ngayapi  niyakara (born to dream) 

Image of Artist Luana Towney’s project, Muwinina Country. Documentation by Jillian Mundy

ngayapi     niyakara (Born to Dream) is a partnership between the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and Constance Artist Run Initiative that provides a paid opportunity for up to 3 emerging Aboriginal artists based in lutruwita (Tasmania) to present new temporary artworks in an outdoor public space of their choice anywhere in lutruwita.

Emerging artists or a collaborative group working in any artform are welcome to apply, such as sculpture, painting, printmaking, performance, video, media, writing and design, anything!

Previous experience with the display of artwork in public spaces is not required. This is a fully supported program, where you will have the help of Caitlin Fargher and Priscilla Beck to realise your dream idea!

ngayapi     niyakara will be presented in the second half of 2022 or early 2023. The selected artist or artists will receive an artist fee of $5000 each to create the work. You will also be provided with additional funding for materials, production, installation, marketing and opening night expenses. Travel allowances and accommodation are available for applicants so that you can do site visits and team meetings anywhere that is convenient across lutruwita. The selected artist(s) will be supported by members of Constance (Caitlin Fargher and Priscilla Beck) and Sara Maynard from the TAC in the development, installation and presentation of the artwork. Additional funding is there for the selected artist(s) to choose a mentor outside the organisations to work through ideas with too.

To apply, artists are required to describe the idea they want to explore through this project, provide examples of past work, and a small written biography about themselves.

Successful Applicants 2022:

Rob Braslin is a wakka wakka man born and raised in the nipaluna suburb of Clarendon Vale. He is a stand up comedian, writer, filmmaker, digital artist and sleepy but lately just calls himself an "artist" or "storyteller"

"I will be making various types of art from rubbish that's cleaned up from the waterways in and around nipaluna."

Emma Robertson (lutruwita niyakara designs by Emma Robertson) is a proud palawa woman and mixed media artist living in nipaluna, Hobart. Emma’s creations connect to the environment, Country and culture.

Emma creates contemporary works utilising skills and techniques that have been passed on from Elders and community, especially Aunty Verna Nichols.

Emma’s works feature many natural materials, shells, fibres and kelp and these are things she is most comfortable with but she also loves pushing the boundaries of her artworks and trying new things.

Emma's project is called "Landscapes of lutruwita- To colonise the city with landscape images of the natural world."

Nunami Sculthorpe-Gree is a palawa warlpiri storyteller from nipaluna, well known for Takara nipaluna.

"My dream is to create a piece of work that is made of Aboriginal land - land that is already ours. Our land tells our stories, I want to make a work that represents these stories with the earth in that place."

Watch this space as the three artists develop their artworks, and then present them in 2023!


Constance -
Caitlin Fargher and Priscilla Beck

Sara Maynard on 6234 0700
198 Elizabeth Street, nipaluna/Hobart 7000
Or leave at any of the TAC offices

2020 Project:
Muwinina Country by Luana Towney

“For ngayapi niyakara, I have written a travelling book about the First Nations people of nipaluna (Hobart). The story is a child friendly history lesson about first contact in nipaluna in both Palawa kani and English”  - Luana Towney

Muwinina Country is a travelling book that takes people on a journey along the South Hobart Rivulet Track during NAIDOC Week 2020, that will stay in place until January 2021. Luana Towney has created this new temporary public art project in collaboration with her daughter Jamaya Summers who has done the illustrations for the story.

The panels have now been turned into a book, designed by Caleb Nicholls-Mansell.

Purchase the book here for $25:

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be split evenly between the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Language Program and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Listen to the audio book below:

ngayapi     niyakara; born to dream    

(ngye yah pee)           (nee yah kah rah)

In Palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines

This activity was assisted through Arts Tasmania


Constance ARI works across Country cared for by the Palawa of lutruwita and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout the so called ‘Australia’, as well as First Nations people from elsewhere, and their deep connection to the lands, skies and waterways over which sovereignty was never ceded.  We pay our respect to all Elders; we are grateful for their continued sharing of knowledge and Culture.