SCA alumni selected as University Graduate Medal finalists

SCA alumni Janelle Evans BVA (Hons) ’13 MFA ’16 and Clare Britton MSA ’16 have been announced as two of 20 finalists for the University of Sydney Graduate Medals.

The Graduate Medals acknowledge the academic excellence and contributions to the University of Sydney’s diverse intellectual life from our most recent graduates. The six medals recognise undergraduate, master’s by coursework, international student, academic and sport, PhD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement.

Janelle Evans is a finalist for the Sister Alison Bush Medal which honours academic excellence and contribution to the diverse life of the University and the broader community by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander graduate.

The first in her family to complete a university degree, Janelle is making an impact as an artist and filmmaker. She has facilitated the production of more than 300 short film scripts and 25 short films as part of a program with Aboriginal middle school students in 21 remote communities.

“The University has recognised my leadership potential and encouraged my development,” Janelle says.

Clare Britton is a finalist for the Edmund Barton Medal which honours master’s by coursework graduates who have achieved academic excellence and enriched the diverse life of the University and the broader community.

Clare was the recipient of the 2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and is co-founder of My Darling Patricia, a dynamic art and performance collective that has received range of awards and nominations, including a Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Production and Best Design.

“Studying at Sydney College of the Arts has stretched my range, honed my critical thinking and developed my practice,” she says.

“I’ve been able to do this with the support of studio space and workshop facilities, with the supervision of leaders in my field.”

The winners of the Graduate Medals will be announced on Thursday 27 April. A list of other finalists is available here.