We're delighted to announce the 2016 participants of the tailored leadership skills development programme, ACCELERATE.
ACCELERATE is a designed to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working within the creative industries with the skills and networks to generate, take up and excel in leadership positions. The programme is aimed at Indigenous arts professionals from across Australia who have at least five years’ experience in the creative industries and can demonstrate a bold vision for where they want to take their career and their community.
The 2016 selection panel identified six mid-career professionals ready to move in to senior leadership roles across the arts and creative industries. The 2016 ACCELERATE programme participants are:
- Jilda Andrews – a curator and singer from Australian Capital Territory
- Kamarra Bell-Wykes – an arts manager and playwright from Victoria
- Travis De Vries – an arts manager and writer from New South Wales
- Glenn Iseger-Pilkington – a museums and galleries curator from Western Australia
- Francoise Lane – a designer from Queensland
- Jonathon Saunders – an illustrator and arts worker from Northern Territory
The six participants were selected from a nation-wide call for applications and were announced as part of a special celebration held at Melbourne's Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Tuesday 16 August 2016.
They will now progress to the first stage of the programme, where they will take part inthree days of facilitated workshops to explore their understanding of leadership and further develop ideas for their bespoke UK professional placements. The group will then travel to the UK for three weeks in November this year, where they will develop their skills in consultation with high-profile individuals and organisations in their artistic fields.
On completion of the programme, participants form part of the national ACCELERATE alumni network, with access to continued support, training and international opportunities.
In its seventh successful year, ACCELERATE has been instrumental in discovering a pool of talent deep and wide in Indigenous culture as a new generation of leaders comes to the fore in Australia.
British Council Director Helen O’Neil says, “By the end of this year, ACCELERATE will have been instrumental in shaping the careers of 35 incredibly talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander creative leaders. It has been successful in developing long-lasting links and opportunities between arts practitioners in Australia and the UK and in creating career pathways for future generations."
The Australia Council for Arts is a founding partner of the initiative and continues its support in 2016. Lydia Miller, Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts at the Australia Council, says, “Keeping culture strong is one of the most universally important human endeavours. It requires recognition and support for the Indigenous cultural leadership and investment in the development of vibrant communities. The Australia Council is pleased to collaborate with the British Council on ACCELERATE as an important platform for First Nations arts leaders to develop their skills and engage in global dialogue.”
ACCELERATE 2016 is presented by the British Council and the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Arts NSW, Arts NT, Arts Queensland, Creative Victoria and Department of Culture and the Arts WA with additional support from SBS NITV.