Artwork Healing land, remembering Country, 2020 by Tony Albert. View of installation at Elizabeth Farm.

Artwork Healing land, remembering Country, Tony Albert, 2020. View of installation at Elizabeth Farm. Courtesy Tony Albert and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums

Connecting with Country: First Nations Speaker Series

Panel talk

First Nations peoples have been caring for Country for more than 65,000 years, long before European intervention.

How can we learn from this knowledge and experience by collaborating in our approach to planning, building and designing on Country? In this panel, speakers will reflect on the Government Architect NSW’s 2020 Connecting with Country Draft Framework as a basis for this discussion

The First Nations Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with GML Heritage and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University.

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Peter White

Senior Manager, Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement, Create NSW

Peter White is a proud Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW, who has championed First People’s cultural rights within the creative and cultural heritage sector in a career that spans the past thirty years. His passion is to assist First People communities in protecting, managing and practicing their own culture heritage and to assist and to effectively guide the mainstream cultural sector in engaging with these communities based on the principles of self-determination and recognised cultural agency and authority.

Meet the speakers

Blak Douglas


Aboriginal (Dunghutti) / England / Germany / Ireland / Scotland 

Born Adam Douglas hill at Blacktown, Western Sydney in 1970, to his Aboriginal father and his Caucasian mother. He Attained a BA in graphic design with a focus on illustration and Photography. He began painting as a hobby in 1998. Blak Douglas’s art acknowledges the consistent Injustices perpetuated by the commonwealth of Australia upon First Nations People here. Blak Douglas has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibition’s both domestically and abroad. You can find his art in collections from the National Gallery of Australia to museums in Sydney and across regional Sydney councils. 

Alison Page

Designer, film producer and author

Alison Page is a Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman and is an award-winning Designer and Film Producer whose career spanning 22 years links indigenous stories and traditional knowledge with contemporary design. She is the co-author of a new book Design: Building on Country which explores indigenous design, architecture and engineering principles as a blueprint for Australian design. Alison appeared for eight years as a regular panelist on the ABC TV show, The New Inventors and in 2015, was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Technology’s Design School and the founder of the National Aboriginal Design Agency. She is a Board member of the National Australia day Council, Councillor with the Australian National Maritime Museum and a Board member with Aboriginal research group, Ninti One Ltd. Alison sits on the Federal Governments Creative Economy Taskforce and the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and Government. 

Dr Danièle Hromek

Spatial designer, cultural advisor and researcher

Dr Danièle Hromek is a Budawang woman of the Yuin Nation. Working at the intersection of architecture, urban design, performance design and fine arts, Danièle is a spatial designer, cultural advisor and researcher. She centres Country in her design process in order that it can be the driver for the design of the built environment. Danièle is director of Djinjama, offering cultural design and research that contributes an understanding of the Indigenous experience and comprehension of space. 


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