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Wandima Fellowship

WANDIMA (Wan as in wand; -di as in did; -ma) means rising; going upward.

This Yagara name was selected to represent moving up, elevation, going to a higher, deeper place in a chosen field eg the opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills and share existing. The rising and going upward refers to taking the participants to a higher level of experience and skills, learning, development, growth; rising up of Australian First Nations peoples into new and expanded horizons. This term has also been used for perform/song/dance. – Gaja Kerry Charlton

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Congratulations to our 2022 Wandima Fellow, Nicole Reilly. Find out more.


The Wandima Fellowship is supported by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Brisbane Powerhouse. It provides an outstanding Indigenous Australian creative practitioner with a supported program of professional development, work experience and/or professional mentoring for up to one year.

The creative practitioner can come from any area of arts practice e.g. artist, designer, lighting designer, director, choreographer, musician, actor, curator or other area of diverse arts practice. Arts administrators, producers, theatre technicians or production crew are also encouraged to apply.

Participation in the Fellowship should build upon the recipient’s skills and passions to establish industry connections and pathways for their career.


Under the leadership of CEO/Artistic Director and Brisbane Powerhouse team, in consultation with Brisbane Powerhouse’s First Nations Advisor, the successful candidate will be supported in the design of a program which could include:

  • Internship or Residency at Brisbane Powerhouse 
  • Internship with other suitable arts company
  • Support in identifying creative development opportunities in
    Australia or internationally
  • Courses or Programs that build capacity and extend experience

Internships at Brisbane Powerhouse might include working alongside the First Nations Senior Producer or other producing staff in the delivery of a project or program of activities; attachment to the Production Department for any technical production graduates; working alongside a curator to scope and deliver a visual arts exhibition; or other activities that align with the Fellow’s area of interest and goals.


The Fellowship is valued at $20,000 and funding may be put towards: 

  • Travel costs associated with undertaking internships or other activities 
  • Per diem (living allowance) for the duration of any internship or residency 
  • Mentor’s fees (excluding Brisbane Powerhouse staff)
  • Structured experience expenses (e.g. residency, placement or participation fees)

For the year-long period of the Fellowship, the successful applicant will be known as the Wandima Fellow. They can acknowledge this credit on their CV.

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (Please tell us who is/are your mob/s.) 
  • Open to creative practitioners nationally. Preference may be given to applicants from Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
  • Have graduated from a creative industries Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree between 2019 – 2021.

Please submit an expression of interest
letter of no more than two (2) pages which should include:

  1. Why you wish to be considered for the Fellowship
  2. A brief description of your artistic or creative field of practice, or arts administrative experience and interest
  3. A short proposal on how you would like to spend your time as the Wandima Fellow

The Wandima Fellow will be required to undertake two engagement activities with QUT and one public outcome (i.e. performance/exhibition/speaking engagement) with Brisbane Powerhouse to demonstrate the benefits and outcomes associated with the Fellowship.

QUT and Brisbane Powerhouse acknowledge the First Nations owners of the lands on which we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this Country.

For thousands of years, the First Nations owners have gathered to share their knowledge and stories. We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples as the original storytellers of these lands and acknowledge the important role they play within our communities.

We acknowledge the young leaders who are working beside our Elders in our cultural institutions and industries and recognise their long and continuing connection to Country.

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We acknowledge the Jagera/Turrbal peoples, the First Nation Traditional Owners of the land on which we gather. We pay respects to all Elders past and present and acknowledge the young leaders who are working beside our Elders in our cultural industries. We recognise all First Nation peoples as the original storytellers of these lands and acknowledge the important role they continue to play in our community.