About the Wilin Centre

For over 10 years the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development has connected Indigenous artists with a pathway to their future in the worlds of visual and performing arts, design, film and television and production. Situated at the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct, the Wilin Centre fosters innovation in the research, development, advocacy and presentation of Indigenous arts and cultural practice.

The Wilin Team

  • Richard Frankland, Head of Curriculum and Programs
  • Tiriki Onus, Lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture
  • Sally Treloyn, Academic / Research
  • Eugenia Flynn, Wilin Centre Coordinator
  • John Wayne Parsons, Schools and Community Liaison Officer
  • Casey Phillips, Administrative Assistant 

Our Programs

The Wilin Centre works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify, recruit and support potential and practicing Indigenous artists to study and refine their academic and artistic skills at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne.

The Wilin Centre offers multiple breadth subjects in Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Art, Art and Indigenous Voice and Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation. The Centre also offers a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management and influences national identity and culture through a strong research profile in Indigenous arts and cultural practice, including a Master of Fine Arts (Indigenous Arts and Culture) and a PhD program.

Wilin Centre student artists, alumni and staff feature in celebrations of work, including showcases at the Melbourne Fringe and the annual Wilin Week and Wilin Celebrate events. The Centre also runs many community outreach projects such as the Wilin Warriors digital story-telling project (funded by the Melbourne City Council), Film and Television regional program Making Movies, artist residencies and theatre production internships with the Melbourne Theatre Company. 

About Country

The Wilin Centre respectfully acknowledges the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations, their ancestors and Elders, who are part of the longest continuing culture in the world.

Wilin is a Woi Wurrung word meaning fire or flame. 


The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development
234 St Kilda Road
VIC 3006
T: +61 3 9035 9327
E: wilin-centre@unimelb.edu.au