Pettman DARE Fellow announced for 2019/20

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Jacqueline Coats will be the New Zealand recipient of the 2019/20 Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management.

Jacqueline Coats will be the New Zealand recipient of the 2019/20 Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management.

The Fellowship is a one of a kind post-graduate diploma, awarded to one New Zealand citizen and one UK or EEA citizen. The fully-funded programme is for professionals in music engagement, giving a year of practical experience in the Education department at Opera North and study at the University of Leeds, in the UK.

Best known by many as a director and assistant director with New Zealand Opera, Jacqueline has also adapted and directed works for the company’s Opera in Schools programme, reaching thousands of school children every year.

Coats says that the Pettman DARE Fellowship is a rare opportunity to take some time in her career to expand her experience and knowledge in an area that she's passionate about.
“It is exciting for me to be able to spend nine months with the incredible inhouse Education team at Opera North working particularly on the Northern Heartlands Community Opera project, while also studying arts education at the University of Leeds. I will then return to New Zealand to roll out a special project here.

“I strongly believe that music has the exceptional power to reflect, disseminate and celebrate that which makes us human, with all our differences and diversity.  As my work has developed, I have become more and more interested in finding ways to engage with communities directly and I have reached a stage where I would like to see how my explorations and discoveries might become part of a wider national conversation, and how this might be achieved through further study.

“The Pettman DARE Fellowship will provide me with the gift of time to be able to focus my thinking in this area, while also developing my skills as an educator and practitioner.”

2018/19 Fellow Blaire White has recently returned to New Zealand and has started a three-month stint with New Zealand Opera to begin a project based on what she learned during her time in the UK.

“The Pettman DARE Fellowship has been an incredible opportunity for me to gain international experience in the arts and cultural sector,” said Blaire.

“Throughout the 12 months I have been encouraged to question, challenge and learn how arts organisations impact the people and places that surround them. I had an amazing hands-on experience working for nine months with Opera North, helping project manage a wide variety of community-based projects in the North of England.

“Through this process, combined with my study at the University of Leeds, I have been learning about how artists can collaborate and engage with diverse communities to cross physical, social and political borders. I'm now working with the incredible team at New Zealand Opera, learning about how this can translate to New Zealand's cultural landscape.”

The Fellowships are fully funded through the generous support of Mrs Maureen Pettman and the late Professor Barrie Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund.  The programme is delivered through DARE, a unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK, and in partnership with New Zealand Opera in New Zealand.