ILBIJERRI is excited to officially welcome two incredible First Nations women, Emily- Anyupa Napangarti Butcher and Laila Thaker, to the company as our new Associate Producers.
Emily-Anyupa Napangarti Butcher is a Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara and Luritja woman from Papunya and Yuendumu in Central Australia, NT. She has family connections throughout many remote communities across the Northern Territory where she is continuously mentored by her Elders in all fields of her work. Anyupa has worked as a News Journalist and Radio Producer, in the Indigenous Fine Art Industry, and in remote Indigenous communities, as well as in the banking sector. Anyupa’s vision is to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and issues through her work.
Laila Thaker is a fearless Torres Strait Islander (Meriam Mir and Badulaig woman with strong roots to Yidinji country) and has been grinding the performing arts industry for fifteen years. Since graduating from JCU in 2009, Laila has been cast in various roles from Shakespeare to Sarah Kane. Most notably NITV/ABC’s ‘The Queen and I’ and Channel Nine’s ‘House Husbands’. As an artist, as producer, and as founder of arts collective ‘Black Shell’, Laila strives to advocate for, and platform, First Nations and Women of Colour in the arts.
These new appointments are a powerful step towards ensuring ILBIJERRI’s continued growth as an Indigenous-controlled organisation, while also contributing to increased diversity in leadership for the arts sector.
We welcome them with open arms.