Lenine is an award winning professional community engaged arts practitioner and creative producer who has worked across a diverse range of arts and cultural forms.
She works to engage people, groups and communities in arts and cultural exchanges and experiences. This work is always created around specific social, environmental or cultural issues impacting the people involved. She has worked across visual and performing arts, including producing and curating large-scale events, festivals, community arts programs, exhibitions, live arts and research and policy development. She has been the Executive Director of Young People and the Arts Australia and Artistic Director of Contact Inc and most recently finished her time as Director of Community Partnerships at the Australia Council for the Arts. Currently she is an independent practitioner working nationally but based in Brisbane.
Recognised as a leader in the Community Arts and Cultural Development sector nationally in 2005 with the inaugural Kirk Robson award and then again in 2013 with the Australia Council fellowship in Community Partnerships. She is an advocate for diversity in the arts and diverse communities in the public domain. This work is delivered not only as an artist but also through sector development, as a published writer, public facilitator, committee member and community organiser. She aspires to make change, which supports artists and communities to live socially and culturally rich lives. Her work is regarded as innovative, collaborative, having integrity and partnership orientated.
Her ongoing program with children and young people is called The Walking Neighbourhood, details can be found at www.thewalkingneighbourhood.com.au. And when she was 5 her mum trusted her enough to sit in a cinema and watch a movie by herself, and now she parents a wildly energetic 3 year old who thinks she is a triceratops.