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As a legacy of the award-winning Encounters Exhibition developed by the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia (N.M.A.), The Prince’s Trust Australia and the N.M.A. created and jointly funded the Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Fellowship Program to provide participants with the necessary skills to preserve Indigenous and Torres Strait culture for future generations.

The Encounters Exhibition was the result of more than five years’ work between the N.M.A. and the British Museum, and included extensive consultation with 27 remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Following the Exhibition, Indigenous communities sought opportunities to develop skills in cultural work and build capacity within their communities to document, preserve and communicate aspects of their cultural lives.

Piloted in 2016, the inaugural program supported six Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultural workers from regional and remote communities to take part in an individually-tailored and intensive three – month scholarship, providing them with the opportunity to develop cultural, creative or heritage sector skills and capabilities. During the program, the six fellows visited a number of Australian cultural institutions, as well as The British Museum, Cambridge, Oxford and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of both the British and Australian Encounters exhibitions of 2015, provided guidance for the development and structure of the scholarship program.

The 2018 Encounters campaign is currently underway. If you’d like to support the program or find out more about our inaugural recipients, visit the National Museum of Australia website

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NMA group photo