Movin’ up was a long-term initiative to provide opportunities and mentoring to young Indigenous women from regional centres in NSW. Part of dLux Media Arts’ dLab program, the initiative aimed to foster education engagement and aspiration in students who hadn’t previously considered university study as a future pathway. The culmination of the program was a residency in Sydney of students from Kempsey and Wagga.


Key to the residency was a day at UNSW hosted by Nura Gilli, the Faculty of the Built Environment and the MCIC. The MCIC’s contribution to the program was to facilitate a dynamic set of workshop activities in design thinking, digital fabrication, and basic electronics. The feedback from the young women about their time at MCIC was that it was the most interesting and engaging experience out of all their time on campus and this directly resulted in applications to the Nura Gilli winter schools and pre-programs to support their education.

The importance of Nura Gilli’s program and its aim of creating clear pathways to university for Indigenous students is closely aligned with The MCIC’s own charter, our plan for the future is to establish a Maker’s Squad for local schools’ students especially those from Matraville Sports High and La Perouse Public School.

Read more about the Nura Gilli program here.