Speakers

 

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Kresanna Aigner

SCOTLAND, UK

Kresanna Aigner has been continuously self-employed in a vast and varied spectrum of arts-sector roles both in Scotland and in Northern Ireland form the 90s including: Director and producer of multi-artform community performance projects working with Artlink and Arts Outreach; Coordinator Edinburgh Touring Circuit; Audience Development and Folk Music programming for Belfast Festival at Queens; Audience Development and Event Manager for the well regarded Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival; Managing, booking tours and / or event managing events and tours for a number of bands including Old Blind Dogs, Bert Jansch, Duke Special, Eddi Reader and Colin Reid; presenter Homemade Jam on U105 (Northern Ireland) radio – weekly Irish and Scots music programme; Producer inaugural Culture Night Belfast.
 
Kresanna is co-founder of Culture Café acting member of the steering group for the Moray Cultural Strategy and developed Findhorn Bay Arts projects and events and lead partner for Ignite Moray Youth Arts Hub. In 2014 she produced the 1st Findhorn Bay Arts Festival and the original centrepiece production of Macbeth the Remix. The five-day Festival attracted an attendance of over 13,000 to the small rural community of Forres area, Moray and generated an economic impact of an estimated £400,000.
 
Findhorn Bay Arts recently secured the Creative Place 2015 Award for the Forres area, and have been presented with three awards from tsiMORAY – Innovation, Growth and Collaboration Awards and a Honourable Award for Excellence in Marketing and Promotion. After a highly successful Culture Day Forres 2015 in Sept Kresanna is now planning, programming and preparing for the next, biennial Findhorn Bay Festival which will take place in Sept 2016.
 
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Esther Anatolitis fosters local, regional, national and international perspectives on contemporary arts issues as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the arts. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. With a strong background in visual arts, design, architecture and media, Esther has held leadership roles including Craft Victoria, Melbourne Fringe, SBS and Express Media, and most recently with Regional Arts Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts and has served numerous board, policy, advisory and juror roles. Esther is a former curator of Architecture+Philosophy, Digital Publics and Independent Convergence, and has taught into the studio program at RMIT Architecture, as well as at UNSW and the University of Sydney. A writer and critic, Esther’s work is regularly published and collected at estheranatolitis.net
 
Photo by Sarah Walker.

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Jack Archer has been with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) since its inception in 2012, and developed the RAI’s policy and research program including major products such as [In]Sight: Australia’s Regional Competitiveness Index and [In]Form: Australia’s Online Library of Regional Research. Jack took up the role as Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2015.
 
In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, Jack contributed to major regional reforms in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry.
 
Jack holds a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management (Hons 1) from the University of New England and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 
Originally from Paterson in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, he now lives in the hills west of Canberra.

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Sunita Bala

NORTHERN RIVERS

Sunita specialises in inclusive practices that inspire community engagement and collaboration and most recently has focused on producing projects driven by post disability artist that use their skills and experiences to facilitate community recovery and resilience through community narratives.
 
Sunita co-facilitated ARCH, Arts Recovery Community Hub; a direct response to the 2017 Lismore Flood that has since been used as a successful case study for creative community recovery by the United Nations.
 
Sunita co-creatively produced The Overtopping a multi arts response to recovery commissioned by Regional Arts NSW for Artstate Lismore, and co-facilitated the resulting Overtopping Studio, a creative community hub run by flood affected creatives activating empty CBD shop spaces.
 
She was the project manager for Waste to Art, a partnership with Lismore City Council that developed a series of onsite creative residencies for flood affected artists at the Lismore City Waste Centre and engaged over 200 community participants.
 
Sunita is the deputy chair of Creative Lismore and on the Lismore Creative Steering Committee that is committed to promoting and growing a Creative Industry that is vibrant and culturally significant.
 
“Where some people may see only poverty and deficiency, artists committed to social change see assets, opportunity, possibility, and potential for transformation!”
 
www.realartworks.org

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Jamie Briton

CENTRAL WEST

Jamie was born in Sydney and from 1979 to 1984 studied percussion at NSW State Conservatorium under Jack Purdon, Principal Timpanist of the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra. He has been a percussion teacher at Mitchell Conservatorium since 1990. His diverse musical background includes, as well as solid orchestral experience, jazz, The Govett Street Stompers, Highly Swung; rock, Sunday Punch, microtonal The 31 Note to the Octave Group; and Vaudeville; Four Men in a Tub, Cabaret Conspiracy.
 
Jamie strongly believes that his performance experience informs his teaching. Jamie is also a represented composer in the Library of The Australian Music Centre.
 
Jamie teaches at both the Bathurst and Lithgow divisions of Mitchell Conservatorium.
 
www.mitchellconservatorium.edu.au

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Tracey Callinan

CENTRAL WEST

Tracey is the Executive Director of Arts OutWest, the Regional Arts Development Organisation covering 11 LGAs in the NSW Central West. She is also a professional musician and in 2018 she completed her PhD thesis on regional creative industries.
 
Before joining Arts OutWest in 2009 Tracey worked in the UK in the Creative Partnerships program with Arts Council England. She has also worked at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Roland Corporation and Future Music, has written teaching kits for Musica Viva in Schools and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, written musical theatre works and worked as a music educator in a variety of settings. She has also worked as a silversmith assistant in Jerusalem, a professional busker throughout Europe and played in bands in Sydney.
 
In addition to her work at Arts OutWest, Tracey runs a community choir in Bathurst and appears as a harpsichordist with ensembles and orchestras.

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Matt has been one of Australia’s leading producers for over 30 years. During that time Matt has produced or executive produced 16 feature films, 7 TV movies, 7 mini-series, 6 documentaries and over 500 hours of TV drama. Apart from the creative, management and financial skills required to execute such a large body of work he has broad experience of working in and managing companies involved in this work. These include SA Film Corporation News Ltd, Roadshow Coote and Carroll and Matt Carroll Films.
 
Matt heads up the Screen Destination Attraction team at Create NSW that provides advice about filming in Sydney and regional New South Wales. Matt and his experienced team of production professionals assist with information on locations, technical and creative talent, studio space, post-production and visual effects facilities and on all aspects of filming in New South Wales.
 
