About the ACCELERATE Alumni

Since 2009, ACCELERATE has developed an alumni of 29 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts leaders across the creative disciplines including: music, theatre, fashion, design, literature, writing, visual arts and dance. Alumni from the programme have gone on to excel in their fields and are in leading institutions from the National Gallery Australia to the Blak & Bright Festival, as well as regional communities and international showcases.

ACCELERATE alumni are: 

Marcus Corowa
Carly Sheppard
Emma Loban
Teagan Cowlishaw
Angela Flynn

Jacob Boehme
Clotilde Bullen
Carly Lane
Lucy Simpson

Solomon Booth
Ron Bradfield Jnr
Michael Cook
Andrea James
Kimberley Moulton

Jane Harrison
Nicole Monks
Alison Page
Lily Shearer
Rita Pryce
Gina Williams

Barbara Matters
Marilyn Miller
Kyle Morrison
Kevin O'Brien
Sharon Paten
Alick Tipoti

Tina Baum
Alisa Duff
Peter White

You can download more about each of the alumni and their ACCELERATE journeys here

Thanks to investment from the Australia Council for the Arts, in 2016 the British Council will not only deliver the annual ACCELERATE Leadership Development and UK programme, but also an expanded suite of activities to support the alumni network and showcase work on an international scale. 

Alumni will curate an international gathering of First Nations leaders in arts and culture in July 2016, and will have the opportunity to come together at a national leadership development intensive in August, as well as apply for an International Collaboration Fund for new creative projects with connections in the UK. 


In July 2016, First Nations arts leaders from around the world came together at the University of Wollongong for a cultural leadership forum produced and presented by ACCELERATE alumni.

“The forum seeks to create an International First Nations Cultural Leadership cohort, who will work together to further the development of a body of knowledge around cultural leadership and instigate professional development activities for First Nations arts leaders," said the event's creative producers Marilyn Miller and Kyle Morrison.

The event was presented by the British Council in conjunction with the Australia Council for the Arts, with additional support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the University of Wollongong. A second forum is planned for 2017 to deepen the artistic outcomes and relationships forged between the ACCELERATE alumni and International First Nations leaders.

Find out more here.