National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program (NIPAT)

This two year certificate program includes storytelling, performance arts, media arts, painting, sculpture, and installation art. The focus of the National Indigenous Professional Artist Training Program is to protect and preserve Indigenous world-view and arts expressions in traditional heritage utilizing interdisciplinary works with contemporary practice. Professional Aboriginal artists are provided with mentorships and the creation space to produce exhibition ready artworks.

The NIPAT program was developed to support the learning to “revitalize” traditional art forms into contemporary practice. It is a professional training opportunity that assists the artist to interpret traditional forms of art in today’s context.

The training consists of these fundamental principles: Research of historical cultural heritage information (Mentoring) Land community culture context: designs, principles (Protocols) Produce new works/cultural products that clearly revitalize a traditional arts practice (Preservation)