Each year the team attracts production and post-production to NSW by facilitating inbound visits from producers, directors and other creatives, both Australian and international. It also promotes and administers the NSW Local Government Filming Protocol (‘Film Friendly’), facilitating resolution of issues between productions and State and Local Government authorities that own or manage locations.
 
create.nsw.gov.au

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Ian is from of the Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra language group that encompasses the Blue Mountains region where he was raised, and is the grandson of the late Aunty Dawn Colless. Over the past 10 years Ian has been the Artistic Director, Producer and Chief Choreographer of Untitled|Collective.
 
Ian is a graduate of QUT, WAAPA and NYU. Ian has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre (Canada) and PAF, the Performing Arts Forum (France). He has taught a variety of subjects at NAISDA Dance College, ACPA, NYU, WAAPA, UTS and The University of Sydney.
 
Ian has held public service roles with Arts NSW (now Create NSW). He was involved in three roles, first the Acting Senior Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer, secondly Aboriginal Project Officer and thirdly the Program Officer (Acting), Visual Arts, Museums and Literature.
 
With Untitled|Collective he has managed commissions from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts, The American Australian Association, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Ars Musica Australis, the McDonald Foundation Cultural Trust, the Australian Consulate (NYC), The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia) and the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (NYC).

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Dale Collier

NEWCASTLE

Darkinjung/Wiradjuri artist Dale Collier is a socially engaged practitioner whose work cross-examines contemporary falsehoods and nationalistic propaganda as part of everyday Australian dreams. His site-specific projects traverse live spaces and places of key cultural, geo-political and environmental concern. Collier re-examines the role of the 21st century artist/activist in challenging postcolonial frameworks.
 
In 2010 Collier graduated with 1st class honours in a Bachelor of Digital Media from the Queensland College of Art receiving the Award for Academic Excellence. Collier has won numerous awards including the Margaret Olley Post Graduate Art Scholarship Award, University of Newcastle 2014; the Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 2016; and The Annual Student Art Prize, Wattspace Student Gallery, 2017.
 
Selected residencies include MONA FOMA & Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart Tasmania 2016; Situate Arts Lab 2016 – Experimental Art In Festivals, Artist in Residency & Symposium; ARTSCAPE Gibraltor Point, Toronto Island, Canada 2017 Luminous Bodies: Invitational Artist Residency Program; PROPEL/CATAPULT Collaborative Artist in Residence NEWCASTLE 2017, Professional Development residency with choreographer Craig Bary (NAISDA); and 2018 Time_Place_Space: NOMAD, Arthouse Melbourne. Collier is the Founder & Creative Director of HoboTechno, Experimental Arts Collective, Newcastle and is a current PHD Research Candidate at The University of Newcastle.
 
www.dalecollier.com

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Emily Collins is the Managing Director of MusicNSW, the state music body for contemporary music in NSW. The organisation runs programs, develop initiatives and advocate on behalf of music artists and the music industry. Music NSW programs focus on empowering, connecting and showcasing artists and industry.
 
Emily’s background is working for festivals like The Great Escape, FBi’s SMACs Festival, and Cockatoo Island Festival, as well as working for FBi Radio and being in bands for several years.
 
www.musicnsw.com

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Phoebe Cowdery

CENTRAL WEST

Phoebe Cowdery is the Project Manager for the CORRIDOR project, a regionally based NFP promoting the arts,  environment and education located in the Central West, NSW. Her roles include production management, exhibition design, curatorial and community engagement, with specific focus on arts, environmental and educational programs.
 
Current projects include BIG little Histories of Canowindra, Cultural Connections program at tCp, and the Orange-Cowra-Cabonne Science Hub, where projects include Grossi, Botanical Illustration, Cell Structures in the Studio, Dub Side of the Moon – Astronomy, Coding and 3D print workshops, Pelican Project, science vodcasts and the development of a MakerSpace. Recent cross-sector projects as part of the Cultural Connection program include hosting the Cowra Corroboree and schools day performed at the CORRIDOR project.
 
As a curator, Phoebe Cowdery managed Cool Burn, Star-Picket and MOVE – Museum of Vast Exchange.
 
www.thecorridorproject.org

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Ken Crouch

NORTHERN RIVERS

Ken Crouch is currently CEO of Screenworks – a not-for-profit registered charity that supports and advances the screen industry in regional, rural and remote Australia.
 
Based in Northern NSW, Screenworks provides industry and professional development initiatives, networking opportunities and services for screen content creators, producers and workers. It also assists local and incoming productions within the region by helping to find perfect locations and crew for each production.
 
Under Ken’s leadership, Screenworks has strategically repositioned itself from being a Northern Rivers focused screen organisation in 2014 to become a borderless screen industry service provider today delivering a greater diversity of programs, events and services that meet the changing needs of regional screen practitioners nationally. By implementing innovative and forward-thinking business models, Screenworks has increased its revenue and its membership base by 200% and is now supporting practitioners in every state and territory.
 
Before moving to regional NSW, Ken was Business Operations Manager at Sydney New Year’s Eve (City of Sydney Council) for 7 years, where he managed the administration, programming and finances of the annual large-scale celebrations. This role incorporated managing the national television broadcast of multiple simultaneous events, in addition to edited highlight packages for national and international news agencies.
 
With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts – Production from NIDA, Ken has extensive experience in strategic business & events planning, preparing funding applications and governance of arts organisations and government. Ken is currently a member of the NSW Government’s Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee.
 
screenworks.com.au

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Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her creative life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker before starting a production company in the early 90s. Her experience highlighted how unprepared creative people can be for a life of entrepreneurship. Monica began using her expertise to help other creatives develop and improve their business skills, and she now works with individual practitioners and larger arts organisations as a business advisor, strategic consultant and workshop facilitator. She focuses on goal setting, business and strategic planning, financial literacy, capacity building and marketing.
 
