Media Arts and ATSI media

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) digital artists, film makers and journalists have often struggled against misrepresentation, particularly in the digital form.
Contemporary ATSI media is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders owning the means of production to portray their own experiences and represent themselves.
Ground breaking television series like Redfern Now and the Indigenous television and film supported through ScreenWest’s Indigenous Community Stories are examples of this ownership of authentic stories.
“Can films, videos and television re-educate people to be non-racist and eliminate racism?” (Page 35 – ‘Well I heard it on the Radio and I saw it on the Television,’ by Marcia Langton. Australian Film Commission 1993)
Use the information and links below to inform the development of school activities which are both relevant and respectful.

Western Australian peak bodies and projects in media arts/broadcasting and film:


National/Western Australian organisations, programs and media outlets:

Mobile device applications:

Education resources and further reading:

To find out more about the arts education events linked to the arts subject Media Arts, visit our What’s On page.
Professional teachers association list.

What's On

  • PIAF 2018

The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) have a wide variety of online study guides and resources containing ATSI content.

Artist-in-Residence case studies incorporating Aboriginal student engagement in Media Arts or ATSI arts or cultural content include Governor Stirling Senior High School, Southern Edge Arts and Quairading District High School.
Filmmakers, graphic designers, photographers, media artists, game/application developers etc. interested in developing programs for schools, visit Working in the School Context for tips about project planning, creating education resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers, and marketing to schools.
Invite an ATSI artist or organisation to be artists-in-residence in your school; check funding providers here.

Warning. Information in this section of the ArtsEdge website may contain the names, images or recordings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. The ArtsEdge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture in education portal may also contain links to sites that may use images and/or recordings of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased. Artists or educators researching Indigenous content for educational purposes should use their discretion when viewing online content.

Details about artists and organisations outside the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries do not constitute an endorsement of those artists or organisations or their programs, products or services. School communities are responsible for making their own assessment of these artists or organisations in accordance with relevant Department of Education policies, procedures and guidelines. Users should seek professional and specialised advice for their individual situations.