We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Elders, Ancestors and leaders of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is based.
We extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recognising their resilience and ongoing connection to land, water and culture, despite ongoing colonial interruption and genocide.
Always was, always will be, sacred Indigenous land.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be advised that this website may contain images of deceased persons.
The BlackWrights 2022 Program is a meditation on the future direction of theatre during and beyond a COVID-impacted period. It is a dynamic program aimed at self-determination, innovating the development and performance form under the provocation Wroughting the Future of First Nations Arts.
The program utilises theory, practice and play while aiming to innovate, collaborate and reimagine live performance. Blackwrights 2022 honours the demands of narrative, theory, structure, and the language of power in performance making, while provoking form and strengthening networks and entrepreneurship.
BlackWrights 2022 will be delivered in three parts:
ILBIJERRI commits to developing and producing one to two projects from the cohort, but aims to attract further industry support to enable the development of additional BlackWrights projects.
BlackWrights 2022 builds on the lessons learnt in 2021. Inviting POC artists to participate in the program broadens the creative capacity and network of First Nations artists, enriching their practice and creating connections and professional networks. The program will be strengthened with exchanges and collaborations, while also driving further professional opportunities to build career sustainability for participants within the sector.
BlackWrights is supported by City of Melbourne and the Besen Family Foundation
Intensive: Sunday 26 June - Saturday 2 July
Workshop 1: Saturday 23 July, 9am - 4pm
Workshop 2: Friday 29 July, 9am - 4pm
Presentation/Pitch: Saturday 30 July, 9am - 4pm