On May 29, at GOMA, Queensland Premier Hon. Campbell Newman announced the Queensland Reconciliation Award recipients for 2012 with the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) and Link-Up (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation winning the Premier’s Reconciliation Award for STOLEN, as well as being Highly Commended in the Partnerships Award.

STOLEN, written by Jane Harrison and directed by Leah Purcell, was the result of nearly six months collaboration between ACPA and Link-Up (Qld). The project involved research, sharing of stories, exploration of family histories, intensive production development and rehearsal, leading to a five day public season of eight performances with the generous support of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Department of Health and Ageing.

On accepting the awards, ACPA Chair and CEO of Link-Up (Qld), Ms Sheryl Sandy said:
“Link-Up (Qld) and ACPA have been dynamic partners! Link-Up (Qld) provided material support and introductions to the stolen generation in the rehearsal process. Several Link-Up (Qld) clients were invited to tell their story and educate and illuminate many of the young Indigenous performers of what it means to be a Stolen Generations person. Stolen was a message of Reconciliation by two committed organisations”.