Curator heads overseas on Churchill fellowship

Curator and producer Carly Davenport.
Curator and producer Carly Davenport.

The fellowship will allow her to explore the use of participatory media toolkits by indigenous communities as she travels to the Philippines, UK, US and Peru.

Mrs Davenport was one of 11 West Australians to be awarded a fellowship.

She said participatory media was an emerging practice and not widely used in Australia.

It could be used to bridge cultural, political and digital divides, conserve cultural diversity and build community leadership.

‘Participatory media grew from early ethnographic filmmaking in 1960s and today the toolkits are used by marginalised indigenous communities in shaping and creating their own films to tackle a spectrum of issues,’ Mrs Davenport said.

Mrs Davenport was a curator and producer of the multi-award winning Canning Stock Route Exhibition.

Her intention in founding that exhibition was to empower Aboriginal |people in telling their own histories through traditional, contemporary and new media platforms.

‘I’m passionate about culture ” in all its complexity and diversity ” and its convergence with new technologies, storytelling and the creative industries ‘