Flying into the UK this week are a talented group of indigenous leaders from the Australian creative sector. ALA is delighted to be working, for the third year, with the British Council Australia’s ACCELERATE programme – a fully funded leadership initiative for leaders with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island heritage who work in creative industries.
Action learning plays an integral part in the tailored programme which also includes UK industry placements, mentoring and leadership development. ALA Managing Director, Ruth Cook, introduces the ACCELERATE recipients to action learning face to face and on their return to Australia at the end of November they will continue to meet as a virtual action learning set.
ACCELERATE aims to empower its alumni with the recognition, skills and networks to drive their careers, both internationally and in Australia and to tackle the under-representation of indigenous people in positions of influence within the country’s creative sector and mainstream media.
ACCELERATE 2013 recipients include award winning visual artist Solomon Booth; arts manager in indigenous development Ron Bradfield JNR and Museum Curator, Kimberly Moulton, who specialises in Victorian Aboriginal art. Dramatist and theatrical director, Andrea James, is best known for her production of “Kooriez in da Hood” – a contemporary arts project engaging young Aboriginal people with visual arts and performance. Another recipient is award winning photographer and contemporary artist, Michael Cook, whose ethereal dreamlike works have been widely exhibited in Australia and in the October Gallery in London.
For more details of ACCELERATE visit the British Council Australia website.