FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program has developed an exciting new program for mothers who are artists.

Residencies form a crucial experience for the independent artist, providing valuable resources and creative hubs for artists to immerse themselves in their work, communities and cultures.

A small group of creative thinkers, nurturers and practitioners join us in residence in February to challenge, awaken and disrupt assumptions made about motherhood and creativity. Participants will share their life, art, birth justice and creative practice experiences, as part of WOW Melbourne.

Full Festival Program and Bookings HERE.


Arika Waulu, Brayakaloong, Yigar and Tjapwurrung woorcut – djeetgun garawangoo, borun garawangoo. Ngatanwarr Kooloyn Meerta Ma-na weein Keerna Poopoop Alam meen Wayok Leekatyoong Paleep.

Arika Waulu a sovereign multimedia experimentalist and activator, based in narrm-Melbourne, uses video, moving and still images that are predominately displayed as projection installation. Last year Arika produced a night for emerging Indigenous performers at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival in Fitzroy, and has been producing and curating programs focusing on reviving cultural practice through community based projects.

Carly Sheppard is an emerging cross-disciplinary performance artist whose work negotiates across dance and theatre performance, sculpture, drawing, voice and installation. Often these forms feature interchangeably within a single work, housed within the foundation of the body moving.

Carly’s work predominantly explores the experience of being a part of the Indigenous diaspora of Australia; intersecting identities and the navigation of trans-generational inheritances, exploring the borders of ownership and autonomy, and the mapping of these shifting spaces and their interaction with changing social and cultural environments.

Some of Carly’s work includes ‘White Face’ for Next Wave Festival 2014; ‘Moving House’ for Brown Cabs Scratch Series 2015 and Wominjeka Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2016; ‘Nah Nuthin’ for Pieces For Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc, 2015; a dancer in ‘Pulse’ 2013 and Articulating Landscapes 2014, for Ochre Contemporary Dance Company; and lead character ‘Nella’ and choreographer for North West of Nowhere 2015 tour for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. Carly is an Alumni of the British Council’s Accelerate Program, 2015.

Carly studied Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Victoria, a Diploma of Careers In Dance at National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association, New South Wales, and Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, Victoria.

Elaine Crombie has a proven career stretching across the arts as an actress in film, television, theatre, dance and music. Elaine has appeared in award-winning Redfern Now (Blackfella Films), Adrian Wills’ film Jackie Jackie, Wayne Blair’s film Black Talk and ABC Television series 8MMM.

Her theatre career has been extensive since her beginnings on stage with iconic Wesley Enoch in his musical The Sunshine Club, as well as The New Black, The Cherry Pickers, Fountains Beyond, Conversations With The Dead, I am Eora, Bloodland, Sydney Theatre Company’s Educational workshop presentation of specific scenes from Stolen and Queensland Theatre Company’s 2015 Regional Tour of Country Song, a fictional dramatisation of the life of Jimmy Little.

She is a passionate advocate of health and wellbeing in communities around Australia. Elaine identifies as a strong, proud Aboriginal, South Sea Islander woman with German heritage. She was born on gadigal land; raised in nukunu country and now lives, works and is an active member within the wodi wodi, dharawal nation.

1- Carly Sheppard, White Face (2015), Image by Gregory Lorenzutti

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