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
Goompi, aka Stephen Larcombe
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.
Eddie Wiradjuri Birrang AKA - Edward Feuerstein
Eddie Wiradjuri Birrang AKA - Edward Feuerstein JP identifies as being an Aboriginal man and a Descendant of the Wiradjuri Tribe/ Mob from regional NSW.
Edward's Skin name given to him by Elders is Eddie Wiradjuri Birrang (Meaning Edward's Journey). Edward’s Great grandmother was of Aboriginal parents, which leads the Bloodline to Read- Standley- Taylor – from Williams & Campbell and the songline connects to Traditional Owner -Aunty Rhonda Jean Towney/ Read from Bogan River ( Parkes/ Forbes NSW).
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.
Konstantina (Kate Constantine) is a proud Gadigal woman of the Eora nation and a neo-contemporary Indigenous artist. She is re-imagining the traditions of her peoples’ dot painters and providing a modern narrative for all Australians to better understand First Nations People as part of the fabric of Australia.
As a descendant of the Gadigal people, she is passionate about her Language, Culture and histories, much of which have been lost, misplaced or manipulated since the dawn of colonisation. Through her extensive research Kate is truth telling the real histories of her people and is actively involved in revitalising the Gadigal language via her collaboration with Sydney University to breathe life into the original language of the Eora Nation.