Diana (Di) Alexander OAM is Arts Coordination Officer with NSW DoE The Arts Unit, supporting Riverina public schools’ arts programs in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts and is based with NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit.
She has taken numerous leading roles in local musicals and plays, studied Drama at CSU and MA in Education at the University of Sydney. She sang on the opening night in Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre and was the first leading lady in a musical in this theatre!
She is married to a Lockhart farmer. They live on a farm near Lockhart and their daughter is a multimedia artist.
Diana (Di) Alexander OAM is Arts Coordination Officer with NSW DoE The Arts Unit, supporting Riverina public schools’ arts programs in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts and is based with NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit.
Greg Angus is an active member of Goulburn’s Lieder Theatre Company and is Curriculum Coordinator and Creative and Performing Arts teacher at Ss Peter & Paul’s Primary School in Goulburn NSW.
As a partner for the Mighty Playwrights Project, Greg developed the program with Goulburn Mulwaree Library and The Lieder Theatre Company. He was mentor to two young playwrights, assisted with prop and set design, composed music, and also performed multiple characters in several of the filmed performances.
Greg is a teacher, musician, actor, and artist, and an avid supporter of local arts organisations and events. He has collaborated with many schools, summer camps and community organisations in the US and Australia to launch or revive music, drama and visual arts programs, enabling many children and adults to experience live performance or showcase their own artwork for the first time.
Greg brings an extensive background in education and child development to the Mighty Playwrights Project. He was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1990 for his field research on “Toys as Tools for Cultural Education” in rural Zimbabwe and China. Since then, it has been his aim to fuse play, learning and the Arts.
Rachel is Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager at Museums & Galleries of NSW, leading the most extensive touring exhibition program in NSW with national reach, and key support and development initiatives for NSW gallery and museum sector.
Over the last 15 years, she has held roles in visual arts programming, acquisitions, collections management, policy and grants management, and touring, in Australia and internationally, with the Arts Council Collection/Hayward Gallery, London – the largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary British Art in the UK – Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Rachel has a Masters in Art Administration from UNSW Art + Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (majoring in Photomedia) from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Rafael Bonachela is a Choreographer, Artistic Director and Curator whose career has seen him successfully span high art and popular culture, working across a range of art forms, including contemporary dance, art installations, pop concerts, musicals, film, commercials and fashion.
Bonachela’s appointment as Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company in 2009 made international headlines and heralded a new era in Australian contemporary dance. His vision for the Company embraces a guiding principle that sees commissioned dance works by Australian and International choreographers alongside his own critically acclaimed creations.
Bonachela’s work is strong, sober and sharp. The exploration of pure movement is where he finds his unmistakable style. The result is an incandescent dance that springs from the power of movement, in which energy and muscle strength combine with a great emotional sensitivity.
Bonachela has created and collaborated with companies worldwide including Paris Opera Ballet, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, the Ballet Boyz and Candoco among others.
Bonachela and his ensembles are the recipient of multiple awards, most notably in February 2013, Bonachela was honored with an Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty the King of Spain.
An artist living on Kulin country (Melbourne), Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man who trained at NAISDA and WAAPA before pursuing a career in Europe and Israel with Jean-Claude Gallotta, Company CeDeCe , Kolben Dance, Machol Shalem Dance House, Yoram Karmi’s FRESCO Dance Company, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor and Roy Assaf. He returned to Australia to work with CHUNKY MOVE. Joel’s choreographic practice includes making dance, dance-theatre and works for young audiences.
Joel’s solo performance Biladurang won three Melbourne Fringe Awards. His second work Dharawungara was commissioned by CHUNKY MOVE and was a choreographic lament for the ceremony stolen from him by the Coloniser. Daddy was commissioned by the Yirramboi Festival, Arts House and Liveworks (Sydney). Joel’s works have toured to the Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Midsumma, Auckland, LiveWorks and Dance Massive Festivals and to Arts Centre Melbourne.
Joel’s practice springs from his Wiradjuri cultural heritage. His works are intimate encounters in unorthodox spaces, in which audience-members are invited in as co-storytellers to explore the experiences of fair-skinned Aboriginal people, and the experiences of contemporary gay men in an increasingly digital and isolated world. His body becomes the intersection site of those songlines – Indigenous heritage, skin-colour and queer sexuality.
Julie has worked closely with business and government for fifteen years, initially as Manager of the Wagga Wagga Chamber of Commerce, then as Executive Officer of the Wagga Wagga Business Enterprise Centre. In the latter role Julie assisted thousands of business and prospective business people to explore their business ideas, develop business plans and establish businesses throughout the Riverina region.