Monica is a regular guest lecturer at AFTRS and NIDA, and she is the Australia author of Freelancing for Dummies. In 2013 Monica was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, and in 2014 completed her Masters Degree in Screen Business at AFTRS. In 2015 Monica was named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries. Her award-winning company Creative Plus Business Group is part of the City of Sydney Creative Spaces project, and in 2017 the company joined the NSW Department of Industry Business Connect program as creative industries business specialists for the state.
 
www.creativeplusbusiness.com

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Mat Daymond

NORTHERN RIVERS

Mat Daymond is an artist, painter, songwriter, collage-maker, poet and instrument-player. He makes art his way, exploring his opinions and facts through art. He is interested in mystery, stories, and old world images. Daymond expresses himself, his dreams, and madness as it comes out.
 
Daymond is a founding member of electronic outfit Tralala Blip, and the group opened TedX Sydney in 2016 at the Sydney Opera House. He an emerging visual artist who has contributed to various groups shows at Lismore and Wagga Regional Galleries and recently had his first solo show at the Roxy Gallery in Kyogle NSW. Recently Daymond has been working on new songs for an Australia Council funded album with Tralala Blip. He played a flood destroyed deconstructed piano in RealArtWorks‘ show The Overtopping (commissioned as a part of Artstate Lismore) and and worked as and art facilitator post flood at ARCH (Arts Recovery Creative Hub).
 
www.realartworks.org

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Caroline Downer

NORTHERN TABLELANDS

Caroline Downer lives in Armidale with her family and is currently the Executive Director of the Regional Arts Development Organisation, Arts North West.
 
She completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Music and a MA (Museum Studies) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Developing Program. Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in the gallery sector, in public programs, and on curatorial projects and as the previous Director of the New England Regional Art Museum.
 
She is committed to regional community arts organisations and serves on the committees of the Armidale International Film Festival, the Armidale Youth Orchestra, the University of New England Arts Advisory Panel, the Public Art Advisory Committee of the Armidale Dumaresq Council and is on the Board of the New England Conservatorium of Music.
 
She participates in a broad range of the arts from visual arts and film to music, and plays the viola da gamba in her spare time.

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Hudson Emery

CENTRAL WEST

Hudson Emery is an emerging regional theatre practitioner operating out of Bathurst, with experience as an actor and musician. He recently graduated from the Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media) at Charles Sturt University.
 
Though a passionate performer, Hudson has also fulfilled roles in directing, script writing and design. Hudson has worked on a variety of productions including shows at Perth Fringe, Sydney Festival and the Inland Sea of Sound Festival.
 
This year Hudson will be engaging in a personal development program based around his abilities as a performer and song writer. Exploring the interrelationship of music, performance and narrative. At the same time, throughout this year, Hudson is looking to produce a variety of different projects, ranging from animated shows, live action sketches, and stage works.

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James T. Farley is an emerging contemporary artist, curator and lecturer in photography based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. He completed his PhD at Charles Sturt University in 2017, with his research exploring post-photography and the practice of ecological stewardship. James utilises photography in an expanded form, incorporating experimental processes, environmental collaboration, installation and artist books in an ongoing critique of the aesthetic traditions of capitalism and colonialism. James is particularly interested in muddying the waters of dualistic thinking, to explore the more complex and interrelated ecological realities of the Anthropocene.
 
James is committed to developing a strong contemporary practice through the development of a strong regional network. He has presented exhibitions, public programs and community workshops at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), Broken Hill Art Exchange (2015), Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (2017), the Western Plains Cultural Centre (2018) and Murray Art Museum Albury (2018). James has also presented work at BLINDSIDE gallery in Melbourne (2016), Perth Centre for Photography (2017), and Firstdraft, Sydney (2018).
 
James maintains an active presence within his community, working to support and develop the arts through his various roles at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, The Art Factory (Supported Studio), and Charles Sturt University.
 
www.jamestfarley.com

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Alyce Fisher

ALBURY-WODONGA

Alyce Fisher is the Executive Director of Regional Arts Development Organisation, Murray Arts. Her background is across a broad range of arts management, as well as theatre and education production.
 
A passion for dramatic arts led Alyce to study Theatre Arts at Swinburne University, before launching her own small production company Theatre on Toast. The company specialised in touring dynamic and relevant theatre and education productions throughout regional Victoria and NSW.
 
Alyce is incredibly passionate about regional arts and cultural development, having previously worked as the Regional Arts Development Officer for South West Arts, based in Deniliquin, from 2009 – 2013.piring young people through artistic opportunities. Most recently, Alyce completed a Graduate Certificate in Not-For-Profit Management at the Australian Catholic University (2017).
 
www.murrayarts.org.au

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David is the driving force behind DART Connections and his team deliver videoconference content for the NSW Department of Education.
 
Connections video conferencing excursions bring students and teachers face to face with experts across the globe. Excursions are designed to enrich and supplement curriculum across all stages and key learning areas. The Dubbo NSW based Connections team also manage the learning technologies for NSW’s Rural and Distance Education schools, partnering with the Media Services team within the NSW DEC Information Technology Directorate, a growing list of content providers, tele-communications companies, government agencies, universities and technology vendors to bring the best of the worlds learning experiences, reliable technologies and support to our schools.
 
The Connections team produces a limited number of authentic curriculum relevant content with its content partners including schools and communities. The team have the technology and experience to take your class to unique events and learning experiences.
 
dartconnections.org.au

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Andrew French-Northam teaches contemporary and classical guitar, music technology, composition and Music Industry Studies. He is also an accomplished horn and trumpet player.
 
His musical journey began when he was captivated, not by a guitar performance, but by a glorious horn solo performed by Clary Mellor, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s First Horn. Clary later became his teacher and mentor. But Andrew is equally passionate about the guitar. Since those early days he has developed a fulfilling career as a regionally based performer, composer, educator and arts administrator.
 
As a musician, Andrew describes himself as “a multi-disciplinariest with a chameleon’s musical attitude.” In 2010 he participated in The Progeny Project, a collaborative cross-art form initiative by Orange Regional Conservatorium, for example, to present three public music and visual art events called Provocation, Process and Reflection.
 
