First Peoples

For over 65,000 years, the land on which Geelong Arts Centre stands has been a significant site for gathering, belonging and storytelling for the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Geelong Arts Centre continues this tradition by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.

Reflect: Reconciliation Action Plan

Geelong Arts Centre is committed to a long-lasting reconciliation journey whereby our Centre acknowledges, respects, includes and responds to Traditional Custodians, local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and all visiting First Peoples.

We embark on our first Reconciliation Action Plan by way of formalising this commitment and to contribute to Reconciliation Australia’s greater reconciliation movement.

Our vision for reconciliation is to walk alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with a shared vision. We hope that the following 12 months of our Reflect RAP informs how our interactions and programs can reflect cultural perspectives and values and how employment and economic opportunities can be integral to our organisation’s day-to-day operations.

We aspire to be leaders in reconciliation and the means that connect First Peoples’ stories with the broader community. To explore meaningful artworks and moving performances that highlight traditional and contemporary voices and to present work that provokes reflection, creates understanding and elicits an appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, histories and cultures.

Cultures Connect Shu Brown

Cultures Connect by Shu Brown

Download the Reflect: Reconciliation Action Plan