ABC RN gives RMIT graduate behind-the-scenes access to Australia’s arts media

ABC RN gives RMIT graduate behind-the-scenes access to Australia’s arts media

RMIT alumna Dr Amaara Raheem has been chosen as one of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for ABC RN’s 2022 TOP 5 Arts Media Residency.

The ABC has selected 5 of Australia’s dynamic early-career research talent for its 2022 TOP 5 Arts Media Residency.

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, ABC RN in Melbourne will host the successful applicants for a hands-on two weeks ‘in residence’ where they will work with some of Australia’s best arts journalists and broadcasters.

Raheem’s work investigates artist-in-residence programs and how they offer invaluable site-specific infrastructures for critical thinking, cross-cultural collaboration and artistic experimentation.

Raheem completed her practice research PhD at RMIT in the School of Architecture and Urban Design in 2021 with supervisors, Associate Professors Suzie Attiwill and Charles Anderson. 

Following this, she was appointed Lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts (Dance) whilst also continuing her practice as a freelance dance-artist and performer.

“I feel incredibly excited and joyful to be selected for ABC Top 5. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to meet other amazing artists and thinkers, to get an insight into a national broadcasting service and to learn many new skills and information,” Raheem said.

“In particular, I'm looking forward to learning about the art of telling stories from a media perspective, rather than through dance or theatre.”

Amaara Raheem writes on a piece of glass. Two microphones are pointing towards her. Dr Amaara Raheem. Source: Briony Barr.

The ABC program provides a unique opportunity for culture makers to go behind-the-scenes with the ABC’s expert communicators, burnishing the skills of these future leaders and role models so that their important work can be celebrated by Australians everywhere.

Cath Dwyer, Manager of ABC RN, said the TOP 5 Arts puts us directly in touch with what’s taking place in our cultural industries

“RN has always covered Arts and culture, so we are pleased to bring into the network an extraordinary group that will enrich our coverage and connections.”

Australia Council for the Arts Executive Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Georgie McClean was one of the judges in charge of selecting the participants.  

“These five brilliant Australian artists and thinkers draw on diverse creative passions and some wild and rich experiences: from arts residencies on cargo ships to global music collaborations in Australia’s pubs to the secret histories of radical women of Australian ballet,” she said. 

“They are all great storytellers, ready to make important contributions to our contemporary cultural conversations including how art can change how we approach justice and how parenting reshapes – or stifles – creative careers.”

Raheem is currently writing a book which furthers her PhD research, exploring artist-in-residence programs offered all over the world.  

“It aims to share artistic creative process as well as my own lived experiences of being 'in-residence’,” she said. 

For further details about the TOP 5 program, visit the ABC website


Story: Nick Adams


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