Three 2018 NSW Churchill Fellows: Tricia Adjei, Morwenna Collett, and Jo Higgins will give short presentations about their work in relation to their Churchill Fellowships. In conversation they will discuss:
Morwenna Collett CF 2018
Project: To explore inclusive music programs, venues and festivals which actively engage disabled people – USA, UK, Ireland Link to Morwenna’s Project and Report
Morwenna Collett is deeply committed to divesity and inclusion and is particularly passionate about increasing accessibility within the music industry. Morwenna has a Bachelor Music in Advanced Performance and a Masters in Music (Performance and Research) from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Flinders Univesrity. Morwenna has a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training from Marc Radcliffe Institution, a Certificate IV in Access Consulting through the Access Institute and a Prince2 Project Management certificate from ALC Training. Morwenna is an acoomplished leader, consultant, and facilitator with 15 years’ experience in government, arts, not for profit and university sectors. Morwenna has worn the hats of CEO, Board Director, senior management team member, project manager, lecturer, researcher, trainer and advisor. Morwenna is sought after for her expertise in the fields of the arts, disability and accessiblity, with her work influenced by her own lived experience as a musician with disability. Morwenna has helped transform approaches to diversity for a wide range of organisations, including the Unlimited Comissions Programme (UK), National Gallery of Australia, Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Opera Queensland, Sydney Living Museums, Blacktown Arts Cente and the Australia Council for the Arts. Morwenna has developed national programs and initiatives, contributed to significant pieces of national arts and disability policy, raised funding from new revenue streams and expanded organisations into new areas. Morwenna currently runs her own arts consulting business, specialising in diversity, access and inclusion. She is also currently the Interim CEO at Accessible Arts, a Board Director of Arts Capital and an accessibility advisor for the City of Sydney, Sydney Festival and Perth Festival. Morwenna was previously the Chair of the Sydney Arts Managers Advisory Group and has held senior management roles at the Australian Council for the Arts.
Jo Higgins CF 2018
Project: To investigate different models of informal learning and youth-led engagement in arts organisations – USA, Canada Link to Jo’s Project and Report
Jo has worked in the museum and gallery sector for over ten years and is an independent audience engagement consultant. She is also a public programmer, educator, researcher and arts writer, and a 2018 Churchill Fellow, investigating different models of informal and youth-led learning programs in arts institutions.
Jo is driven by an enthusiastic belief in art’s capacity to negotiate and inspire new ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us and in all its guises, her work strives to illuminate these ideas and connections for a wide range of audiences and sector stakeholders.
Jo currently works as an arts researcher for the ABC and has previously worked for Kaldor Public Art Projects, the Australian Design Centre, the South London Gallery and as the Young Creatives Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. With expertise and a focus on informal, peer-led learning programs for young people, Jo is looking to work with museums and galleries to identify and develop programming opportunities, build capacities and to help advocate for the inclusion, contribution and expertise of young people within arts institutions.
Jo is the author of 21st Century Portraits (NPG London, 2013) and a contributing author to Beyond Community Engagement: transforming dialogues in art, education and the cultural sphere, (UNSW/Common Ground Publishing 2018). She was a contributing writer for the 2016 Biennale of Sydney and has written for ABC Arts, Museums & Galleries NSW, Art Collector, Artlink and Marmalade magazines as well as artist essays for exhibitions at Alaska Projects and The Lock Up, Newcastle.
Jo has a MA Contemporary Art from Manchester University and a Bachelor History/Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) degree from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.
Patricia Adjei CF 2018
Project: To investigate the protection of Indigenous cultural rights in Panama and the United States – Panama, USA, Switzerland Link to Patricia’s Project and Report
Patricia Adjei is a Wuthathi, Mabulag Islander and Ghanaian woman from Sydney. Trish is passionate about human rights and justice. Trish has dedicated her career to fighting for the cultural and intellectual property rights of First Nations communities. She is also passionate about visual arts and cultural expression. Trish is currently Head of First Nations arts and culture, with the Australia Council for the Arts. She is a Consultant with the World Intellectual Property Organization and a member of the working group on Beyond Blue’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Trish has a Certificate of Executive Management in Organisational Leadership from the AGSM @ UNSW Business School, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law from the College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts and Law from UNSW. In 2018 Trish reviewed and provided advice on Country Road’s first Indigenous Engagement Guidelines, to affirm how the brand can commit to moving forward in partnership with First Nations communities.