Fourteen participants have been shortlisted for this year’s ACCELERATE program, a career-building experience run by the British Council for Indigenous Australians working in creative industries. The program aims to empower its alumni with the recognition, skills and networks to drive their own careers, both internationally and at home. ACCELERATE came about in response to the lack of representation of Indigenous Australians in positions of influence within the creative sector and mainstream media.
More than 40 artists, from dance, design, and the visual and performing arts, applied for the 2012 program. The 14 shortlisted applicants will take part in a Leadership Intensive workshop in Australia. Five will then be selected to travel to the UK on a tailored professional visit.
The shortlisted applicants are: Alison Page (NSW); Nicole Boree (NSW); r e a (NSW); Lily Shearer (NSW); Jane Harrison (Vic); Isaac Drandic (Vic); Jefa Herbert Josef Greenaway (Vic); Rita Pryce (Qld); Bianca Beetson (Qld); Ronald Bradfield (WA); Carly Lane (WA); Gina Williams (WA); Anne Hanning (NT) and Troy-Anthony Baylis (SA).
Visit ACCELERATE for more information. This year's program is jointly presented by the British Council and the Australia Council for the Arts in association with Arts NSW, the Queensland Government, Arts Victoria, the WA Government and Virgin Atlantic Airways. This is the third year the ACCELERATE program has run.