Indigenous creative leaders travel to London on award

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Six of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous arts workers set sail for London last week, following a moving farewell event, held at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Preceding a musical performance by Gina Williams, this year’s awardees of the British Council’s ACCELERATE programme were announced by British Council Director Nick Marchand.

He said, “…it’s a great honour to welcome these six incredible individuals to the programme in 2012. They understand what ACCELERATE is capable of achieving – and their own individual plans reflect this opportunity in terms of ambition. It’s going to be an extraordinary journey.”

This year’s awardees and their UK plans are:

• Nicole Monks (Nee Boeree) – a senior interior designer and artist from NSW, who will meet with staff at the studio of leading UK industrial designer Tom Dixon

• Alison Page – a designer and arts manager from NSW, who will second with CultureLabel and 100%, two progressive UK arts marketing companies

• Gina Williams – a multi-lingual singer/songwriter from WA, who will visit intercultural, multimedia theatre company Border Crossings and world music company Serious Productions

• Jane Harrison – an award-winning playwright and essayist from Vic, Jane will second at the National Theatre Scotland and National Theatre Wales.

• Lily Shearer – a practitioner of interdisciplinary arts from NSW, who will spend time with international student-run initiative Room 13 in Fort William, Scotland and at the Eden Project environmental park in Cornwall

• Rita Pryce – the founder and Artistic Director of Baiwa Dance Company from Qld, who will spend time with Greenwich Dance and the English National Ballet School