Patricia Adjei

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Patricia Adjei

Office for the Arts, Department of Communications and the Arts Director, Visual arts and design policy

Patricia is a Wuthathi, Mabuiag Islander and Ghanaian woman from Warrane/ Sydney. She is the Director leading the standalone legislation at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Law from UNSW and the 2022 UNSW Alumni winner for her contribution to art and culture. She was also a 2018 Churchill fellowship recipient, investigating the practical application of laws in the USA and Panama that protect Indigenous cultural rights.
Patricia has worked at Creative Australia as the Head of First Nations and developed, with Terri Janke and Company, the Creative Australia Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts. Patricia has served on the City of Sydney, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel and has been a Board member of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and the Moogahlin Performing Arts Board. She is currently on the RAP advisory committees for Beyond Blue and Intrepid Travel. She is an advisory member of the Sunshine Coast Arts Committee and the editor of the inaugural Lexis Nexis First Nations legal newsletter. Trish also previously worked as a lawyer at the Copyright Agency, Arts Law Centre of Australia and National Indigenous TV. Patricia was the 2010 WIPO Indigenous intellectual property law fellow and has attended WIPO IGC meetings on TK since 2007. She is also a published author, having written several articles and a chapter on Indigenous cultural intellectual property rights.

Related Sessions

Discussing Digital Sovereignty

TUE, OCT 17, 3:30 PM
A discussion on the intersections of Indigenous cultural heritage, technology, and sovereignty, addressing the critical issues in safeguarding First Nations' cultural and intellectual property. Panel host, Patricia Adjei (Trish), an ICIP (Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property) specialist, will lead a discussion joined by Angie Abdilla a Professor at the School of Cybernetics and Founder of 'Old Ways, New', Cienan Muir Founder of INDIGINERD, and renowned artist and cultural practitioner Toby Cedar. This session is presented by Creative Australia and celebrates the powerful public value of Australian artists and creative practitioners.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of this land we now call Sydney, where this event will take place. We pay our respects to their continuing connection with cultural, spiritual and educational practices, and extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Always was, always will be.
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