2020 marks a decade of excellence, 10 years since we opened our doors to the public at the redeveloped site of the former Redfern Public School.

Since 2010, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence – NCIE – has built, celebrated and amplified the inherent excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through our onsite activities, enterprises, and programs.

We reach community through our fitness, health and wellbeing services, and through education, hospitality, training and employment, and at our onsite events. We are driven by dedicated and talented staff and we work with deadly and generous partners to make all of this happen.

NCIE’s presence in Redfern – regarded by many as ‘the beating heart of urban Aboriginal Australia’ – honours a legacy of community control while we work towards sustainability in the midst of unprecedented private development in our area.

Remember, when you do business with the NCIE you are directly supporting the current and future employment health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We’re excited for another huge year, and we’ll be keeping you posted of 10 Year anniversary events, stories, memorabilia, and ways you can be involved.

We are proud of all of you who have been part of the NCIE story!

Read more about the history of the NCIE Redfern site.

Photo: IDX Manager, Grant Cameron and TATU Communications Officer, Tylah Mundine wearing our deadly new 10th Anniversary t-shirt. It comes in black. And white! And you can get yours direct from NCIE Cafe whenever the Gym is open. Find out more about the design below.

Artwork Information: Ten Years of Excellence: NCIE 2010-2020


This design references NCIE’s commitment to growing a safe place for its community over the past ten years, which has seen children grow into youth, into adults, and young adults into leaders.

The two buildings in the centre of the artwork recognise the landscape of the Redfern/Waterloo area and a topographical pattern wraps around the 10 icon.

The design beneath the text references cultural motifs of gathering and other practices to acknowledge Gadigal land and its people, to remember the knowledge and histories that connect to the present and future.

From beneath, a history of cultural practice continues to grow through many generations into contemporary society, valuing the safety and importance of land, community and culture.

The design draws on elements of the Growin’ artwork created for NCIE’s tenth anniversary by Gomeroi/Gamillaraay artist Dennis Golding.

Artist Bio:
Dennis Golding was born in Sydney and spent most of his childhood living in the Redfern Aboriginal community.

Working across a range of disciplines in the arts as a visual artist, curator and graphic designer, Dennis explores social, political and cultural representations of Aboriginal communities, contemporary experiences and histories of cultural practice and identity.

Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, Dennis continues to develop his creative practice through his work as an Artist in Residence at Alexandria Park Community School through the Carriageworks Solid Ground program; and his ongoing independent commissions and curatorial work across the arts sector.