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Nominations now open for the 2011 national Yvonne Cohen Award

Friday, 15 July 2011


Nominations are now open for the 2011 Annual Yvonne Cohen Award for Creative Indigenous Australian Youth.

Now in its seventh year, the Award is open to individuals under 30 years of age and offers the successful recipient $5000 to support them on their creative path.

In the past the Award has been won by a diverse group of young creative individuals. In 2010 Year 12 student William Haupt from Oakey, near Toowoomba in Queenslan, became the youngest ever recipient of the award. William’s portfolio of work and his passion and commitment to his art and creative endeavours was considered outstanding.

Recognising creativity as an integral part of the future for many young Indigenous Australians and is the cornerstone of the Award, which is managed by the Yvonne Cohen Award Trustees, Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin and Ms Michelle Evans.

The Award was initiated by the late Yvonne Cohen a successful artist in her own right. Although not Indigenous, Yvonne Cohen spent a large part of her life living and working on Timara Island, North Queensland.

Such was her belief in the creative arts being a positive outlet and opportunity for young Indigenous men and women, she bequest a significant amount of money toward the establishment and fostering of the award over a twenty-five year period.

“Each year we, the Trustees of the Yvonne Cohen Award, are privileged to be able to bestow this significant financial encouragement to one individual, enabling them to continue and enhance their artistic work,” Ms Evans said.

As well as William Haupt, other past Award recipients include singer/songwriter Kerrianne Cox, performer and producer Lionel Austin, actor and musician Mark Coles Smith and Queensland artist and broadcaster, Michelle Tyhuis.

Staff are encouraged to nominate an appropriate young Indigenous man or woman in the creative arts field.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for you to give a young person a real opportunity,” said Ms Evans.

Selection Criteria

  • A growth of artistic and/or creative ability
  • Artistic and/or community leadership
  • Evidence of positive achievements in the arts

Who may nominate

  • Nominations will be accepted from organisations and individuals
  • The Award is open to Indigenous Australian people 30 years or under
  • Applicants must be nominated by an organisation or individual and cannot nominate themselves

What should you submit

Nominations should comprise:

  • A CV of the nominee including birth date and contact details
  • A letter from the nominator addressing one or more of the above selection criteria
  • Two letters of support/recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter) from colleagues/peers and/or community members
  • One type of supporting material (eg. Photographs, slides, DVD, CD etc)

NOMINATIONS CLOSE September 30th, 2011.

Please forward nominations by post or email to:
Yvonne Cohen Award Nominations
C/- The PR Exchange Pty Ltd
P.O. Box 27
Foster Victoria 3960

Please direct all enquires to Sue Davies on 03 5684 1274 or 0419 434 398


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