Julie has a strong background in strategic planning and business planning. Recently completing corporate plans for Bland Shire Council and Goldenfields Water County Council as well as completing an audit of facilities and services across the Albury-Wodonga ACC region which the led to the preparation of an action plan for the 10 councils involved. As Executive Officer of the Wagga Wagga BEC Julie prepared business studies for the business incubators that were established by that Organisation as well as working on the feasibility studies for a Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Facility and a Technology Park.
Julie was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 14 April 2016.
Lillardia Allirra Briggs-Houston is a Wiradjuri Yorta Yorta Gangulu woman. She creates all her own, including artworks, hand printed fabrics and garments, on her maternal grandmother’s country in Narrandera. Her entry to the inaugural NIFA tells the story of the Sandhills in Narrandera, where her grandmother was raised and where she grew up when she was in the care of her grandmother as a young child
Sally Bryant presents breakfast across the broad reaches of the Riverina, and she is enjoying exploring all the region has to offer, the culture, the stories and the rich diversity of the communities.
Sally came to the ABC a decade ago, after serving 3 years on the Australian Classification Board. She has a background in journalism and community development, but has also worked on fine art auctions, in the bloodstock industry and in retail. She grew up on a sheep station in far western NSW, getting her early education through the correspondence school at the kitchen table.
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.
Elaine works with artists, educational and community-based organisations as Gallery Officer at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and Studio Assistant at The Art Factory, supported studio. Through her arts practice, she seeks to foster creativity in the region, tailoring projects for regional and accessible contexts.
Elaine holds a BA (Visual) (ANU, School of Art), BA (Visual/ Performing Arts, Honours) (CSU, Communications and Creative Industries) and is studying toward a Masters of Therapeutic Arts at The MIECAT Institute.
Over a decade, Elaine has exhibited in over forty group shows, and presented five solo exhibitions, Space Once Occupied (2013), Building Blocks (2016), Micro-Worlds (2018), Microcosm: A World in Miniature (2019) and From the Beginning (2019). Elaine’s practice was featured in a short film by Next in Line Films, as part of their Regional Artist Profiles (2017).
Elaine is an active participant in the Australian printmaking community, from print exchanges to print prizes, including Imaginings, curated by Rona Green, Human Emotion Print Exchange, Northern Beaches Artist Book Prize and Peebles Print Prize.
During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, she facilitated the Pandemic Print Exchange (PPE) and responded to the unfolding crisis in Bodies of Matter, a collaboration with Julie Mia Holmes at ANCA Gallery, ACT.
Emily Collins is the Managing Director of MusicNSW and Deputy Chair of the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN).
Emily has worked in the music and arts industry for over 10 years with roles at Cockatoo Island Festival, Great Escape Festival, Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards, NOISE, Sydney Writers Festival, Underbelly Arts and FBi Radio. She grew up in remote Northern Territory and now lives in Sydney. Through her work she’s passionate about about finding better ways to connect communities and organisations, as well as helping artists develop sustainable careers.
Kerry Comerford was appointed CEO of Accessible Arts in 2018. Kerry has a diverse portfolio of Directorships, including Chair – Arts on Tour, NSW; Director – Hayes Theatre, Sydney; Circa, Brisbane and Destination Sydney Surrounds North – part of DNSW Regional tourism network.
She was CEO Asia Pacific for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group (RUG), 2012-2016, having joined RUG in 1996 as an Executive producer and produced his recording breaking musicals, in eighteen countries throughout the world. As Vice-President for RUG, Kerry led the development of the first Chinese Language CATS; the premiere presentation of The Phantom of the Opera in Istanbul, tours to South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
Kerry has worked for many of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations including the MLC Theatre Royal, Actors Equity, The State Theatre Company of South Australia and Come Out Youth Arts Festival. She was Director, Tandanya, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Marketing Manager for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Executive Producer and Entrepreneurial Director, The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Chair of Monkey Baa Theatre 2005 -2012.
Heath Cullen is a singer, songwriter, and Independent recording artist from the rural village of Candelo (7 hrs south of Sydney, population c. 500) in south east New South Wales. Since the release of his debut album in 2010 he has forged an international career: touring and recording in Australia and the US, while remaining based in the regional NSW town where he was raised. He was the recipient of the 2018/19 Create NSW Music Fellowship and is a founder of the Candelo Village Festival. His most recent album, Springtime In The Heart, was produced in Los Angeles by three-time Grammy winner Joe Henry and released through Cullen’s own label, Five By Nine Recordings, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dale brings over 10 years worth of experience working at Western Research Institute on a wide range of regional research consulting projects, particularly in the areas of community consultation and development. Underpinning her professional experience is a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing.
