Mar 19, 2018

The AACHWA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Chadwick (Chad) Creighton as Chief Executive Officer the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia (AACHWA).


Chadwick Creighton

Chad comes from a management role at the Kimberley Land Council in Broome where he has been working closely with traditional owners to secure their native title and building corporate governance support to Aboriginal corporations. His supporting wife Sarah and three children are moving to Perth to share in this new exciting journey.

‘The art sector is vitally important to our society and AACHWA is an organisation that can contribute immensely to the social and cultural life of Australia. AACHWA makes real change to Aboriginal people’s lives by working with artists and supporting the work that art centres do within Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal owned and run art centres are a representation of true self determination. I am excited to be part of this and look forward to working with the art centres of WA’, says Chad.

Chad is a Bardi and Nyul Nyul man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Born in Broome in 1982 he lived in the township and surrounding communities for most of his life. He studied Fine Art at the University of Western Australia and has many years’ experience working with Aboriginal people in the arts and native title. He was the inaugural Indigenous Curatorial Intern with the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Coordinator of the Western Australian Art Award in 2009 and in 2012 to 2013 worked with the Art Gallery of Western Australia to develop the Desert River Sea project. Chad has immense knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and has written for publications such as Art + Australia magazine.


Aboriginal heritage and culture is not only important to Aboriginal people but to all Australians and for almost a decade AACHWA has played a strong role in highlighting Australia’s unique identity. Looking to the future, AACHWA Chair Charmaine Green said ‘over the last few years AACHWA has taken vast strides towards establishing a strong voice for indigenous art in Western Australia, and we’re excited to have Chad to take AACHWA to the next level as a peak body’.

AACHWA works in partnership with Aboriginal art centres across Western Australia to determine pathways for sustainable growth and stability by promoting Aboriginal artworks produced with the support of art centres and promoting the benefits Aboriginal art centres provide to artists, communities and the arts sector. AACHWA brings people together for shared learning experiences and visits art centres to provide support, information, expertise and training. AACHWA develops links and networks to relevant industry sectors including creative industries, tourism, government, private sector and the Aboriginal services industry.


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