9 Oct 2016 /

The integral role of First Nations people in the arts are at the fore of the ARTLANDS DUBBO conference program. Saturday’s program interrogates the CONNECTEDNESS theme, joined-up thinking and connecting within a local, national and global context, leading with a key note from Lee-Ann Buckskin, A Culture of Innovation and Capability. Indigenous culture is widely regarded as central to the foundation of Australia’s cultural identity but how are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused programs developed and delivered of from a position of cultural authority?

Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin is a Narungga, Kaurna, Wirangu, Wotjobaluk woman and is well known throughout the Australian, Indigenous and international arts communities. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of South Australia. Lee-Ann has worked across many major Festivals and events within Australia including Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals of Arts.

Currently a Board Director for the Australia Council for the Arts, she is one of seven national champions for the Barangaroo re-development site in Sydney and is Co-Chair of a new International Festival Tarnanthi – Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts held in South Australia last year.