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Australia Council Awards Recipients 2019

David Bridie – Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Seven time ARIA award winning songwriter and composer David Bridie has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians. His repertoire ranges from recording artist to soundtrack composer, producer, lyricist, songwriter and singer, as well as specialist in the music of Melanesia, Bridie has certainly stamped his mark.

A founding member and songwriter of critically acclaimed musical groups Not Drowning Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Bridie has balanced his career as a live musician with the composition of soundtrack music, with credits for over 16 Feature films including Satellite Boy, Proof, Bran Nue DaeThe Man Who Sued God and Gone. His score for In a Savage Landlanded Bridie the award for “Best Original Score” at the AFI Awards, “Best Original Soundtrack” by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and “Best Soundtrack Album” at the 2000 ARIA Awards. Credits for his 29 television/short films/documentaries soundtracks include Remote Area Nurse for which he won an AFI Award, “Winner Best Independent Release” ARIA Award; and The Whitlam DocumentaryMABO, among others

David has always explored his particular passion for Melanesian life, music and history. Now regarded as the world’s foremost producer of Melanesian music artists, David has been instrumental in launching the musical careers of many of these artists including George Telek (PNG) who is now considered an elder statesman of Music in his home country and had his music released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. Other producing credits include Archie Roach’s Jamu Dreaming, Christine Anu’s Stylin Up and West Papuan string band Black Paradise’s Spirit Of Mambesak. Perhaps most importantly is his recent work with Pitjantjatjara man Frank Yamma for whom he has resurrected and relaunched a career that had been stymied by tragedy and the everyday challenges faced by indigenous men in Australia.

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Fablice Manirakiza – Kirk Robson Award

Fablice Manirakiza is a young leader from Burundi who has made an incredible impact on the local Burundian community in Victoria, the broader Australian arts sector, and his home country. Fablice has already traversed a remarkable journey, beginning with his escape from the military as a child soldier in war-torn Burundi, surviving refugee camps in Tanzania (Lukole), to his arrival in Australia in 2007.

Since arriving in Australia, Fablice has established himself as an artist of influence in Melbourne’s cultural landscape, working as a community cultural development worker to create connections between CALD youth and communities across Victoria. He has drawn heavily from his hip hop/rap practice to create interactive workshops for young people from marginalised communities focusing on song composition, beat making, music video production and performance skills.

In 2014, Fablice commenced working at Multicultural Arts Victoria as a Youth Arts and Cultural Development Officer and subsequently founded MAV’s Youth Steering Committee to assist and motivate multicultural leaders to address youth issues, liaising with State politicians to advocate for migrant and refugee communities.

With school students and community leaders alike, Fablice uses art to deliver messages of resilience and hope, particularly at a time when young CALD people are experiencing unprecedented levels of discrimination as race politics ascends in the media and in our public discourse. His aim is to demonstrate the capabilities of young people to contribute to community strengthening through creative pursuits.

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Helen Garner – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most cherished writers. She is known and admired for her fearless honesty in both her fiction and non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her novels include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room.

Monkey Grip became the Australian realist novel for a generation. As Bernadette Brennan writes in her biography A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, the publication of Monkey Grip was a watershed moment for our culture, charting “the complex female experiences of motherhood, sexuality and desire, within the changing social contexts of the seventies, and … explod[ing] notions of literary decorum”.

In her five non-fiction books, stories and numerous pieces of journalism, almost all touch on the darkness found in Australian suburbia. Her non-fiction is crafted with a novelist’s deft skill for character complexity, scene-setting and emotional depth.

Garner is much loved by Australian readers, writers and festival audiences. Her work, spanning more than four decades, has helped Australia define its identity and has created a genre all of its own.

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Joyce Hinterding – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award

Joyce Hinterding’s work explores physical and virtual dynamics. Her practice is based on investigations into energetic forces, through custom built field recording and monitoring technologies. These explorations into acoustic and electromagnetic phenomena have produced large sculptural antenna works, experimental drawings, video and sound-producing installations and experimental audio works for performance. She often collaborates with artist David Haines to produce large scale works that explore the tension between the fictive and the phenomenal. Joyce currently lives in The Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia, her audio work has been released by antiopic and she lectures part-time at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.