Dale is passionate about supporting initiatives in regional NSW that drive economic growth and nurture community spirit.
During Artstate Dale will be facilitating two focus groups exploring the impact of all four Artstate events from an economic, skills and cultural development perspective.
Este is passionate about building ambitious, effective and adaptive cultural organisations, for the benefit of Australian communities. Her career spans industries at the forefront of change – law, technology, social impact investment and the arts. She is deeply connected to the cultural sector as an advisor, board member, philanthropist and arts advocate. She is also the co-founder and director of her own family foundation that invests arts.
In her current role as State Manager NSW/ACT at Creative Partnerships Australia, she coaches and trains artists, cultural organisations and funders to build sustainable funding programs and grow investment in the cultural sector.
Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her professional life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. Her own experience highlighted how unprepared creative people can be for a life of entrepreneurship. After 20 years of informally helping others to develop their creative businesses, Monica founded the social enterprise Creative Plus Business Group in 2015. The organisation is dedicated to educating creative people and small to medium arts organisations about business skills. This includes providing educational programs, webinars, personalised advice, online support, resources, strategic and business modelling and planning, and consultancy services to the creative industries.
Monica is the Australian author of Freelancing for Dummies, and a renowned teacher and speaker. In 2014 she completed her Masters degree in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS, was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, and was named as one of the Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in the
creative industries. In 2019 Monica was awarded the inaugural Creative Trailblazer Award at the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia awards, recognition for “an individual who creates enterprises and opportunities and who advocates, mentors, donates, educates and advises within Australia’s
Caroline is the Executive Director of Arts North West since 2015. She has over 20 years’ experience in the gallery sector, in public programs and curatorial and as the former Director of the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale. She is also committed to regional community arts organisations and is interested in a broad range of the arts from visual arts and film, to music. She has coordinated large regional music festivals, and served on a number of arts committees including the State Government’s Classical Music Artform Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Bachelor of Music (Hons Performance) and a Master of Arts Honours (Museum Studies) from The University of Melbourne and is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Developing Program. In 2020, Caroline was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for services to performing and visual arts. She plays the viola da gamba in her spare time.
Alyson has worked around the world as a performer, theatre maker and community artist, with a particular focus on cultural development and social change. In Australia Alyson has made theatre with remote Indigenous communities, young people, people with disabilities and mental illness, prisoners and former refugees, as well as in Cambodia, Nepal, the United Kingdom and New York. In 2015 Alyson received the Australia
Dr James T. Farley is an artist, curator, and researcher based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. He is a Lecturer in photography and Director of the H.R Gallop Gallery at Charles Sturt University. Working predominately in regional and remote areas throughout NSW, James’s practice explores the intersections of ecological, economic, and cultural concerns using photography in its expanding form.
James is a passionate advocate for the development, promotion, and support of emerging arts practice in regional areas. He has published multiple photobooks and presented exhibitions, lectures, and workshops regionally, nationally and internationally.
A recipient of the Helen Lempriere Scholarship in 2017 and Sculpture by the Sea’s Rio Tinto Award at Cottesloe 2018, Harrie Fasher is an Australian artist engaged in sculpture, drawing and collaborative theatre. Her studio, occupies the heritage listed, post-industrial workshops of the Foundations, Portland NSW (formerly the Portland Cement Works). It is a hive of activity, producing large-scale bronze, steel and concrete sculptures that embody tension and movement. Her studio has a community ambience, evident in the current development of the Portland Foundry and the Portland Workshops public programming strengthening existing creative mentorships.
Fasher is represented by Sydney’s King Street Gallery on William and has work in public and private collections both within Australia and internationally. She has an extensive exhibition history, including a seminal sculpture commissioned by the, National Museum of Australia 2014. Critical acclaim, appointment to the National Art School’s teaching staff, and numerous scholarships and residencies reiterate the strength and vitality of Fasher’s work.
Jane is an Architect, an Industrial Designer and holds a Master’s degree in Interior Design. Jane has practised as an Architect for over 25 years whilst also pursuing a career in education.
Jane has held teaching and management positions in both the public and private education sectors in the creative and design areas and has been involved in curriculum development and management for many years. Jane has studied and taught in the built environment both within Australia and internationally.
