Solid Ground provides education, training and employment pathways for Indigenous Australian youth in Redfern, Waterloo and Blacktown. Established in 2015, it is a major initiative from Carriageworks and Blacktown Arts Centre. The program includes three key strands: an Artist-In-Residence Program at select secondary schools, a Tertiary Skills Program and Paid Internships.
This initiative is supported by The Australian Government, The Crown Resorts Foundation and The Packer Family Foundation.
Set within schools, this program enables students to make new works linked to the NSW Curriculum. Guided by leading Indigenous artists, the program provides hands-on learning experiences across dance, performance, composition, recording and visual art. For 2019, the artists include Emma Donovan and Darren Compton.
The Tertiary Skills program creates pathways into secondary and tertiary education for young Indigenous artists and art workers. The program features multi-year partnerships with The National Art School, NAISDA and the Australian Film and Television School.
Solid Ground provides Paid Internships across the arts sector for Indigenous Australians aged 18-25. The Carriageworks team support participants as they contribute to the production and presentation of new urban Indigenous work across theatre, dance, visual arts and music.