Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

    Scholarships for Aboriginal performing arts students

    20/06/2001 4:00 PM

    A mother with five children and three grandchildren, a former Telstra technician and a fine arts graduate are among the outstanding Aboriginal students who received scholarships to help them study at the State’s most prestigious arts academy.

    In presenting the WMC Resources scholarships, Indigenous Affairs Minister Alan Carpenter said the awards helped Aboriginal students and the wider community better understand Aboriginal culture.

    The scholarships are to study either the one-year Aboriginal Theatre Certificate course or the three-year Associate Diploma at Edith Cowan University’s WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

    “The skills learnt by these students will help them bring elements of their indigenous culture to mainstream arts,” Mr Carpenter said.

    “Increasing the understanding of Aboriginal culture is important for the future of indigenous communities and for good relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

    “It’s important that Aboriginal people feel their culture is valued by the broader community.

    “I am please that a company, particularly from the mining industry, is sponsoring these important scholarships for Aboriginal people.”

    The main prizes worth $3,000 each are:
    • Outstanding Female Student: Charmaine Cole, (34), from Marangaroo.
      Charmaine has an undergraduate degree in fine art and an associate degree in Aboriginal Art from Curtin University. She is enrolled in the visual arts honours program specialising in painting and has ambitions to do a Masters degree.
    • Outstanding male Student: Trevor Ryan, (27), from Hilton.
      Originally from the Murchison, Trevor, a Telstra technician, is studying for the Academy’s Aboriginal theatre certificate.
    Students awarded Excellent Potential prizes (plus an award for a member of the Broome Aboriginal Certificate Course) valued at $1,500 each were:
    • Rachael Rastrick, (25), Albany.
      Currently undertaking a three-year theatre course, Rachael has studied classical violin and sung in a number of bands. Adopted when she was only four months old, she will use the scholarship money to meet her natural mother’s extended family in Kununurra.
    • Carlie Ugle, (17).
      Originally from Bunbury, Carlie was involved in theatre in secondary school and won a local competition for solo acting. She is doing the Aboriginal Theatre course at WAAPA.
    • Alan Rosenwald, (18), of Greenwood.
      Alan studied drama throughout high school and plans to audition for the three-year acting course at the end of the year. He has acted in a children’s TV show and says acting helps him understand his Aboriginal heritage.
    • Sandra Kelly, Broome.
      At 42 and with five children and three grandchildren, Sandra has shown a lot of determination to do the Aboriginal Theatre certificate course in Broome. She is highly motivated, intelligent and passionate in her work and will move to Perth to do the three-year mainstream theatre course starting in 2002.
    Media contact: Owen Cole 9213 6806