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Developing indigenous leaders in the Australian arts sector…

We are delighted to be once again in the midst of the incredible British Council ACCELERATE Programme, as lead content designers and facilitators, working alongside the amazing Nicola Turner from NT Creative Arts.

Now in its sixth year, we have been involved almost from its inception, designing and delivering a tailored leadership development programme that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders working within the creative industries, with the skills and networks to excel in leadership positions. ACCELERATE is now widely acknowledged in the Australian cultural sector as being instrumental in discovering and nurturing a pool of talent, deep and wide in Indigenous culture.

This year, as well as reuniting with the alumni from previous years, we also spent time in Sydney this September working with five more outstanding leaders. The participants of the 2015 ACCELERATE programme are:

  • Marcus Corowa – a musician from New South Wales
  • Carly Sheppard – a dancer and choreographer from Victoria
  • Emma Loban – a visual arts and museums curator from Queensland
  • Teagan Cowlishaw – a fashion designer from Western Australia
  • Angela Flynn – a producer and arts manager from South Australia.

We will be welcoming this group to the UK in November when they will spend three weeks developing their skills in consultation with high-profile individuals and organisations in the UK arts and creative industries.

Kirsten Freeman, Deputy Director of British Council Australia said of our work this year:

thank you (once again) for delivering an outstanding week on ACCELERATE. We are completely in awe of how you did this after getting off a 24 hour flight but, not surprised. The personal attention and care you give each participant is incredible and what sets this programme apart. Your responsive delivery is central to the success of ACCELERATE and why it continues to attract attention as a model for leadership development.

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