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WA Aboriginal advocate wins Churchill Fellowship

Emilia Galatis, who has worked with regional and remote artists for a decade, is looking to increase the currently limited opportunities for remote Aboriginal artists after being awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship earlier this year.

One of the 112 people from across the country chosen for the Fellowship, Galatis will travel to the United Arab Emirates, China, the USA, and the UK to research international commercial enterprise models and help connect Aboriginal artists with the global market.

“Engagement with the growing global interest in non-Western art traditions is critical for the future development of the indigenous Australian art sector at a time when the Australian market is seeing limited growth,” she said.

“The new international relationships I hope to broker will be centred on commercial longevity and two way reciprocity between Western Australian artists and the international art world.”

The aim of the Fellowship, endorsed by UK prime minister Winston Churchill before he died, is to provide ordinary people a unique opportunity to travel, learn, and bring knowledge back to their country.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust chief executive Adam Davey said Galatis’ project was the perfect example of how the Fellowship could meaningfully benefit Australian communities.

“It is wonderful to know that Churchill Fellows, like Emilia, are expanding their knowledge and going abroad to build connections to further the interests of their fellow Australians,” he said.

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