Brent Watkins is a Gunai Kurni man from southeastern Victoria, with Noongar Yamatji ancestry from Western Australia. He currently resides on Wurrundjeri and Boon Wurrung land in Narm, what is commonly referred to as the City of Melbourne.
Brent is a dancer (traditional/ hip hop), didgeridoo player, visual artist and educator. He began selling his artwork internationally whilst still at high school. Brent established his performance group, Culture Evolves, as a way to explore and express his ancestral epistemology and as a way to extend contemporary narratives. Through Culture Evolves, Brent conveys the struggles that First Nations people are experiencing in Australia today. Drawing on elements of traditional dance, hip hop and storytelling, Culture Evolves has entertained and educated a wide range of international audiences. In 2019 they collaborated with PluginHUMAN at the Melbourne Museum for Blak Night (White Night Festival 2019, Australia).
Brent is also a member of the First Nations dance group Brother’s in Arms. This collection of dance artists represents five different nations. They use the stage to tell their stories and struggles, to fight against acts of genocide, and to celebrate their culture. Brent is fundamentally inspired by his Nan, Rita Watkins.