A Vital Industry Resource: Meet Solid Lines, a First Nations Illustration Agency

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A Vital Industry Resource: Meet Solid Lines, a First Nations Illustration Agency

Solid Lines is a First Nations led illustration agency, representing and nurturing First Nations talent.


The launch roster of artists work across various disciplines in both contemporary and traditional styles and are ready to showcase their talent for brands across the world. From artwork for businesses, to advertising campaigns and Reconciliation Action Plans, Solid Lines is set to be a vital resource for agencies and they’re excited to take on commercial commissions with the support of The Jacky Winter Group.

Says Emrhan Tjapanangka Sultan (Western Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha), a key voice behind the agency: “We’re here for agencies and clients who have First Nations animation and illustration enquiries.”

Driven by the lack of pathways for emerging First Nations artists to work within commercial art and design industries, Sultan developed the idea along with Dr Nicola St John, The Jacky Winter Group and many First Nations voices.

Says Sultan: “Young First Nations artists now have the opportunity to collaborate and someone they can rely on to represent them fairly.

“Through supportive representation, acknowledgement and protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property and negotiation of appropriate fees for our talent, we aim to generate beneficial partnerships and culturally safe creative opportunities within industries which have often been ignorant of or refused to engage with First Nations ways of working.”

Currently an incubator project between Emrhan Tjapanangka Sultan and The Jacky Winter Group, Solid Lines will develop into an independent and wholly First Nations-owned agency in its own right.

A process rarely seen in Australia, the growth of Solid Lines will happen in phases, carefully planned to create opportunities for two-way knowledge sharing and pave the way for First Nations ownership and control.

Says Sultan: “Solid Lines is committed to creating pathways to champion mob, now and in the future.

“Our work will broaden the conversations around what First Nations art is and challenge what people see as the standard.”

Discover more about each of the incredible artists here:

Coree Thorpe (Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara, Gunai, Wurundjeri)

Emmy Webbers (Gunai/Kurnai)

Emrhan Tjapanangka Sultan (Western Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha)

ENOKi (Dja Dja Wurrung/Yorta Yorta)

Janelle Burger (Noongar)

JESWRI (Gadigal)

Kimberly Engwight (Bundjalung)

Ryhia Dank (Gudanji/Wakaja)

Tori-Jay Mordey (Torres Strait Islander, Meriam, Dauareb, and Muluigal, Wakaid)

Tyrown Waigana (Wardandi Nyungar and Ait Koedal)

“We look forward to having a yarn about how we can work together in respectful and meaningful ways.”

To find out more about Solid Lines, or to get in touch, visit: solidlines.agency