Andrew has performed jazz with the “infamous” Bellingen-based trio The Ferals, swing with trumpeter Brett Iggulden, improvisation with saxophonist Sandy Evans and several other genres with other well-known musicians. He has also served as a director and artistic administrator with the Bellingen Jazz Festival, Armidale Jazz Camps, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
 
Andrew graduated with three music majors from the University of New England Armidale, and was awarded the J. Albert and Sons Scholarship. His teachers and mentors have included Don Andrews, George Golla, Paul Palister, Steve Tafra and many other musical luminaries.
 
In the years since then Andrew has developed a fulfilling career as a regionally based performer, composer, arts administrator and educator. As a teacher he is especially proud of introducing new teaching and education programs in Music Industry Studies at Orange Campus of TAFE to develop the professional skills of new artists, as well as their demanding first album.
 
www.mitchellconservatorium.edu.au

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Dylan Gower

CENTRAL WEST

Dylan Gower is a Director of the CORRIDOR project, Principal at d‐CONSTRUCT Architects and project facilitator for C.L.E.A.N Cowra he is currently based in the Central West NSW, educated in Architecture at UNSW Built Environment and UCT University of Cape Town.
 
Gower has been a educator and programmed courses for the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW and facilitated an interdisciplinary elective for students of the BE Out there program exploring the possible reuse of the Canowindra Rail precinct. Currently, he is conducting academic research in architecture and circular economies, he continues to explore further models of design thinking, concepts, and placemaking benefitting Australian communities.
 
www.thecorridorproject.org

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Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri conceptual artist whose practice, as the performance of her cultural sovereignty, is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Her work, a form of passionate activism, presents acute and incisive commentary on contemporary socio-political issues. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work often subverts and unsettles western iconographies in order to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism. Not wishing to create reactionary works which tacitly allow contemporary political operatives serving the colonial ideology to set her artistic agenda, Groom seeks to create works which proactively and creatively unpack and undermine the Colonial Project, the on-going philosophy of colonialism that has imperialistically subjugated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples since 1770.
 
Recent shows include Does she know the Revolution is coming? Curated by David Broker, Canberra Contemporary Art Space; Spiritual Connection, of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, curated by Simon Chan, Art Atrium/Live in Art; GREEN on RED, The Bearded Tit, curated by Connie Anthes; Standing still: looking back looking forward, Incinerator Gallery, curated by Jessica Clark; Recent Acquisitions, Blacktown Arts Centre, curated by Paul Howard; The Public Body .02, Artspace, curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor; System of Objects, National Art School curated by Jaime Tsai & Mikaela Rodwell; Moving Histories Future Projections, a dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museum & Galleries of NSW, curated by Kelly Doley and Di Smith; Have you seen my Emily?, Casula Powerhouse, curated by Adam Porter and Talk Back, Visual Bulk, Hobiennale 2017, curated by James Tylor.
 
In 2017 Groom won the Mayors Choice Award, MIL-PRA Award, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and in 2018 was the winner of the Southlands Emerging Art Award (Breakthrough – Visual Artist).
 
Groom is a consultant with Ilford Arts Projects who are currently engaged with the Orange Regional Museum on the Villages of the Heart project and is a Director on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Board.
 
amalagroom.com

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Sarah Gurich

CENTRAL WEST

Sarah Gurich has recently been appointed Director at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery after working as BRAG’s curator since 2005. Sarah is responsible for developing the Gallery’s highly respected program of exhibitions, and managing the celebrated Hill End Artists in Residence Program. Recent curatorial projects have included: the Bathurst Possum Skin Cloak Project (2015), Mandy Martin: Home Ground (2016), and Hill End: Seven Decades (2017).
 
Sarah was the inaugural Exhibitions Manager at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre from 2012 to 2014 where she oversaw development of the new Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. In 2017, Sarah was selected to be the NSW Team Leader at the Venice Biennale for the Tracey Moffatt MY HORIZON exhibition at the Australian Pavilion. A key focus of Sarah’s vision for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is the development of programs which extend the reach of BRAG to provide new opportunities for engagement and collaboration.
 
www.bathurstart.com.au

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Charlotte Hilder

HUNTER VALLEY

Charlotte Hilder started her creative industries career in feature films, working on productions such as Spike Jonez feature film Where The Wild Things Are. In 2003 after working with disadvantaged youth in Melbourne on participatory arts projects, Charlotte changed her career path and has been producing and managing community arts initiatives for various government, arts, cultural and community organisations.
 
Charlotte has qualifications in Fine Arts, Multimedia Design and Community Cultural Development. She is passionate about cross-cultural and cross-platform creative initiatives, and mentors emerging artists from diverse backgrounds.
 
Charlotte is currently the Place Activation Officer at Maitland City Council.
 
www.maitland.nsw.gov.au

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Dave Horsley

MID NORTH COAST

Film Festival Director. Mental health advocate. AMP Tomorrow Maker. Lifelong movie tragic.
 
Dave Horsley is passionate about cinema’s power to connect people.
 
Based in Coffs Harbour, Dave has developed a thriving film scene by founding the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), elevated regional youth film across Northern NSW with REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, dabbled in public projection art with SWIFF Light Box, connected local industry by starting the Coffs Coast Creative Industries Network, and is now on a new journey activating film scenes in regional communities across Australia through his new venture Film Outreach Australia.
 
Together with his team at Screenwave, Dave Horsley has stuck his hand up to be part of the evolving face of Regional Australian arts.

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Scott Howie

RIVERINA

Scott Howie has been contributing to the cultural landscape of the Riverina for over 18 years as an artist, arts educator and arts administrator.
 
Currently the Executive Director of Eastern Riverina Arts, Howie also maintains an artistic practice in durational performance, installation and theatre. Previously he has been a lecturer in theatre design at Charles Sturt University, the creative producer and manager at Griffith Regional Theatre, and the Artistic Director of Riverina Young People’s Theatre and his own company Jibshot.
 
easternriverinaarts.org.au

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A member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones works across a range of mediums. He creates site-specific installations and interventions into space that work with local knowledge systems, are grounded in research of the historical archive and builds on community aspirations. Jones is a senior researcher, University of Technology Sydney, and is dedicated to the development and calibration of south-east Aboriginal artists and culture.
 
