National Convention of Churchill Fellows


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Inaugural Event at Darwin Trailer Boat Club


NT CFA Event

On 15 April, the Churchill Fellows’ Association held its first event at the picturesque setting of the Darwin Trailer Boat Club. Just over 20 attendees enjoyed drinks, food and reminiscing.

The event provided an opportunity for past and future Fellows to network and discuss their Fellowships as well as what they are currently doing in their field of interest.

Two of our recently returned Fellows,  John Dahlsen  and Sandra Wendlandt gave very interesting presentations about their Fellowship trips and outcomes.

John Dahlsen is an environmental artist who is currently lecturing in art at Charles Darwin University, where he is also doing his PhD in environmental art. John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 for artistic research to be undertaken in Japan and Holland. His Fellowship aim was to study with master woodblock printers in Japan and further the development of environmental art, as well as conduct research in the Netherlands regarding how Vincent van Gogh was influenced by woodblock prints in his art.

Sandra Wendlandt is a criminal lawyer in the Darwin office of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). Sandra was awarded the Justice James Muirhead Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to travel to New Zealand, Canada, UK, Belgium, Germany and South Africa. Her Fellowship aim was to explore alternative and culturally specific programs which aim to divert Indigenous first time offenders from the criminal justice system.

At the event, the Honourable Justice Jenny Blokland, Chair of the Churchill Fellowship Northern Territory Regional Committee also presented medallions to returned Fellows.

Planning is underway for a similar event to be held in Alice Springs later this year.