The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to empower voice through art. Wilin has a number of outreach programs that sit within community as well as programs that bring communities and Indigenous artists and cultural practitioners into the Centre. Likewise, Wilin also has a number of programs through which the wider community can access Indigenous arts and culture.
The Wilin Centre has a number of partnerships that seek to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and future students with opportunities to build their skills in the arts and culture sector.
Wilin and VCA Film and Television take their Making Movies program to regional Victorian Aboriginal communities and future students can access a number of scholarships Music Theatre and other short courses.
Wilin also has showcase opportunities for Indigenous students at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and production internship opportunities with the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Wilin Week and Indigenous Artists in Residence
Wilin Week is the Faculty's annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture. Indigenous artists are invited in to the Wilin Centre to hold workshops, give lectures, create work and share knowledge with students, staff and members of the public.
Held every year in March/April, Wilin Week typically features hands-on workshops in Indigenous cultural practice, the Lin Onus Oration, film screenings, music and the annual Lighting of the Wilin ceremony.
Marrang: Cross Cultural Education
The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development invites you to register to join us for Marrang ‘great meeting’ / ‘the giver to me’ (Gunditjmara language).
Marrang provides the opportunity to learn how you as an Academic, Professional Staff member or student can improve your knowledge base about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, ways and needs.
The Marrang cultural awareness workshops will assist you in revisiting existing culturally safe policies and processes in your area of expertise and workplace, or help you create and develop culturally safe process and policy.
The Wilin Centre Marrang are one-day workshops. Wilin also provides the option of tailoring specific Marrang workshops for the likes of departments, schools and teams of all sorts.
Lin Onus Oration
The Lin Onus Oration is the Wilin Centre's annual oration where we hear from esteemed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural practitioners.
Named after famed Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus, the Oration seeks to provoke thought, discussion and debate in relation to Indigenous arts and culture.
Wilin Celebrate is the Centre’s annual celebration of the year that was. Presenting works from Indigenous students at the Faculty, Wilin Celebrate includes both the visual and performing arts.
Wilin Celebrate is held every year in October/November and is a great opportunity to celebrate Indigenous successes.