At the heart of Jones’s practice is the act of collaborating and many projects have seen him work with other artists and communities to develop major projects. In 2015 he collaborated with the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders to create guwiinyguliya yirgabiyi ngay yuwin.gu gulbalangidyal ngunhi (they made a solitude and called it peace) at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales. He is currently working with long time collaborator Uncle Stan Grant developing Wiradjuri gulbanha or Wiradjuri philosophy for a range of projects.
 
jonathanjones.com.au
 
 
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SOUTH WEST NSW

Kerry-Anne has over 25 years’ experience as an economic and community development practitioner in Federal, State and Local Government and regional development organisations in both NSW and Victoria. She has extensive experience in project planning and management across large geographic regions and has a particular passion for community development and the role creative industries can play in reviving small towns.
 
Kerry-Anne is the Executive Director of Regional Arts Development Organisation, South West Arts, which covers the Local Government Areas of Balranald Shire, Berrigan Shire, Carrathool Shire, Hay Shire, Edward River and Murray River Councils.

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Sharni Jones is an Aboriginal woman from the Kabi Kabi and Waka Waka Nations of south east Queensland on her maternal side. Sharni spent her formative years in the Illawarra region of NSW – the traditional homelands of the Dharawal people, where her family still resides.
 
She has deep knowledge of and extensive engagement in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural sector, with specialisations in contemporary visual arts practice, strategic policy development and stakeholder engagement. She is a highly-networked facilitator with 20 years of professional practice.
 
Sharni is the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum in Sydney. Previously, Sharni managed the strategic development and implementation of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy 2015-18 Connection, Culture Pathways as the Senior Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer at Arts NSW and has held other government agency positions in the NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW and NSW Heath.
 
Her qualifications include a Master of Arts Administration (College of Fine Arts UNSW), Bachelor of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Northern Sydney Institute).
 
Sharni has participated on a range of committees including the Carriageworks Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Reforms Interagency Working Group led by the Office of Environment and Heritage, the Senior Executive Committee led by Aboriginal Affairs, the Australia Council for the Arts – Arts Leadership Reference Group, the National Arts and Cultural Accord Indigenous Art and Culture Working Group and board membership at Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta (2012-2013) and Regional Arts NSW (2017-current).
 
She is passionate advocate for First Peoples arts-led practice, fostering and championing practice through leadership, excellence and exchange.

Read more: http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/about/board/#ixzz5LZIhxIMj

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Lucy Joseph is the Live and Local Strategic Initiative Program Manager at the Live Music Office.
 
The Live Music Office (LMO) works to increase opportunities for live music in Australia by identifying and advocating for better policy, regulation and strategy.
 
Established in 2013 by the Federal Government in partnership with the Ministry for the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts and APRA AMCOS, the LMO goals are to support the growth of the venue-based live music sector in Australia in order to increase live music performance opportunities and to support live music audience and sector development.
 
The LMO works to achieve these goals through providing information, advice, and research, strategic planning support, better regulation advocacy and industry development programs. We deliver projects such as the Live and Local Strategic Initiative, Amplify and the Live Music Map to build long term capacity and connectivity for Local Government and the live music sector across metropolitan and regional communities.
 
livemusicoffice.com.au

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Aleshia Lonsdale

CENTRAL WEST

Aleshia Lonsdale is visual artist based in regional New South Wales. Lonsdale began as primarily a painter and weaver and has since expanded her practice to incorporate sculptural and installation work. Inspiration for her work is drawn from issues facing Aboriginal people including that of Aboriginality and Identity.
 
Using everyday objects and materials Aleshia creates works that reflect the cultural values and traditions of her people and works which challenge the audience and put the spotlight on contemporary issues of today.
 
Aleshia is also the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer at Arts Outwest.
 
www.aleshialonsdale.com

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Vince Lovecchio

CENTRAL WEST

Vince holds a deep passion for community wellbeing and social capacity building, and has over thirty years of experience developing community partnerships and facilitating arts/health projects with the aim of empowering people and strengthening communities. By forming an extensive network of strategic partnerships, Vince has been able to develop community initiatives which inspire and empower young people to engage as active participants and contributors to their local communities.
 
Vince founded the Orange Youth Arts Festival in 2014, and has established Community Connect Central West, a project based community wellbeing initiative. He also has broad experience in visual based media having worked extensively in television, photography and film. Vince has won a variety of national and international photography awards, and his work has been widely published and represented internationally at major photo conventions.
 
www.communityconnect.net.au

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Elise Magrath

SOUTH WEST SLOPES

Elise Magrath is a community cultural worker, advocate and creative practitioner passionate about facilitating connection in community and living a quality regional life. She is currently the Cultural Development Officer for The Arts Centre Cootamundra, an emergent, multidisciplinary, regional arts centre and community hub.
 
Elise is also an inclusion advocate, and Deputy Chair of Regional Arts Development Organisation, Eastern Riverina Arts. Her qualifications include a Bachelor in Fine Arts & History, a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies, a Diploma of Horticulture in Landscape Design and a Certificate in Small Business Management.
 
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Mandy Martin

CENTRAL WEST

Mandy Martin has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Her works are in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and other state collections and regional galleries. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno and many private collections.
 
She lives in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. From 1995-2017 her creative practice has largely been collaborative and environmentally oriented resulting in 10 projects with Indigenous people and other stakeholders in remote and regional Australia. Mandy Martin is an active member of CLIMARTE and has once again worked collaboratively the last 6 years to present artwork at the previous three CLIMARTE festivals and is currently creating a large new collaborative work for Climarte 2019 in Latrobe Valley.
 
She has lobbied for the industrial rights and conditions of artists with NAVA, Viscopy, ArtBank and CAL, since they respectively emerged as organisations to further the interests of contemporary artists in Australia.
 
www.mandy-martin.com

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Mark McLaughlin

CENTRAL WEST

Born in Holland of English and Scottish descent, Mark moved to Australia in the early 70s. He first played guitar at the age of 9 to the sounds of his brother’s drumming. By the end of primary school, Mark was playing bassoon in the school band. After leaving school and moving to Sydney, Mark played bass guitar in a heavy rock band in Surry Hills for 12 months before focusing on the guitar. His early 20s found Mark developing his playing skills and the philosophy of his music.
 
