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Celebrating First Nations artistic expression

Our mission is to connect our regional community to Indigenous expression and art through supporting the culture, arts and creativity of Australia’s First Nations people.

The scholarship program is designed to celebrate, sustain and grow Indigenous art and design in New South Wales. Greater Bank will provide a $10,000 scholarship to support the winner’s creative aspirations, with guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre.

The program consists of nine differing creative discipline categories that are open for applications including: fashion design, accessory design, art painting, music, dance, writing, digital art, film and photography.

The finalists, one from each field will get to share their craft and obtain sound advice from a leader in their field.

An independent panel comprising leaders in the Indigenous and artistic communities will select a finalist from each category, with the winner to be announced at an event at Murrook Cultural Centre in Port Stephens during NAIDOC Week – 2 to 9 July 2023.

Scholarship applications have now closed. Finalists in the nine creative disciplines, along with the recipient of the scholarship will be announced at the event in NAIDOC Week and on this page. 

Our winner received:

A $10,000 Scholarship from Greater Bank

A mentoring session with a leading voice from their creative discipline

Guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre and the use of their facilities


The program has unearthed a wealth of creative talent across the state with more than 70 quality entries received, from which the committee had the unenviable task of selecting nine finalists and the eventual scholarship recipient. We’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the entrants and finalists of the Indigenous Storytellers Scholarship. Congratulations on your journey to date and we look forward to following your careers and future endeavours of these remarkable artists. Each of the nine finalists will gain access to mentorship from a creative leader in their chosen field to support their creative dreams.

Jahvis Loveday - Scholarship Recipient

Our winner is...Jahvis Loveday!

From over 70 quality entries, Jahvis was chosen for our top prize in the Film category. From the Dyirbal tribe of Far North Queensland, he's created twelve short films and 250 online videos, and aims to bring to life the stories of his First Nations brothers and sisters through narratives unique to country.

The scholarship is provided by Greater Bank to support Jahvis' creative aspiration. Jahvis will also receive guidance from Murrook Cultural Centre and a mentorship from Film Mentor, Matt Field. Congratulations Jahvis!


Scholarship Recipient Announced at Murrook Culture Centre

Smoking Ceremony
Smoking Ceremony
Lara & Rob Presenting
Accessory Design
Art Painting Submission
Ren & Saretta
Scholarship Recipient Speech


Each of the nine finalists will gain access to mentorship from a creative leader in their chosen field to support their creative dreams.