Aboriginal Cultural


The Aboriginal Cultural Council (ACC) forms an integral and crucial part of the foundations upon which the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA) is built.


The members of the Council are drawn from the Association’s Indigenous membership and elected by fellow Indigenous members of the Association.  The Council operates independently of the Board of the AAAA, advising the Board on matters of Culture and Indigenous law (Lore).


Important contributions made by the Council to the Association and the broader visual arts industry include:


  • Preparing responses to Indigenous visual art sector consultations such as the proposed National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority.  Read the ACC’s submission here

  • Providing input on matters of Culture and law (Lore) for Association submissions to government inquiries, such as the recent inquiry into the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and craft products.  Read the Association’s full submission here and our follow-up submission at the request of the standing committee here

  • Providing direction and contributions on matters of Culture and law (Lore) that form part of wider discussions with and submissions to stakeholders and other parties involved in the Indigenous visual arts sector

  • Design and consultative input into the direction of new and existing AAAA initiatives and priorities

  • Lobbying for the prioritisation and allocation of Government and Association resources to initiatives considered of importance to Indigenous members

  • Providing binding rulings on matters of Culture and law (Lore) in disputes between Association members

Meet the Council Members

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Jeremy Donovan

Jeremy is a talented artist and musician, whose most significant influences on his life were his grandfather and tribal elders from his community who encouraged him to reach his potential and embrace the richness of his culture. Jeremy is a sought-after keynote speaker with a talent for speaking with wisdom beyond his years and building a powerful connection with his audiences.

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Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle is a rising star of the Aboriginal Art world and among one of the most talented artists to come from Utopia alongside her mother, Barbara Weir, Aunty Emily Kngwarreye and her grandmother, Minnie Pwerle, all highly successful and well-known artists who inspired, encouraged and shared their knowledge with Charmaine.

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Bess Nungarrayi Price

Bess Nungarrayi Price was born at the remote community of Yuendumu in Central Australia. Her first language is Warlpiri, and she speaks four other Indigenous languages. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University and has worked in education and training, public administration, media, community development, interpreting, translating and small business management.


Matthew Everitt

Matthew Everitt is a proud Taungurung man of the Kulin from Central Victoria, Australia. He is a graduate in both Cultural Heritage Management and Indigenous studies. Matthew and his partner Fatima run Dreamtime Art Creative Consultancy (est. 2009). Dreamtime Art Creative Consultancy are trusted advisors mitigating risks underpinned by cultural appropriation and due diligence For Aboriginal Arts & Culture through their Indigenous Arts Management company.

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Goompi Ugerabah

Goompi, aka Stephen Larcombe, is a proud culture man a Gurreng Gurreng descendant (Bundaberg region Qld). Born in 1981 on the Gold Coast, Goompi grew up and has lived between the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads all his life. As a teenager, Goompi learnt culture from his skin fathers, the Nunukal people of Stradbroke Island. Continuing to practice culture throughout his life, Goompi represents the local Kombumerri and Minjungbal areas and people, working alongside local custodians and the local Aboriginal community.