Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
Churchill Fellowship winner and Territory textile artist Anna Reynolds. Image courtesy Shilo McNamee
Churchill Fellowship winner and Territory textile artist Anna Reynolds. Image courtesy Shilo McNamee

Celebrating two Churchill Fellowship recipients

Co-director of the CDU Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Associate Professor Yvette Roe, and Master of Creative Arts graduate Anna Reynolds are among 115 visionary Australians recognised with a prestigious Churchill Fellowship award.

Established in 1965, the Churchill Fellowship Trust gives Australians an opportunity to conduct research overseas. It also aims to reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of excellence.

Through the Fellowship, Dr Roe will travel to Canada and meet leading Indigenous researchers from University of Manitoba, Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health Toronto, The Toronto Birth Centre and the University of Saskatchewan.

She said she aimed to bridge the knowledge gap in Australia and accelerate the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve maternal and infant health.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to meet with international experts in Indigenous maternal and infant health,” Dr Roe said.

“Australia currently lags behind Canada and New Zealand in involving the Indigenous community in the development and delivery of Birthing on Country services.”

A primary outcome of the Fellowship will be a How To Guide to identifying, measuring, implementing and evaluating community engagement for maternity services – a first in Australia.

The second Fellowship recipient, Anna Reynolds, will travel to Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom to investigate art textile hubs, focusing on sustainable manufacturing and global markets.

“This is a great honour,” Ms Reynolds said.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to investigate the textile revolution in Europe and to see how they’re applying digital rendering in textile production.”

Ms Reynolds will visit artists, designers, studios, galleries, museum collections, showrooms, markets, fairs and textile expos to gain insights and foster collaborative relationships relevant to her creative textile production. She said she was particularly looking forward to the Neonyt, a global hub for fashion, sustainability and innovation in Germany.

“I hope to gain a better understanding of sustainable global textile manufacturing and marketplace potential for my creative practice, but I’ll also be sharing this new knowledge with other Territorians who produce art textiles.”

Ms Reynolds said she would facilitate creative workshops, artist talks and exhibitions at her studio in Darwin on her return.