Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the Emirates Artist Development Opportunity, Edwina Cooper and Kenan Henderson. Both will fly to Europe with Emirates for professional development experiences, and on their return, they will be guests at a selection of 2016 Adelaide Festival of Arts events where they will share their experiences.

As we announced last month, Adelaide Festival of Arts partnered with Emirates Airline to enable two South Australian artists in the early stages of their practice the chance to identify and create unique development experiences that would enhance their careers.

Edwina is a visual arts student at Adelaide Central School of Art, while Kenan is currently studying classical piano at Elder Conservatorium of Music. He will use the  Emirates opportunity to explore the unique links between folk and classical music that exist in Norwegian culture, traveling to Oslo and Bergen to meet with some of Scandinavia’s greatest living pianists and musicologists.

Kenan also plans to perform the works of Klaus Egge and Geirr Tveitt while in Norway, in preparation for playing these works to local audiences on his return to Australia.

Edwina and Kenan will both receive $1,500 of spending money in addition to the return airfare to their chosen destinations.