Daen Sansbury-Smith

About the Founder

Founder Daen Sansbury-Smith is a Narungga/ Kaurna and Trawoolwaway multimedia arts producer based in Melbourne. In 2021 Daen was awarded the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership in Victoria being recognised for his commitment to cultural preservation and continuation through modern technology and multimedia art productions. As Director, Writer, Audio Engineer and Founder of BLAK CROW he has produced award winning projects including short films documenting the intergenerational transfer of cultural knowledge between contemporary Aboriginal music legends with Kutcha Edwards, Selwyn Burns, Bart Willoughby, Bunna Lawrie and others. In his role as Visual Artist, Designer and Founder of ADJADURA ART he is developing digital First Nation language resources, design for Australia’s first cultural baby milestone book, Kinstudio designer participant exploring augmented reality technology on garments as well as multiple art installations, augmented reality productions and exhibitions nationally.

Since 2018 Blak Crow have been developing a series of short films documenting the intergenerational transfer of knowledge between aboriginal musicians and artists working with Kutcha Edwards, Yung Warriors, Selwyn Burns, Bart Willoughby of No Fixed Address and Bunna Lawrie of Coloured Stone.

In 2020 Daen’s debut solo Art Exhibition was a success despite Melbourne lockdowns, developing the ‘Black Crow’ Augmented Reality art series currently on tour at multiple galleries nationally. Sansbury-Smith maps Ancestral memory and connection to country, sharing stories of pre- and post-contact Aboriginal history and culture.

In 2021 Daen was successful in receiving development funding from Vic Screen for his documentary Taking Mum Home. 

In 2022 Daen began his Indigenous Leadership Fellowship and with project funding continued to work on Augmented Reality Artworks, Feature Doc Taking Mum Home, Cultural short films, Music Projects and cultural programs nationally.

Much more are in the works for 2023 and beyond.

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