Media Release

13 July 2007

Inaugural Australia-China Council Churchill Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust recently awarded fellowships to 117 talented Australians.  For the first time, one of those fellowships was sponsored by the Australia-China Council for a project that would enhance people-to-people links and mutual understanding between Australia and China.

We are pleased to announce that Ms Amanda Phillips, a dancer, director, actor, choreographer and educator from Adelaide in South Australia, has been awarded the Australia-China Council Churchill Fellowship in 2007.  Her project is to identify strategies for implementing cultural education and learning of the arts through inclusive systems for dance in Asia.  In undertaking her fellowship, Ms Phillips will spend eight weeks visiting China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore from September with over $22,000 of support from the Council.

Ms Phillips is currently undertaking an Australia-China Council residency at the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan. 

Ms Phillips holds a Masters in Dance from the Laban Centre in London, a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Adelaide.  She has received a number of other awards including the Centenary Medal for service to the community through the arts (2003), SA Young Australian of the Year for the Arts (2002), Arts SA Premier’s Award for Emerging Artist of the Year (2001), Bonnie Bird Mentorship Award in the United Kingdom (2000), and Queen’s Trust for Young Australians Award (1999).

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