Country Arts SA is committed to the continued development of its First Nations program and in 2011 established an Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) to support the program. In June 2019 the ARG became an official committee of the Board and is was the Aboriginal Advisory Committee before developing into the First Nations Advisory Committee in 2021.
The First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) was established by the Board of Trustees (the Board) under Section 10 of The South Australian Country Arts Trust Act, 1992 to assist Country Arts SA in all aspects of decision making regarding First Nations arts, culture and people.
The purpose of the AAC is to provide advice, governance and leadership to Country Arts SA Board and staff on First Nations people and the arts.
First Nations Advisory Committee Members
Andrew Birtwistle-Smith – FNAC Chair and Country Ars SA Board Member
Michael Harris – FNAC Co-Chair
Pitjantjatjara, Narungga, Kaurna
Berri & Riverland Community Member
Narungga, Kaurna, Wirangu, Wotjobaluk
Lee-Ann Buckskin and Associates
Dr Jared Thomas
William and Margaret Geary Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture, South Australian Museum
Isaac Cohen Lindsay
Riverland artist and filmmaker
Heather Kamarra Shearer
Port Augusta artist and community member
A South Sea Islander, Gubbi Gubbi woman (Raised on Yuibera country)
Entrepreneurship Facilitator Barossa-Yorke-Mid North Flinders University