Bad Fiji Gyals Open Call: Apply for Firstdraft Studio Space!

Flyer for Bad Fiji Gyals Firstdraft Gallery Residency with text that reads: "For our upcoming project with Firstdraft (Sydney) we have the opportunity to offer a free studio space to a community member for the month of June 2021! This is an open call to any person of Fiji Girmit heritage who is a researcher, writer, artist or creative. We envision this one month residency as being a supportive space for anyone who would like to work on a project with the support of Bad Fiji Gyals.

Bad Fiji Gyals Open Call: Apply for Firstdraft Studio Space!

Flyer for Bad Fiji Gyals Firstdraft Gallery Residency with text that reads: "For our upcoming project with Firstdraft (Sydney) we have the opportunity to offer a free studio space to a community member for the month of June 2021! This is an open call to any person of Fiji Girmit heritage who is a researcher, writer, artist or creative. We envision this one month residency as being a supportive space for anyone who would like to work on a project with the support of Bad Fiji Gyals. We are looking for critical proposals that challenge dominant narratives and highlight the complexity of Girmit history, or indentured labour, in Fiji and migration hubs. This project can take on many forms, and we encourage you to be as experimental as you want to be. This opportunity includes:  Physical studio space in City Centre Sydney for the month of June 2021, at Firstdraft Gallery (13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia). Opportunity to have digital platform through the Bad Fiji Gyals Instagram to introduce your project, Publishing opportunity to talk about project and introduce yourself and research through Bad Fiji Gyals website, Small stipend to support travels and research costs. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, April 16, 2021. Please apply via the google form (https://forms.gle/CBiBKEEZKAWiodqT7). Proposals should be no longer than a 500 word max and maximum of 2 page text and images of previous work or research images. If you have any questions, please email us at thebadfijigyals@gmail.com. Vinaka vakalevu!"

For our upcoming project with Firstdraft (Sydney) we have the opportunity to offer a free studio space to a community member for the month of June 2021! This is an open call to any person of Fiji Girmit heritage who is a researcher, writer, artist or creative. We envision this one month residency as being a supportive space for anyone who would like to work on a project with the support of Bad Fiji Gyals.

We are looking for critical proposals that challenge dominant narratives and highlight the complexity of Girmit history, or indentured labour, in Fiji and migration hubs. This project can take on many forms, and we encourage you to be as experimental as you want to be.

This opportunity includes:

  • Physical studio space in City Centre Sydney for the month of June 2021, at Firstdraft (13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia)
  • Opportunity to have digital platform through the Bad Fiji Gyals Instagram to introduce your project
  • Publishing opportunity to talk about project and introduce yourself and research through Bad Fiji Gyals website
  • Small stipend to support travels and research costs



DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, April 16, 2021


Please apply via the google form. Proposals should be no longer than a 500 word max and maximum of 2 page text and images of previous work or research images. If you have any questions, please email us at thebadfijigyals@gmail.com. Vinaka vakalevu!