The Helen Noonan Prize is open to female creatives working in the Performing Arts who are either Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Submissions must have been presented or performed in Victoria between 1 October 2018 and 1 October 2019 and have had at least four public performances. Submissions must be innovative, engaging, excellent and make an outstanding contribution to female driven story-telling and will be assessed against these criteria by the judging panel. The winning submission will have furthered the campaign for equal voice, equal representation.
Formed in April 2018, the A.W.E. Alliance is a not-for-profit Melbourne-based association of women who work in the arts and entertainment industry across all disciplines and funding bases. We aim, through building a collaborative support network for female creatives, to foster gender parity in artistic leadership and increase female-driven storytelling.
In November 2018, over 80 women from diverse performing arts backgrounds gathered at Chapel off Chapel for the inaugural A.W.E. think-tank “Zeitgeist”. A.W.E. founder, Theresa Borg, says that “…the express aim is to further the cause for equal voice and equal representation in creative leadership.” The women of the A.W.E. Alliance were spurred into action by their own experience of exclusion, reinforced by research revealing that while women are the major consumers and contributors to the creative industries, they are drastically underrepresented as artistic leaders.
Knowing just how important it is to support new ideas and new works with financial support, we created the Helen Noonan Prize in memory of our dear friend and colleague.
Funds raised will be given to the winning recipient of the Helen Noonan Prize in November 2019.
In addition to the prize money, the winner will receive two weeks accommodation in Queenscliff donated by A.W.E. founder Theresa Borg. Effectively, the prize awards money and time that will allow the winner some short-term financial independence to focus on their current or future project.
For more information please contact:
Karen Van Spall 0405 311 880