions, visit Façon Magazine and Greater Bank at https://www.faconaustralia.com/scholarship/ and https://www.greater.com.au/.

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