Jane’s current position is the Head of SkillsPoint for Creative and Design Ideation at TAFE NSW where she is responsible for state wide oversight of creative course development in all of TAFE’s creative portfolios.
Eleanor Gates-Stuart holds a PhD in Science Communication, from the Australian National
Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University, supported by the
CSIRO (also as Visiting Research Scholar at both). She is a National Academies Keck Futures
Initiative (NAKFI) alumni, a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and
Medicine, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, continuing the momentum of the ‘think tank’ synergy of NAKFI
with scientists and artists in the USA. She joined Charles Sturt University (New South Wales)
as Professor in Creative Industries following her Professorship in Technology and Art (Techno
Art) at National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan). Eleanor’s research focus is primarily on
scientific exploration and technology, both in the advancement of innovation and in
communicating her artistic practice in new and innovative ways, questioning and engaging
audiences in art, science and technology. Her international research in Science and Art is
diverse and collaborative.
Sue Green is a Galari Wiradyuri woman, mother and grandmother. She is currently employed at CSU as the Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies and the Course Director of the Graduate Certificate of Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage. Sue sat on the board of Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) from 2004 until 2012. She was Deputy Chair from 2007-2010 and Chair from 2010-2102.
Sue was also on the Board of Directors of Mad Mob, Indigenous community arts in the Hawkesbury in 2017-2018. Sue currently sits on the board of Erin Earth. Sue interest are in Indigenous cultural community development, Colonisation and Decolonisation, Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous research and research methodologies.
Mary-Jane Griggs is Head of Art &n Design for Tafe NSW South Region. A strong advocate for the Visual Arts for over 30 years through tertiary and vocational education and support of the growth of the Visual Arts industry in the Murray/Riverina Regions.
Sarah was appointed Director at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery after working as their curator since 2005. Sarah is responsible for developing the Gallery’s exhibition program and managing the Hill End Artists in Residence Program. Recent curatorial projects include: 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 (2012 – 2014) where she oversaw development of the new Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. In 2017, Sarah was a NSW Team Leader at the Venice Biennale for Tracey Moffatt’s MY HORIZON.
Andrew Hagan has over 20-years’ experience as an academic and practitioner. He is a digital artist, visual effects producer & supervisor, co-director of the Australian International Animation Festival, Adobe Certified Expert, Autodesk Certified Maya Instructor, international judge, and with relevant degrees in BA (Fine Arts) (Honours) and BA (Television Production), he established Australia’s first undergraduate university degree dedicated to the artistry of Animation and Visual Effects.
He has exhibited large-scale projections in Wagga Wagga including Their Light Shines On (2015), WATCHES (2015), Brightlights (2017), The Poet’s Exchange (2017), and Christmas & New Year animations (2013-2017).
Andrew has innovated change within the university sector to enable creative artists to embrace new technology but wants to future-proof more than graduates, and has an optimistic vision of how beneficial to society shared knowledge can be. His broad experience of researching creative technology has provided him with professional expertise while also supporting his educational interests in sharing comprehensive artistic theory and practice with others. His latest work is in real-time visualisation that combines the art and science from diverse fields spanning primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary industries.
Andrew wants to help democratise digital arts so that regional artists can transition from storytelling to story-living.
Bernard Higgins is a proud Wiradjuri man who was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW and grew up in Leeton, NSW. He completed his Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Animation and Visual Effects) at the end of 2019 through Charles Sturt University and then was accepted into a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2020.
Bernard’s honours project is co-designing an educational animation for remote communities in Far North Queensland to help educate the communities on how to manage their horses if a case of Hendra virus is suspected. It will also include information on preventing infectious diseases and show the community some of the careers available in these fields.
He has also created an animation in Wiradjuri language telling a Wiradjuri story working with the CSU Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage with further animations being planned.
To further preserve and promote the Wiradjuri people and our culture he has also begun planning Virtual
Reality and Augmented Reality projects with Wiradjuri elders and artists.
He has also been a volunteer at Nursing homes in Wagga Wagga for the past three years and was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year for the Riverina in 2019.
Bec Hogan is the creative director of Gem Rock Media, a content creation and social media management business based in Lake Macquarie NSW. Bec also currently works for the ABC and previously worked for the BBC. Bec is also a multi-platform artist, working in photography, filmmaking and visual arts. Bec has made several documentary films, including Ascension, a Screen NSW funded film exploring the arts practice of a disabled artist.
