Patricia Adjei
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Feb 2021

As the Arts Practice Director (First Nations Arts and Culture) at the Australia Council, and prior to that, the First Nations Strategic Development Manager, Patricia brings experience in governance, legal skills and cultural protocol as it applies to the Indigenous sector, to the Board.

Previously the Indigenous lawyer for NITV and the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Patricia now provides strategic advice and expertise on First Nations arts and cultural matters to the sector at a national level and via briefing papers to senior government ministers and departments including Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Communications and the Arts.

Background and experience

  • Strategic advice and policy on First Nations arts and cultural sector nationally;
  • Subject matter expertise provided on First Nations arts and cultural issues on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts panel annually;
  • Provided telephone legal advice to Indigenous artists and arts organisations on any arts law issue such as copyright, contracts, insurance, employment, protocols;
  • Undertook advocacy work on policy issues to do with the Indigenous arts sector including protection of traditional cultural expressions;
  • Worked on capacity building programs as Indigenous Intellectual Property law fellow, Traditional Knowledge Division, of the World Intellectual Property Organisation
  • 2018 Churchill Fellow.

Current Memberships

  • Beyond Blue RAP Advisory Committee
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation, Indigenous caucus, Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional knowledge in Geneva

Past Memberships

  • City of Sydney Indigenous Advisory Panel
  • Moogahlin Performing Arts Board (Sydney)
  • Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Advisory Committee (Melbourne)