Mark has played in a variety of genres – duos, bands and so on, including Saddletramp a 50/50 country rock band with Australian hall of fame inductee Barry Johnston (who was once a support act for Johnny O’Keefe). Mark has also performed with one of Australia’s finest saxophone players Roy Ainsworth and Peter Bolton who is the ex-keyboard player for Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. Mark has also performed at Lismore Folk Festival, Cedar Country Music Awards with Owen Blundell and the Brisbane Rock and Roll Convention at Tivoli Theatre with Saddletramp alongside “Gator”(guitarist from 1980s band The Radiators).
 
Mark has been working for Mitchell Conservatorium since 2006 and also teaches guitar at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst.
 
www.mitchellconservatorium.edu.au

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Lisa O’Meara

NORTHERN RIVERS

Lisa O’Meara is the Programs & Operations Manager at Screenworks.
 
Lisa is responsible for planning, organising and running all professional development and screen culture events and for driving and maintaining the membership, ensuring that the organisation contributes positively to its members, screen industry practitioners, stakeholders, partners and the NSW and national screen industry. Lisa is also responsible for communications with media, social media platforms and with members.
 
Lisa O’Meara is Marketing and Communications professional with extensive experience in event management, retail management, product management and arts administration. She has worked internationally across a range of industries including screen, publishing, software and entertainment distribution and Arts Festival management. Lisa is passionate about the creative industries and inspired by the talents and resourcefulness of the creative people she has worked with.
 
Lisa has worked for a broad range of government, private and not for profit organisations including Film Australia, the ABC, Media Monitors, Tech Pacific, Horwitz Publishers and HBJ Publishers. Her clients have included Disney, Adobe, Broderbund, The Learning Company and Blizzard.
 
Lisa also successfully ran her own marketing consulting business and co-owned and managed a small production company and a retail business. Lisa has tertiary qualifications in both Marketing and Education.
 
Helping screen content creators bring their stories to life is her current passion.
 
screenworks.com.au

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Alison Plevey

CENTRAL WEST

Alison is an award winning choreographer and dance and physical artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, dance education, choreography and performance, cross-disciplinary collaboration, solo research and industry development in Central Western NSW and the ACT. Alison holds a first class BA honours degree from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She is a member of The Childer’s Group, an independent arts advocacy body in Canberra and works closely with youth dance organisation QL2 Dance as tutor, education manager and choreographer.
 
In 2012 Alison established dance and physical theatre company Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien. Based in her home town of Bathurst they create visceral new performance engaging professional, emerging and community artists. Their work unsustainable behaviour was presented at Artlands Dubbo 2016.
 
In Canberra, Alison leads Australian Dance Party, driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium to experience, debate and celebrate. The Party aims to build the sustainability of professional dance in the capital, embracing its political culture and engaging community in contemporary ideas through the power, playfulness and vulnerability of dance.
 
Recent work includes Water Tight at Art, Not Apart Festival, In a flash at the National Portrait Gallery, and Moving to Zero dance film series supported by ACT Environment. In November they present full length work ENERGEIA at Mount Majura solar farm.
 
Through her teaching, performance work and creative/activist practices, Alison is committed to utilising dance as a vital tool for social connection, communication and change.

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Greg Pritchard’s art practice is diverse, with a PhD in Literature, and a Masters in Shadows and Performance. He is a writer, performer and conceptual artist. His visual art and theatre-making includes contemporary digital technologies.
 
In 2016, Greg was the Artistic Director for Artlands Dubbo, the Regional Arts Australia conference hosted by Regional Arts NSW.
 
He is one of the key Natimuk artists (a small town in Western Victoria) and is currently General Manager of ACT Natimuk, and the Creative Producer of Poppet, a large celebratory performance for the Regional Centre of Culture program in Bendgo in October, as well as managing two projects for the Office of Environment and Heritage in NSW.

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Lois Randall

NORTHERN RIVERS

Lois Randall has extensive experience in screen and arts production and industry development. Lois was Producer and Executive Producer of the thirteen-episode live action children’s series Grace Beside Me, screening on NITV and ABC in 2018, and Producer of the six-episode mini-series The Gods of Wheat Street (Every Cloud Productions for ABC), awarded Miniseries of the Year at the 2014 Screen Producers Australia Awards.
 
Lois was also an Executive Producer on the Every Cloud Productions web series Deadlock in 2017, and previous credits include line producer of East of Everything drama series (ABC); production manager on John Weiley’s international Imax documentary Solarmax, and producer of short films including Last Drinks at Frida’s (Sydney Film Festival, ABC, ImagineNative), Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble (ABC, Flickerfest), Air (animation, SBS, Dendy Awards) and The New Boots (Sydney Film Festival).
 
Professional experience includes Executive Officer at Australian Screen Directors Association (now ADG), CEO at Arts Northern Rivers, and Manager of Metro Screen. Lois is a member of the NSW Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee and a board member of Screenworks.

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Allison Reynolds

CENTRAL WEST

Allison Reynolds is the President and Public Officer of Creatives Collective in Coonabarabran.
 
Creatives Collective ARI Inc. was formed in June 2017 after the local arts and craft group closed their (non-accessible) visual arts weekly practice down. Not to be deterred, Allison put the call out for disabled artists in the community to form a new artist-run initiative. Creatives Collective has since gone strength to strength, seeing significant growth after staging a festival celebrating art, diversity, and culture.
 
www.creativescollective.org

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Zoe Rodwell

CENTRAL WEST

Zoe is a Theatre Media Lecturer within the School of Communications and Creative Industries, Charles Strut University (CSU).
 
Based in Bathurst since 2002, Zoe is an educator, cultural arts producer and a graduate of the very degree she now works in. She specialises in live production, devised theatre, communications, community engagement and cultural development.
 
Her previous work as a Project Development Officer with Arts OutWest has seen her work frequently with regional youth, artists, community agencies, local councils and government funding bodies. A community collaborator, Zoe sees great strength in individuals and community initiatives working together; particularly within her regional setting of Bathurst NSW.
 
