Tuesday 3 September 2013
Prestigious awards for community arts andcultural development leaders
Three leaders in community arts and cultural development have been recognised by the AustraliaCouncil for the Arts at an annual awards ceremony held in Sydney last night.
Australia Council Chair, Rupert Myer AM and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Grybowski presented theCommunity Arts and Cultural Development Awards, which celebrate practitioners who make a difference totheir communities through their work.The major award recipients for 2013 are:
Dr Paula Abood
received the Ros Bower Award for artists with a proven record of highachievement in community arts and cultural development, with an emphasis on the philosophiesand principles of equality, respect, and diversity.
received the Kirk Robson Award which recognises outstanding leadership fromyoung people working in community arts and cultural development, particularly in the areas of reconciliation and social justice; and
s this year’s recipient of the Community Partnerships Fellowship
which supportsartists with an outstanding record of achievement of at least 10 years practice to undertake atwo-year program of further creative or professional development.
These three awards provide special recognition for inspirational arts practitioners who typically work andcreate in partnership with other practitioners and the community
,” Mr Grybowski said
Paula Abood is an artist, writer and educator who has worked with culturally diverse communities for thepast 25 years and changed the lives of many through community engagement.
“Sarah Emery is a multi
-arts practitioner and a qualified teacher who has partnered with health, education,welfare, youth and arts organisations to create collaborative projects with people marginalised by society.
“Lenine Bourke focuses the majority of her work
on engaging children, young people and those from diversecommunities.
“They have each made distinguished and generous contributions to the
communities they work in and theyare very worthy award recipients. We were delighted that members of the Bower and Robson families werein attendance at the awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
Dr Paula Abood is from West Ryde in Sydney. She has written for performance, radio, literary publicationsand film, including
Parenting Stories, Huriyya and her Sisters, The Afghan Women’s Dobaiti Project, The
Book of African Australian Stories
Of Middle Eastern Appearance.
She teaches Community andCultural Development at Ultimo TAFE, is a committee member of the Arab Film Festival and works onstorytelling projects with western Sydney communities.Sydney-based Sarah Emery is an Associate Director of Milk Crate Theatre, which helps artists who haveexperienced homelessness or social marginalisation to make theatre that creates change. She is also anindependent artist with Heaps Decent and was Outreach Director at Shopfront from 2008 to April 2013.Lenine Bourke is from Annerley in Brisbane. She is the Artistic Director at Contact Inc and has led manyother projects and arts organisations, including as Executive Director at Young People and the Arts Australia. She was the recipient of the Kirk Robson Award in 2006, and the Fellowship will support her undertake a two-year professional and creative development program, which will involve exploringprofessional placements and collaborations.