Set within our four public secondary 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. Read more about our Artists-in-Residence below.

Image: Solid Ground Artworks, Party Protest Remember, 2022. Image by Joseph Mayers.

Monks performs on stage bathed in blue light
Shannon Smith, aka. Monks (Gomeroi) 
Alexandria Park Community School

Monks, a Gomeroi man on Bundjalung land, is a versatile artist known for his expertise in hip-hop lyricism and digital illustration. He actively engages with his community, hosting the Black Poets Society events in Lismore and highlighting Aboriginal artists on community radio, all while constantly pursuing new creative endeavors.
Nathan Leslie 
Chifley Bidwill Campus

Nathan, a proud Gamilaroi and Mandandanji descendant, began his dance journey in 1999, studying at ACPA under Michael Leslie and graduating from WAAPA. He has performed at major events and festivals across Australia, working with renowned choreographers and directors. Nathan is passionate about teaching dance in youth community contexts and conducts workshops that aim to heal, inspire, and raise aspirations through arts and cultural practices. He sees himself as a conduit for his ancestors and ancestral beings, guiding him on his path in dance and culture.
Enoch Mailangi 
Evans High School

Enoch Mailangi, a recent MFA graduate of NIDA, is a 2019-2021 Sydney Theatre Company Emerging Playwright and a current Urban Theatre Project Resident Artist. They are the creator and writer of the AACTA-winning comedy series "All My Friends are Racist," which premiered internationally at Series Mania. Enoch has also written for several series, focusing on teen and children audiences, including Stan Original's "Year Of," SBS's "While The Men Are Away," ABC Kids' "Crazy Fun Park," and the upcoming Stan Original series "Invisible Boys."
Luke Patterson 
Chifley Dunheved Campus

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, educator and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Running Dog and The Suburban Review. Luke’s research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.