Zoe completed her Master of Arts Practice in 2012 (CSU), investigating key components required for effective company collaboration in devised theatre.

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Graham Sattler

CENTRAL WEST

Dr Graham Sattler began his career as an orchestral trombonist, became a singer specialising in opera and music theatre, and consolidated with a move into conducting and artistic direction prior to commencing research in the field of community music activity. He holds a Diploma of Operatic Art and Music Theatre, a Master of Performance in Conducting and PhD in Music Education (Sydney University).
 
From 2001 to 2012 Graham was Director of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and from 2007 to 2011, was engaged in the design and delivery of the Associate Degree in Music Education program at Charles Sturt University. Graham regularly presents at international Music Education and Arts Health conferences, and has carried out fieldwork in Australia, North America and Bolivia.
 
He has worked as both trombonist and singer with the Australian Opera; vocal soloist with symphony orchestras in Sydney, Tasmania, West Australia, Auckland and Chengdu; and as a choral, orchestral and music theatre conductor. Graham is currently Executive Director of Mitchell Conservatorium and casual academic with Central Queensland University. He designs and delivers professional learning music courses for classroom teachers and is a partner in SOQ, creating and performing contemporary Australian Art Song in a variety of collaborative configurations.
 
www.mitchellconservatorium.edu.au

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Raina Savage

RIVERINA

Raina Savage has been the Manager of Griffith Regional Theatre and Art Gallery since April 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons) and is currently completing a Master of Arts and Cultural Management at Deakin University.
 
Prior to 2016 Raina was a Community Arts Development Manager, and Artistic Director of GFEST Fringe Arts Festival for 5 years, bringing quirky, queer and quality cabaret to the fringes of outback WA. Raina has previously worked as a senior native title lawyer in remote and regional WA, and with homeless and at risk young people across NSW.
 
Raina is passionate about the arts as a vehicle for empowerment and social inclusion, using creativity and participation to challenge stereotypes, breakdown barriers and build community connection. She is a fierce advocate for regional communities, and ensuring that they not only have access to arts and cultural experiences equivalent to their metropolitan peers, but that they have real opportunities to develop and express their own creative skills and potential.
 
www.griffithregionaltheatre.com.au

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Zeb Schulz

NORTHERN RIVERS

Zeb Schulz is the founding Artistic Director of RealArtWorks Inc. Since 2002 he has worked collaboratively with community and professional and emerging artists to create new art that uses and transcends a number of traditional forms. Often engaging artists with disability as professional collaborators, Zeb’s work is an ongoing creative investigation of life itself. He has managed and creatively directed a number of large scale projects including Rip Out your Labels. Listed as one of the ten best Regional Arts Fund projects in 2005, he installed large multimedia mazes into city halls and masonic temples in NSW and Victoria.
 
Zeb was instrumental in putting together inclusive musical outfit The Bridge which travelled to Poland in 2013 to tour with two Polish bands with people with varying abilities, and in organising a reciprocal cultural exchange in 2017 that saw 26 musicians with and without disability from Poland, Germany and Australia undertake an Australian East Coast tour. Zeb creatively directed/curated the Resistant Obsolescence exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery in 2014 and the (nothing is) Useless exhibition which will opened at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2015.
 
In 2016 Zeb co-directed The Building Still Lives a large scale site specific work involving over 100 artists and participants exploring the connections between place, narrative and belonging through visual arts, song, drama and projections. In 2017 Zeb co-directed the highly innovative and successful performance of The Overtopping, a site specific multi-arts response to the devastating effects of Cyclone Debbie, commissioned by Regional Arts NSW as part of Artstate Lismore.
 
As the creative director of RealArtWorks he oversees the ongoing creative activities a number of emerging artists with disability, seeking opportunities for collaboration, exhibitions and paid artistic work.
 
www.realartworks.org

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Mike Smith

NORTHERN RIVERS

Mike Smith is a post-disability artist blind from birth. He is a prolific song writer and musician who is currently creating his second LP.
 
In 2011, he was an artist in residence for Rewriting the Score at the Orange Conservatorium of Music.
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He has been a key artist, songwriter and musician for large scale site specific creative productions, including The Overtopping at Artstate Lismore. Mike has presented at numerous conferences including Arts Activated 2014.
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Mike was a past don’t dis my disability ambassador and continues to work closely with the wider community to “flip their switches”.
 
www.realartworks.org

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Paul Stafford

CENTRAL WEST

Paul Stafford is a literacy consultant in primary and secondary schools throughout Australia, specialising in reluctant male readers.
 
One of his literacy projects for boys, The Dead Bones Society, won a NSW Local Government Cultural Award in 2007. Paul has written thirteen fiction books, distributed throughout Australasia. He has published four titles in the Horror High series with Random House Australia, and You’re History, Mate!, about the dingbats, dills and disasters in Australia’s history.
 
Paul Stafford has been working with the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum as a literacy consultant over the past 10 years – delivering the Scattered Bones and Dead Bones education programs.

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Aduny Takele

RIVERINA

Born in Ethiopia in 1999, Aduny Takele was separated from his family until the age 7, when he was finally reunited with them in Australia.
 
Speaking no English, Aduny started school 2 years behind his peers but has gone on to numerous achievements, including winning a bronze medal for his culinary skills at the 2017 Regional World Skills Competition for apprentices. Aduny is passionate about music and was a key driver of MY FEST youth arts festival in 2017. He was tireless in promoting the event – doing media interviews and addressing school groups, organised and ran many events, was MC all day at MY JAM youth music festival, performed with his hero Remi on stage and took out the Poetry Slam with his moving ode to his mother.
 
Aduny is completing Year 12 at Griffith High School, performs when he can and works part-time at the Griffith Regional Theatre and Limone restaurant. He intends to pursue a career in music and the performing arts.
 
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Spanning two decades in the arts Sarah-Vyne is a director, choreographer, arts consultant and interdisciplinary artist working across dance, theatre, screen, curation and arts development.
 
Sarah-Vyne is a 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow, where she undertook research and professional development with world leaders in the field of integrated practice. These included, Candoco Dance Company, AXIS Dance Company, StopGap, Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew.
 