Joyce Hinterding is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery.

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Rachael Maza – Australia Council Award for Theatre

Rachael Maza is a Yidinji and Meriam woman and the current Artistic Director for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (2008 – present). Both born into a movement and carving her own legacy, Rachael stands strong for First Nations theatre making as a powerful tool for social justice and brings a wealth of acting, directing, dramaturgical experience and profile to black theatre in Australia. During her time as Artistic Director she has furthered lbijerri’s vision of creating Indigenous theatre that is both universal and uniquely Indigenous in its themes, resonating with local, national and international audiences.

As a performer, Rachael has contributed to several milestone productions, including Radiance for Belvoir St Theatre, The Aboriginal Protesters (directed by Noel Tovey), The Dreamers (written by Jack Davis and directed by Wesley Enoch), The Sapphires for MTC, Playbox Theatre & Belvoir St Theatre, and Beautiful One Day with Ilbijerri Theatre & Version 1.0 as a co-devisor and performer.

Rachael’s directing credits are equally impressive, including Stolen (Ilbijerri Theatre): Chopped Liver (Ilbijerri); YANDY (Black Swan Theatre Co); SHOW US YOUR TIDDA’s (Melbourne Workers Theatre); Jack Charles V the Crown (Ilbijerri); FOLEY (Ilbijerri); Which Way Home (Ilbijerri) and My URRWAI (Performing Lines/Belvoir/Ilbijerri).

Rachael contributes to arts leadership in her many advisory roles, and currently sits on the Board of ACMI, as well as the Circus OZ Indigenous Advisory Panel and Australian Opera’s Indigenous Advisory panel. She has previously been a panellist for the Balnaves Indigenous Playwrights Award and is currently on the Greenroom Award ‘Theatre Company’ Panel.

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Rhoda Roberts – Ros Bower Award

A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul and Gidabul clans of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda Roberts was the founder and Artistic Director of the annual International Festival The Dreaming based at Woodford,QLD. She was also a co-founding member of Australia’s first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT) and coined the term Welcome to Country, establishing protocol manuals and welcomes by local custodians for the arts industry.

Rhoda was the Founder and Artistic Director of Sydney Dreaming Festival and the former Artistic Director of the Festival of the Dreaming staged in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She has been involved with a number of large events in varying roles including Creative Director, Awakening Segment Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Rugby World Cup 2003, among others. Rhoda was the Creative Director for Songlines – the phenomenally successful lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails, which opened Vivid Festival Sydney 2016.

Recent consultancy work includes, advisor with the SPC Secretariat Pacific Communities, Based in Noumea for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. She has been appointed by the Jimmy Little Foundation to develop series of concerts based in the NT and developing series events for the NSWLALC titled Sacred.

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Susan Norrie – Australia Council Visual Arts Award

Susan Norrie was born 1953 and lives and works in Sydney. While initially known for her painting and installation, she has become increasingly renowned within Australia and internationally for her work in film, although her engagement with both painting and the moving image continues to influence each and intersect across her practice. Susan Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. In 2016 she was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra to create a major video/film project which will be completed in 2019.

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Vicki Van Hout – Australia Council Award for Dance

Vicki Van Hout is an Indigenous independent artist with over 20 years’ experience. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, she went on to perform with major Indigenous dance companies, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, before joining forces with Marilyn Miller as a founding member of Fresh Dancers. With Marilyn, Vicki performed Dear Carrie for One extra Dance and Quinkin for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Her show Briwyant was the first ever show by an independent Indigenous choreographer to tour nationally and was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Best Achievement in Independent Dance.

Vicki was awarded the 2014 NSW Dance Fellowship for established and mid-career artists – the first Indigenous winner of the Fellowship. She has also completed various residencies in Australia and overseas, including in Austria and Singapore.

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