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2021 Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship awarded to Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates.

Above: Ali Murphy-Oates (photo: Stephen Wilson Barker)

Above: Ali Murphy-Oates at NIDA

NIDA is excited to award the 2021 Luminis Foundation Indigenous Fellowship in Cultural Leadership to Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates, the Managing Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts.

The Fellowship supports Ali to undertake NIDA's Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership by funding 50% of the course fee. Accepting the Fellowship, Ali said: ‘It's an honour to be the 2021 recipient of the Luminis Fellowship. In my work I am driven to create space and opportunities for First Peoples artists and community to gather, create, and share.’

‘To know that NIDA and the Luminis Foundation share that mission and are supporting myself and others to further develop our skills, education, and networks through the MFA (Cultural Leadership) is thrilling. I'm excited to be on this adventure, honoured to be joining the cohort of previous recipients and I look forward to celebrating the next Fellow in turn!'

Ali is a proud Wailwan woman (Central-West NSW) who was born and raised on Darkinjung land (Central Coast NSW). Now based on Gadigal and Bidjigal land in Sydney, Ali is Managing Director at Moogahlin Performing Arts, working alongside a team of First Peoples artists and producers to develop, produce, and present distinctive, culturally immersive, and interdisciplinary performance works by and for First Peoples communities.

Ali Murphy-Oates and the Managing Director of Luminis Partners, Jamie Garis, at NIDA

NIDA CEO Liz Hughes, Head of Cultural Leadership Karilyn Brown and the Managing Director of Luminis Partners, Jamie Garis, presented the Fellowship to Ali at NIDA.

‘It gives me immense pride to be able to support this incredibly talented and courageous artist,’ said Liz Hughes. ‘This Fellowship is about developing our future First Nations creative leaders, and it is wonderful to have forward-thinking and innovative organisations like the Luminis Foundation as partners. I wish to thank Luminis Partners for their generosity. They have been longstanding supporters of the arts and education, both through the Luminis Foundation and in their personal capacities.’

‘Ali was a very strong candidate for this Fellowship, who believes it is critically important to enrich First Nations communities, to increase the overall representation of First Peoples running companies and organisations, and to implement First Nations-led practices and approaches through all organisations, not only First Peoples-led organisations,’ said Karilyn Brown.

The Luminis Fellowship is worth $15,000 and previous winners include performer and choreographer Jax Cornforth, Marilyn Miller, Board Member of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and Granny’s Yarns coach and counsellor for children in out-of-home care, and Mel George, glass artist and manager of Ernabella Arts, Australia’s oldest Indigenous art centre.

Feeling inspired? Everything you need to know about the Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) can be found here. Register your interest here to NIDA Open Day on June 12.

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