ARTISTS

I am a proud Gunditjmara and Tiwi Islander young woman. I live and work on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne as a 20-year-old who graduated from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School in 2018. I’ve worked in state and local government.

I created my own business in 2020 during Covid-19, Sweet Water Art. I print stickers, cards, bookmarks, create canvas, digital, and commissioned pieces of art. I love creating art from the ideas I’ve had my whole life. My family have always encouraged me to dream big, work hard, and have fun while doing it.

My biggest obstacle turned into my biggest achievement when I was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2015 and had to have immediate surgery.

I wasn’t able to continue my dream of being in teh Women’s AFL. After a lot of physical and mental healing I shifted my thinking and created new dreams that focused on art and boxing to keep fit.

I was later selected to be the first ever Valevictorian for my school and was able to speak and represent my whole year level at the end of year 12.

Now I always look forward and take on any opportunity that is thrown at me so I can experience as much as i can in my lifetime.

In 2020 Council declared it support for the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. A motion was passed unanimously by all Councillors without debate. A number of actions were generated from this decision: one of which was for Council to commission a large-scale mural that aligned with the movement.​

Following in the footsteps of her mother—well-known artist Mandy Nicholson—Ky-ya already has an impressive list of achievements. She designed the 2020 Indigenous Round Melbourne Storm jersey as well as the Suncorp Super Netball’s Indigenous Round dress for Melbourne Vixens. In a collaboration with her mother, she created an artwork for the 2020 National Reconciliation Week for Melbourne Cricket Club on the turf at MCG.

In 2021, Ky-ya produced all the artwork for Yarra City Council’s Black Lives Matter campaign (with support from Gunditjamara & Tiwi Islander artist, Kiewa Austin-Rioli) including large-scale posters, tee-shirts 
and a mural across all four exterior walls of a building in Peel Street 
Park, Collingwood.

Check out the mural at Peel Street Park in Collingwood.

Artwork: Wurundjeri artist Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward
(supported by Kiewa Austin-Rioli, Gunditjmara/Tiwi Islander) 
Graphic Design: Maddi Moser, Taungurung
Mural installation: Apparition Media 

Jamie, a proud Ngoorabul woman from Glen Innes, NSW, is a talented artist deeply connected to her Aboriginal roots. Inspired by childhood memories of drawing murals with her sister, she has evolved into a skilled graphic designer with a decade of experience in the print industry.

Passionate about Aboriginal Rights, Jamie actively supports emerging First Nations artists and businesses. Her collaboration with Printing with Purpose (PWP) has been transformative, allowing her to make impactful connections with businesses that contribute to generational wealth.

In her artistic journey, Jamie embodies creativity, dedication, and a commitment to positive community impact.

 

Alex Kerr, a proud Wurundjeri man, began his journey in the corporate world a decade ago at Barpa, an Indigenous-owned construction company. Rising through the ranks, he managed multi-million dollar projects and earned a degree in Building and Construction.

Fueled by cultural wisdom and business expertise, Alex now runs Liwik Yiyah Consulting. Through artwork, workshops, and consulting, he collaborates with corporations to enhance their cultural understanding of First Nations people and improve employment across sectors.

Alex sees his success as an opportunity to give back, actively supporting the success of future generations every day through his business.

Bayley Mifsud is a proud descendant of the Peek and Kirrae Whurrong clans of the Maar nation from South West Victoria (Warrnambool).

Her Aboriginal name is Merindah-Gunya meaning “Beautiful Spirit” in Peek Whurrong language, which was gifted to her through a naming ceremony on Country, supported by my Elders and community.

 

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