The Artlands Victoria tagline, sharing knowledge, trading resources and exchanging gifts at a time of ceremony and gathering, is inspired by Chairperson of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Trent Nelson’s welcome in the Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan 2014 -2034.
"Dja Dja Wurrung People learned much from land and shared their knowledge, traded resources and exchanged gifts with neighbouring clans and mobs during times of ceremony and gathering together to mark special times."
Trent Nelson, Chair Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation. 2014 -2034 Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan
Expanding from the tagline, the framework for Artlands Victoria has been developed from the nine goals outlined in the Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan and reinterpreted into an arts policy and practice context.
The framework connects arts and regional industries that are exporting growth, productivity and innovation in a regional context and curates a conversation that actively positions the arts within and alongside:
Djaara (our people)
Supporting artists, arts workers and audiences to come together on national platform to present what’s unique and compelling about our regional culture.
Every Dja Dja Wurrung person is happy, healthy and secure in their identity, livelihood and lifestyle
Practice and Process
Cultural Practices and Customs
Engaging practitioners across disciplines to promote critical reflection on practice, facilitate sophisticated links between artists, artworks and professional development and engage with agenda-setting discussions.
Dja Dja Wurrung customs and practices are alive and respected – keeping us connected to our past, our present and our future
A multi-art, cross industry and inter-generational event that provides regional connections. Connecting arts and regional industries that exemplify growth, productivity and innovation in a regional context, curating a conversation that actively positions the arts.
A place of cultural exchange, a site at which practices and processes of cultural exchange become forms of cultural heritage.
Our cultural heritage is recongised and protected as a celebration of our identity and community
Exploring the dynamic relations between people and place, the interaction with individuals and participants where all the components come together – understanding distinctiveness and the uniqueness of how and where work is created and experienced.
we are gardeners of the environment. We care for the land and it provides for us
Rivers and Waterways
Offering the possibility to create new ideological, social and political spaces through which the conjectures of identification, experience and consumption can be articulated.
Today, the land and its waterways remain central to our cultural identity and aspirations for community and economic development
The presentation of work and thinking across art forms that showcase diversity and excellence. Providing a place and time to represent social, cultural and political constructs that are contested and challenged through an active and iterative process.
The upside down country is healthy again be involved in the design and implantation of remediation works and restoration initiates in upside-down Country
Leadership that supports and generates meaning – meaning that is placed and contextualised. Supporting creative leadership that is reflective but also generative, both as a social and cultural system and as a human capacity.
As our Country’s first people, Jaara have an established place in society and are empowered to manage our own affairs
Traditional Owner Economy
Sustainability that is relevant and integrated – a model that is Socially, Creatively, Financially, Environmentally & Artistically sustainable.
We have a strong and diverse economic base to provide for our health and wellbeing, and strengthen our living culture
Fostering contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice, building capacity, and developing leadership.
Principles of joint management: respect for culture, shared benefits, equal partnerships, appropriate resourcing