Emerging First Nations Creatives

First Nations / For Artists

As the home of youth arts and creativity, Carclew proudly presents the unique EFNC program in partnership with Arts South Australia and Creative Australia. These 5 young creatives will form the Emerging First Nations Creatives (EFNC) program cohort.  

Meet the talented individuals:

Jasmine Kerdel   

Jasmine Kerdel (Mirning, Wirangu, and Kokotha) has always expressed herself through art, be it sketching and painting or creating miniature house models from scrap materials. She hopes her experience on the course will deepen her art as an expression of her culture and identity, a manifestation that led her to study architecture and design buildings – such as an Aboriginal arts centre in Ceduna – that reflect her cultural values and connection to country. 

Bedlam Rigney   

Bedlam Rigney (Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri), in turn, has been singing ever since it could talk and believes the program offers a wonderful opportunity to deepen the honesty of its art. As a mentally ill, disabled and queer person whose art is informed by its lived experience, it hopes the experience will allow it to be someone it could have looked up to when it was younger and propel it to the forefront of making gigs more accessible and art easier to understand for those who feel left out of the scene. 

Joshua Barbo  

Creative Arts Screen graduate from Flinders University, Joshua Barbo (Whadjuk Noongar) is excited at the opportunity to further expand his skill set and expertise on the program, having already participated in Channel 44’s Indigenous Volunteer Program, where he gained hands-on experience as a camera operator and sound assistant. More recently, he has worked on two short films funded by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), where he honed his skills in location sound recording. 

Keith Gilbey-Warrior  

Keith Gilbey-Warrior (Kokatha, Narungga, Alywarre, Ngarrinjderi) is another emerging filmmaker and UniSA Media Arts graduate with a strong and keen interest in fictional filmmaking and storytelling. In his short career thus far, he has worked in post-production at the ABC while also co-producing and co-directing the television series, Mob Talks. He aims to use the EFNC experience to strengthen his ability to create not just narratives that overtly tell a story but new and complex concepts that leave a lasting impression. 

Zoe Kopp  

Zoe Kopp (Arrente, Anangu Pitjantjatjarra Yankunyjatjarra) is the holder of a diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup) and has worked on Yirramboi Festival and Short Films with TAFE SA students. She aims to establish a successful makeup artistry business and believes the EFNC program will help her realise her dream of being a role model for the younger mob within her community who wish to pursue their own passions and interests in the arts field. 

Over 18 months, the program will offer professional development opportunities and an honorarium of $15,000 to kickstart their careers in the arts. ⁠Following the initial development period, the five creatives will be placed in various arts organisations aligned with their skills and interests, gaining firsthand experience in the creative industries. 


For any First Nations program enquiries contact: firstnations@carclew.org.au