About Us

We work with WA Aboriginal Art Centres to celebrate the strength of our art and culture by Promoting, Empowering and Connecting.

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Our History

AACHWA was originally established as a project department within Country Arts WA (now Regional Arts WA) in 2009. Six years later (in 2015) AACHWA became a stand-alone not-for-profit Aboriginal Corporation (registered under the CATSI Act 2006).

Since 2009 AACHWA has:
  • delivered a variety of skills and professional development programs for its member art centre staff, boards and artists
  • provided links to legal assistance, human resource advice and services for its art centre members in times of peak HR demand
  • acted as a representative voice for art centres to the wider arts sector and to funding bodies at all levels of government
  • acted as an effective conduit between art centres and funding bodies, the corporate sector, and government stakeholders.
AACHWA programs and services are currently helping WA art centres to:
  • stabilise their operations and remain steady in volatile conditions
  • improve certain skills of their core staff and/ or their artists
  • reach wider markets for their work
  • communicate with each other more effectively to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilisation of skills and knowledge.
Kado Muir and Director Kuberan Muir on country filming as part of the Indigenous Languages and the Arts Project 2019. Photo by Sohan Ariel Hayes
Kado Muir and Director Kuberan Muir on country filming as part of the Indigenous Languages and the Arts Project 2019. Photo by Sohan Ariel Hayes.

 

AACHWA Launch Event, 2015. Debbie Millard, Charmaine Green, Paul Rosair, Mr Cameron (Dec), Loreen Samson, Kado Muir, Christina Araujo and Ezzard Flowers.
AACHWA Launch Event, 2015. Debbie Millard, Charmaine Green, Paul Rosair, Mr Cameron (Dec), Loreen Samson, Kado Muir, Christina Araujo and Ezzard Flowers.

Mission and Values

Our Mission

We work with WA Aboriginal Art Centres to celebrate the strength of our art and culture by:

Promoting: we are a strong voice for art centres

Empowering: we encourage best practice, facilitate targeted training opportunities and encourage leadership within younger generations

Connecting: we build strong networks with members and partners

 

Our Values

In this work we are guided by our priority values of Cultural maintenance;
Respect; Trust; Independence; Fairness and Equity and Collaboration.

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Our Team

Chad Creighton

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Rachael Vincent

Manager

Sue Buck

Projects Coordinator

Glenda Dixon

Training Programs and Events Coordinator

Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle

Project Consultation and Development Officer

Narelle Doran

Finance Officer

Jo Pickup

Grants and Development Officer

Ella Winterbottom

Design and Marketing Officer

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Our Board

Lynette Yu-Mackay

Chairperson
Nagula Jarndu Designs, Broome

Kuberan Muir

Deputy Chairperson
Walkatjurra Art and Culture Centre, Leonora

John McLean

Treasurer
Non-member Specialist Director

Christina Araujo

Non-member Specialist Director
Non-member Specialist Director

Maureen Baker

Member Director
Warakurna Art Centre, Warakurna Community

Mark Smith

Member Director
Yamaji Arts, Geraldton

Job Opportunities

Admin and Finance Coordinator

The AFC will have a significant impact on the level and quality of corporate governance and governance culture within the organisation. They will be responsible for assisting the AACHWA Board to achieve the organisation’s vision and strategy, and for providing high level administrative and finance support to the CEO and Manager. We require someone who is collaborative, self-motivated and can demonstrate initiative. They must have the ability to work well with the breadth of people working in and around AACHWA, including the Board, staff, Art Centre membership as well as the many regional Aboriginal artists and community members who initiate, coordinate and participate in AACHWA activities.

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