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Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

SOLID GROUND

CARRIAGEWORKS AND BLACKTOWN ARTS CENTRE PRESENT

SOLID GROUND

A new three-year strategy established in partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre that will provide pathways for young Indigenous people in NSW into the arts and cultural industries. Solid Ground will create designed tertiary education and on the job training programs for 90 young Indigenous people from across Redfern, Waterloo and Blacktown. The Strategy includes an In Schools Program, Tertiary Partnership Program, mentorships and the producing of new Indigenous work. This initiative is supported by the Australian Government.

TONY ALBERT, WE CAN BE HEROES 2013 (DETAIL) COURTESY ARTIST AND SULLIVAN + STRUMPF

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At Carriageworks we make connections.

We connect audiences to artists, individuals to community, history to the present. To deliver on our commitment to connect young people with their own future, we have developed the major new initiative Solid Ground in partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre. Solid Ground engages Indigenous young people living in the Redfern, Blacktown and Waterloo areas and provides pathways to education and employment.

Young Indigenous Australians in Western Sydney face significant barriers to education and employment. With only 1.3% of Indigenous young people in Blacktown going on to tertiary education, and only 19% of Indigenous people aged over 15 completing year 12, the disconnection is real. We need your help to provide the opportunities that will turn these statistics around for the better.

SOLID GROUND identifies young Indigenous students at risk of leaving secondary education – and those who have already left – and connects them with the arts industry through a comprehensive program of individually devised education and on-the-job training within the arts sector to develop new skills.

Our partners at Blacktown Arts Centre, the National Art School, The National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association, The Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and secondary schools across Sydney understand the geographical, cultural and socioeconomic obstacles faced by Indigenous students when accessing traditional education programs. Together we will provide a strong network of support and mentorship to create meaningful change in students’ lives – now and for the future.

SOLID GROUND creates training, education and employment pathways into the Arts and Cultural Industries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in NSW. But we can’t do it without your help.

Carriageworks has a long and proud history of engagement and support of Aboriginal artists and communities. Today Carriageworks is a national leader in the development and presentation of contemporary Aboriginal arts practice. We provide agency and opportunity to Aboriginal Australians and respect and celebrate Aboriginal culture. We invite you to join us.