Supporting Indigenous Business in Queensland

Leesa Watego joins the Aboriginal and Torres Striat Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group.

It is well known that Indigenous businesses are more likely to employee Indigenous people. Thus supporting the growth of Indigenous businesses is an important strategy in community development.


Vernon Ah Kee: Judging panel for Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award 2016

This week Vernon returned from Darwin for the final round of  judging one of the country’s most prestigious art awards, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. Joined by Kimberly Moulton, Don Whyte, at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the pre-selection was held a month ago, with a fantastic list of NATSIAA finalists chosen a few months later.


Learning to Fish – Which Way for Computers Workshops for Young People

Iscariot Media is running computer STEM workshop for Indigenous Young People in New South Wales in conjunction with ATSIMA.

This year we are excited to be working with Dr Chris Matthews and the ATSIMA team as part of a series of STEM workshops for Indigenous students throughout New South Wales. We will be running our new Which Way for Computers workshop where we will work with Indigenous young people to show them how to take old computers and get them up and running again.


Vernon heads to Istanbul for the 14th Istanbul Biennial

Brutalities by Vernon Ah Kee | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

Vernon has now arrived in Istanbul to participate in the 14th Istanbul Biennial. The Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV). This year’s curator is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev whose Australian connection was the 2008 Sydney Biennale. Carolyn’s concept for the 2015 Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms,


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2015

For the second year, Iscariot Media has been involved with Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Our involvement was two-fold. Vernon curated, as Dark+Disturbing, Gordon Hookey’s proppaNOW representation within the art fair. The Iscariot Media team also assisted with the administration. Gordon and Vernon arrived in Cairns four days prior to the exhibition opening and work around the clock to create a work


Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass 2015

Murra Indigenous Business - Iscariot Media - Indigenous Creative Agency.

It’s been a week since I’ve returned from Melbourne, and I’m still reeling from all the fantastic content we have been given. I am so grateful to have been accepted into the fourth class of the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass at the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne.


Product Release: Goori Advent Calendar

An Indigenous perspective of christmas

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our Goori Advent Calendar for The Critical Classroom. Isn’t she deadly? The Goori Advent Calendar was designed by is by Yugambeh-Bundjalung artist, Lisa M. Buxton.


Marketing the Arts: Reflections after a suburban outdoor festival

Marketing Indigenous Art

It’s the morning after arriving home from 12 hours straight (at least 11 of those hours were on my feet) at Teneriffe Festival. Selling proppaNOW tshirts and books, we barely made $100 (taking into consideration cost of goods sold and festival expenses). But, being me, I refuse to use this as anything but a learning experience. I realised while watching thousands of well-ish heeled inner-city-suburban types walk past, that we have a big job to do. There is a point to this story, so please bare with me. I need to do a quick back-track to last October.


Media Mention: Artlink

Deadly Bloggers received a brief media mention today from Carly Lane, an Aboriginal curator based in Western Australia.


WIPC:E is over for 2014

It’s 8.50pm on Sunday in Hawai’i, and here I am blogging for the first time in how many days?!?!? I can’t believe it. I had intended to write each day but I’m afraid, each night this week I had either ran out of internet connection, energy or reliable cords, so it just didn’t happen.


New toys/tools fun for some, headaches for others

I’m thinking about the barriers to collaboration when I watch this video. The Conversation team have created such a simple tool, so simple to use. But despite its simplicity and easy interface, there will still be people who will not understand or want to use it. Some will resist the tool itself, some academics will resist the mainstream exposure (which can be extremely negative), and some will resist the CC. We have to find a balance between respecting people’s own career choices (to collaborate or not to collaborate) in the face of business/institutional imperatives.


Increasing Indigenous Participation in Business

I am presenting at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Increasing Indigenous participation in tourism forum in Brisbane tomorrow (Friday 25th November). I’m presenting on behalf of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

Below is the bulk of what I would like to say, though unless I read from the paper I won’t say it all. You can also listen to me read it at Flipzu.

Increasing Indigenous participation in business is such an large topic. Where do we even start?


Guest Lecturing at QUT Creative Industries

Thumbnails of some of the work Michael Gilsenan and I have created over the past few years under the Blacklines’ banner

Yes. It might be Sunday. But apparently there’s no rest for the wicked – or the learning. Today I spent 90 minutes with Masters of Creative Industries students at QUT. This is the third lecture in previous semesters I’ve done in this course convened by Michael Doneman.

This time though I took Michael Gilsenan with me and we applied some the ideas of the lecture to indstury practice in the design industry. I reckon there’s a conference paper or two (and maybe a thesis) in some of the stuff we talked about today. Something to ponder ….

Cheers, Leesa