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Media release – Dark Mofo, 30 April 2021 Dark Mofo announces Tasmanian Aboriginal art funding and appoints cultural advisors DarkLab Creative Director Leigh Carmichael has announced a $60,000 seed fund for Tasmanian Aboriginal artists to develop proposals for future Dark Mofo festivals. The fund will be entirely managed by a yet to be appointed First […]

Media release – Dark Mofo, 30 April 2021

Dark Mofo announces Tasmanian Aboriginal art funding and appoints cultural advisors

DarkLab Creative Director Leigh Carmichael has announced a $60,000 seed fund for Tasmanian Aboriginal artists to develop proposals for future Dark Mofo festivals.

The fund will be entirely managed by a yet to be appointed First Nations cultural advisory group.

Leigh Carmichael said: “This is just our first step, and we hope this announcement demonstrates our commitment to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The new seed funding program will give local artists an opportunity to develop new ideas and new work for inclusion in future Dark Mofo festivals.

“We want to present more local content, and believe this program will provide Tasmanian Aboriginal artists with support to develop their projects, and ensure they will be well represented going forward.

“Curatorial and budgetary decisions relating to the seed funding program will be determined by Aboriginal people.

“We are having many positive discussions with Tasmanian Aboriginal people, and I have no doubt that this will result in a more culturally significant program in the future.”

DarkLab is inviting Tasmanian Aboriginal people with cultural experience to make contact, if they wish to be involved: creativedirector@darklab.net.au

Appointment of cultural advisors for Dark Mofo 2021

The festival has appointed two cultural advisors for Dark Mofo 2021; Caleb Nichols-Mansell for local engagement, and Dylan Hoskins for mainland engagement.

Caleb Nichols-Mansell is a visual artist and photographer and the Founder and Creative Director of Blackspace Creative Arts and Cultural Hub. He is a proud palawa man whose lineage traces back to his Ancestral Grandfather, Chief Mannalargenna through his daughters and their descendants. Caleb has been commissioned to present artworks for the University of Tasmania, Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival, Constance ARI, Tasmanian Eco Collective, Tasmania Performs, plus local schools and organisations.

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Caleb Nichols-Mansell said: “I’m excited by this new role with Dark Mofo and the opportunities it’ll afford our community artists through extension. This is a time for DarkLab and others to repair damaged relationships with the broader community, look towards the future, and find how best we can work together to showcase the deeply connected arts and cultural industry within this state.

“I look forward to working with the team and my community throughout this process to ensure all voices are heard and considered. My hopes are that through this process we are able to continue raising the profile and platform of our artists and their deep-time connections to culture, country and community.”

Dylan Hoskins is a Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti man who works within the music and festival industry. He has been employed at Mona and DarkLab for the past three years, working across a number of areas with the organisation. He has a strong connection to his culture and his people while striving for improved relations within the broader community.

Dylan Hoskins said: “Mona and DarkLab have presented me with opportunities over the years to learn, perform and work in a supported, respectful and safe environment. I think it’s extremely important that First Nations people have our voices in festivals like Dark Mofo to ensure that the steps forward are ones of cultural integrity.

“It’s time to yarn, to reflect and to heal! I’m a proud Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti man living on palawa land and I look forward to creating pathways for future mob and creating a deeper understanding of a culturally safe space.”

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Dark Mofo 2021

Mona’s winter festival Dark Mofo returns for its eighth iteration this June, illuminating the darkest Hobart nights.

The Dark Mofo program will be revealed in May. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, much of the program will be free.

In the meantime, pencil in these key dates: Winter Feast (Wednesday 16–Sunday 20 June), Ogoh-Ogoh: The Burning (Sunday 20 June), Solstice Fireworks (Monday 21 June), and the Nude Solstice Swim (Tuesday 22 June, sunrise).

Organisers can reveal they are planning to turn the lights off in the CBD and create a Dark Downtown district in and around the Hanging Garden precinct with free entry. Expect lasers, fire, art installations, performance, bars and street food.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/dark-mofo-backs-tasmanian-aboriginal-art-involvement/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dark-mofo-backs-tasmanian-aboriginal-art-involvement

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