Throughout her career she has worked with Sydney Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Festival of Dangerous Minds, DirtyFeet, Bankstown Arts Centre, Sidetrack Theatre, Ausdance, Adelaide Fringe, Disney, ABC, The Young Americans, Screentime, Channel 7 and Critical Path.
 
In her former position as Arts Development Manager at Accessible Arts she developed the nation-wide Catalyst Dance program and managed projects for Arts NSW, Aging Disability and Home Care, and Ausdance NSW.
 
Sarah-Vyne is the artistic driving force behind Murmuration, Sydney’s first professional integrated performance company. She is currently directing the regional inclusive arts program Ripple Effect, developing Bowerbirds a short film, and has recently premiered the companies first major work Days Like These. Sarah-Vyne is a recognised leader in Australia for inclusive arts practice and has a lived experience of invisible disability.
 
www.murmuration.com.au

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Frith Walker

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Originally hailing from theatre and events, Frith Walker joined the Waterfront Auckland team in 2011, as Placemaker for the Wynyard Quarter, with a specific focus on the programming and place management of the new public spaces on the CBD Waterfront.
 
Her appointment and the creation of a place making team came from an understanding that if we focused solely on the aesthetics of the physical setting we would miss a fundamental factor in planning a new, positive addition to the city – the people. You don’t make a show without thinking about the audience, after all.
 
As Manager, Place Making for Panuku her role now sees her working within the Place Shaping directorate on the creation of successful public space networks, supporting the programming and activation of our public spaces, and championing the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities.
 
 
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Craig Walsh

NORTHERN RIVERS

Over the last 30 years, Australian artist Craig Walsh has become widely known for his pioneering works including innovative approaches to projection mapping in unconventional sites. His site-responsive works have animated natural environments and features such as trees, rivers and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural space. He is also renowned for his site interventions at live events, including iconic works at music festivals across Australia and internationally.
 
Craig’s work remains distinctive for its conceptual underpinnings and deftly woven narrative. Over recent years he has extended his digital arts expertise into work with diverse communities, enabling large-scale participation as collaborators in contemporary art projects such as Home Gwangju (South Korea, 2012), Traces — Blue (Setouchi, Japan, 2013), and FIVE (DADAA Inc., Western Australia, 2013 -14).
 
www.craigwalsh.net

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Peter White is a proud Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW, who has forged a successful career within the creative and cultural heritage sector over the past twenty-nine years.
 
Holding a number of positions in a range of major cultural institutions and Government arts agencies , Peter has have employed an extensive knowledge and skill base on the strategic development, management and evaluation of complex First People community engagement and development programs.
 
Peter’s passion is to assist and champion the inherent cultural rights of First People communities in both managing and practising their own culture and to assist and guide the mainstream cultural sector in effectively engaging with these communities for mutually respected benefits based on the principles of cultural authority.
 
Peter is curently Sydney Living Museums’ Head of Indigenous Strategy & Engagement.

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Johanna Williams

CENTRAL WEST

Johanna is an emerging playwright based in Bathurst, NSW, with an interest in Verbatim and research based theatre. In 2016 she graduated the Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media) from Charles Sturt University, and her play The Bachelor Wants You! premiered as part of the Sprung Festival of Creativity in September of that same year.
 
Johanna was selected to participate in the Propel Playwriting Initiative in Penrith, NSW, creating a short play Netherlands, which received a rehearsed reading in the Joan. In late 2017, she wrote Too, for the Sprung Festival of Creativity, which won the Blair Milan Touring Scholarship and toured regional NSW in early 2018, and will be shown at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September. Johanna was also fortunate to receive the Young Regional Artists Scholarship in late 2017, and has spent 2018 completing her program, which has involved placements with ATYP, working at the National Play Festival, attending Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Melbourne Fringe Festival in Victoria, and a placement with Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as involvement in the Artstate Bathurst. She has also been developing a new work with fellow Young Regional Artist Scholarship recipient Ben Rodwell, which will premiere in late 2018.
 
johannawilliams7.wixsite.com/homepage

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Peter Wood

NORTHERN RIVERS

Peter is the Executive Director for Arts Northern Rivers based on the far north coast of NSW. He has over 25 years experience in the arts and creative industries and has worked in senior marketing and communication roles for Sydney Opera House, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare Company and Historic Houses Trust NSW.
 
He has worked as the Communications Director for Assembly Theatre in Edinburgh, returning to Australia in 2009 to become the Marketing and Sponsorship Director for Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
 
Since taking up the role with Arts Northern Rivers Peter has been delivering arts and creative industry projects across the region, working with the music, design and visual arts sectors in particular. A key project for Arts Northern Rivers has been the development and roll out of the North Rivers Creative brand through the development of a self publishing portfolio platform as well as a program of empty space activations that take pace across the region, interstate and eventually internationally.
 
In 2016-2017 Peter managed a regional partnership project called If These Halls Could Talk. With its focus on the humble community hall and the activation of these much loved spaces by renowned artistic teams the project resonated with local, national and international audiences and generated media coverage across the country.

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Soseh Yekanians

CENTRAL WEST

Dr Soseh Yekanians is a graduate from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art in Sydney and The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York. In 2012, she was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship to embark on a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth. Her practice-led research titled, Creatively Pursuing Persona: Finding Identity through Directing, investigated how theatre directing and the performing arts could provide a culturally displaced individual with a sense of identity and belonging. Her practice-led study, specifically provided new insights into how theatre directing allows an individual to (re)discover their identity through leadership in a non-judgmental forum and how the theatre as a space for communal exchanges and conversations can initiate dialogue about cultural differences. In 2016, as a result of her specialisation to the field of performing arts and directing, Soseh was awarded a fellowship by the National Academy of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) for their inaugural MFA in Cultural Leadership.
 
Following her doctorate, a major career highlight for Soseh has been the publication of her children’s literature book, The Special Team Elite. Inspired by her own upbringing, the story follows a young girl who is faced with the struggles of loving her individual qualities or conforming to the pressures placed upon her by others. The question for her is: what is the “ideal norm”?
 
Dr Soseh Yekanians is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theatre/Media at Charles Sturt University.