ACCELERATE alumni

About the ACCELERATE Alumni

Since 2009, ACCELERATE has developed an alumni group of 35 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts leaders across the creative disciplines, including music, theatre, fashion, design, literature, writing, visual arts and dance.

Alumni have gone on to excel in their fields and are represented in many leading institutions including the National Gallery Australia, National Museum of Australia, Regional Arts NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Blak & Bright Festival, as well as in the creative industries, animation, fashion and music. They have worked with UK companies and organisations in theatre, dance, museums, animation and design. 

ACCELERATE alumni are: 

2016
Jilda Andrews 
Kamarra Bell-Wykes 
Travis De Vries 
Glenn Iseger-Pilkington
Francoise Lane
Jonathon Saunders

2015
Marcus Corowa
Carly Sheppard
Emma Loban
Teagan Cowlishaw
Angela Flynn

2014
Jacob Boehme
Clotilde Bullen
Carly Lane
Lucy Simpson

2013
Solomon Booth
Ron Bradfield Jnr
Michael Cook
Andrea James
Kimberley Moulton

2012
Jane Harrison
Nicole Monks
Alison Page
Lily Shearer
Rita Pryce
Gina Williams

2011
Barbara Matters
Marilyn Miller
Kyle Morrison
Kevin O'Brien
Sharon Paten
Alick Tipoti

2009
Tina Baum
Alisa Duff
Peter White

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

Thanks to additional investment from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2016, the British Council delivered an expanded suite of activities to support the alumni network and showcase work on an international scale. 

Alumni curated two international gatherings of First Nations leaders in arts and culture: Marram-nganjinu Biik-gurrin (meaning 'We are Country') in 2017 and Yirama Yangga-na ("Spirit Singing") in 2016.

Alumni also had the opportunity to come together at a national leadership development intensive, and to apply for an International Collaboration Fund to support ongoing international collaboration and new creative projects with connections in the UK.