Murdoch’s own Curtis Taylor has received the Youth Arts Award and the Wesfarmers Indigenous Youth Scholarship at the 2011 Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards.
The Youth Arts Award is given to a young person aged between 18 and 25 years engaged in the pursuit of excellence in the arts. The Wesfarmers Indigenous Youth Scholarship is a $6,000 donation to assist and support in gaining knowledge and experience with a nominated mentor.
At only 21 years of age, the Bachelor of Culture, Communications and Media student is already an experienced filmmaker. He’s written and directed seven short films, been director of photography on four films and has also had his work shown at the National Museum of Australia.
Celebrate WA Chairman John Poynton AM CitWA said the awards night was a truly memorable event and a great opportunity to recognise a group of inspiring people making massive contributions to WA.
“Mr Taylor has demonstrated great skill and commitment to his craft and has achieved an enormous amount in just a few years. He is a worthy recipient of both the Youth Arts Award and the Wesfarmers Indigenous Youth Scholarship,” he said.
After finishing school in 2008, Mr Taylor worked as the Community Coordinator and Youth Development Officer at Martu Media, an organisation that develops the media skills of the Martu people through digital literacy development.
He spent 18 months as a filmmaker and youth ambassador on the Canning Stock Route Project where he worked to produce four short films which are part of the interactive touch screens element of this national and international touring exhibition.
He is currently working on the Stories Project and curating the multimedia content for a Stanford University Exhibition for which he is curator, consultant, educator, and a representative and advocate for the Martu people.