The creative futures of Indigenous Australians: new lecture in Dubbo

16 AUGUST 2019

The creative futures of Indigenous Australians: new lecture in Dubbo

Charles Sturt in Dubbo will host a free lecture titled ‘Creative futures and Indigenisation’ on Saturday 17 August.

  • Charles Sturt to host free lecture on the creative futures of Indigenous Australians
  • Leading academic in creative industries, Dr Sandra Phillips, will present the lecture in Dubbo on Saturday 17 August

The second lecture from a series exploring how Indigenous Australians have made cities liveable will be held at Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) in Dubbo on Saturday 17 August.

The lecture, titled ‘Creative futures and Indigenisation’, will be presented by leading Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng nations academic Dr Sandra Phillips.

Dr Sandra PhillipsDr Phillips, who is a member of the Indigenous professoriate at the University of Technology Sydney, will explain the contribution of Indigenous Australians to creative industries.

Senior lecturer in the Charles Sturt School of Indigenous Australian Studies in Dubbo, Dr Holly Randell-Moon, said Dr Phillips has an extensive career in creative industries and is well suited to deliver the lecture.

“Dr Phillips is a leading academic in the creative industries who has participated in Indigenous arts and publishing, and is a published author and intellectual on Indigenous Arts.

“Creative industries is the fuel to grow urban economies and creative works are praised for highlighting the cultural and creative aspects to urban economies.

“This work brands places and the nation in a global media market; when international visitors imagine Australian culture and the arts, they are likely picturing Indigenous cultures too.

“Indigenous cultures and creative workers have played an instrumental role in the development of creative industries in Australia and the lecture is set to explore this important topic.”

Dr Phillips is currently a director of the board of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, member of the Library Board of Queensland, and provides First Nations engagement advice to the Women of the World Global Festival. Dr Phillips previously served as manager of Aboriginal Studies Press.

The lecture is part of the ‘Doing Indigenous Urban Studies’ series, which is funded by the European Urban Studies Foundation, and centres Indigenous expertise and histories to contemporary urban problems in Australia and demonstrates the relevance of Indigenous research approaches to international urban studies

The first lecture in the series was presented by Aunty Frances Bodkin who discussed the importance of plant associations and Indigenous ecologies for combating climate change.

The lecture is at 4.30pm on Saturday 17 August in room 902.202 at Charles Sturt in Dubbo and will be followed by a reception with food and refreshments.

The lecture is free and open to members of the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

The public talk will also be live audio-streamed. To access the live stream, please contact Holly Randell-Moon via email at

Media Note:

To indicate your interest in attending the lecture in Dubbo or to arrange interviews with Dr Holly Randell-Moon or Dr Sandra Phillips, contact Rebecca Tomkins at Charles Sturt Media on 02 6338 6270 or

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