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.

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This project is presented in partnership with Blacktown Arts, and supported by The Australian Government, The Crown Resorts Foundation and The Packer Family Foundation.

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Set within our 4 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. For 2019, the artists include Emma Donovan, Darren Compton, Marcus Corowa and Sani-Ray Townson. Read about the 2020 Artists in Residence here.

The Tertiary Skills program creates pathways into secondary and tertiary education for young Indigenous artists and arts workers. The program features multi-year partnerships with The National Art School, NAISDA and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Solid Ground provides Paid Internships across the arts sector for Indigenous Australians aged 18-25. Participants are supported by our team as they contribute to the production and presentation of exciting contemporary Indigenous work across theatre, dance, visual arts and music.