Director Indigenous Engagement, National Library of Australia / RANSW Director
Marcus has worked within the arts and cultural sector throughout Australia and the UK as a producer, presenter and advocate across all artistic disciplines, contexts and environments. Following five years at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences as Head of Indigenous Engagement & Strategy, he now holds the position of Director of Indigenous Engagement at the National Library of Australia. In 2014 he addressed the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture and was Adjunct Associate Professor at Victoria University’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit. He sits on the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Council, the National Film and Sound Archive’s Indigenous Connections Committee, the Board of Regional Arts NSW and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Western Sydney University’s School of Humanities & Communication Arts. Marcus is a proud descendant of the Mununjali Peoples of the Yugambeh Nation.
Dr Peta Jeffries’ research and teaching considers the disciplines of visual art, history,
critical pedagogy, ecological humanities, and decolonising curriculum and subject design.
Themes in Peta’s research and teaching include visual arts-based research and pedagogy,
histories of social and ecological knowledge co-production, place and space, multispecies,
extinction, memorialisation/commemoration, memory, and decolonisation.
Gayle was Indigenous Editor/Writer at Streetwize Comics from 1995 to 1998. Her poetry collection Koori Girl Goes Shoppin was shortlisted for the David Unaipon Award, an award Gayle won in 2006 with her short story anthologyMe, Antman & Fleabag which was also shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a Deadly Award and commended for the Kate Challis RAKA Award. Gayle has published 11 novels, has presented at numerous writers festivals and NAIDOC events, and has spoken nationally and internationally on her experience with polio and disability in general. Gayle’s work has been published in Puffin, Currency, Ora Nui, Edinburgh Review anthologies, Southerly Magazine and Verity La, amongst others.
Camille Kersley is a practicing regional artist currently living and working in Yass Valley NSW. She works across both 2d and 3d mediums (ceramics and drawing), predominantly sourcing her raw materials from specific places at specific times. This time/place focus aligns with her long-held interest in the complexities of being “in relationship” with another; whether that relationship is between people, between people and place, between objects and people or even between the objects themselves. Camille has an extensive history working on the edge of arts and health designing and delivering arts based services that have a broad reach in both location and purpose. Through her professional role in her arts health business practice, Camille responds to demand from individuals, groups and the broader public for purposeful arts engagement experiences based on the stated need s and values of those involved.
Sats Kramer is MusicNSW‘s Regional Music Officer for Bermagui, Bega, Bateman’s Bay and Moruya. He has a wealth of experience programming venues through his work at Murrah Hall, is a professional musician and also developed and taught a music course for young people aged 16-25 in the Bega Valley area. Highly connected and motivated, Sats is helping to keep music strong and healthy on the South Coast!
Dr. Tim Kurylowicz is the Executive Director of Eastern Riverina Arts, the lead body for arts and creative industry development in the Eastern Riverina region of NSW.
He is a driven project leader with a passion for creative cultural development that brings real world change. He has worked for local government, cultural facilities and the Not-for-Profit sector shaping community and cultural projects that break down barriers and bring people together.
In 2013 Tim was awarded a PhD for his research on the role of arts and community in helping Australian communities cope with big challenges such as climate change, and the threat of terrorism.
SARAH is the founding member of The Wired Lab. She is an artist and curator with specialisation in the interdisciplinary arts of sound, experimental art forms and Community Cultural Development (CCD). Sarah has been producing site specific cross-disciplinary projects in rural/regional NSW for the past eleven years and has been an active contributor to the national recognition of rigorous contemporary and experimental art practice(s) emanating from the regional context
Sarah has 20 years experience in arts administration where she held senior roles in a number of arts organisations such as Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Booranga Writers Centre.
Sarah was a core member / Curator of Wagga Space Program 2001-2006 where she developed the legendary ‘unsound’ festivals experimental arts/sound programs (2003, 2004, 2006). Under Sarah’s curatorship The Wired Lab received an inaugural ‘ArtLab’ grant from Australia Council (2007), which led to the establishment of the organisation as a NFP in 2009. Since then, under Sarah’s leadership, the organisation has gone on to receive support from Arts NSW, Australia Council, RANSW, the British Council and Country Arts SA. The Wired Lab has received international recognition and is regarded as an important fixture in Australia’s arts ecology, particularly for the organisations’ unique exploration of the regional/rural context via its programming mix of experimental and emerging art forms, CCD and sector development for Australian artists.
Sarah’s ‘Southern Encounter’ project, which was commissioned for the 2012 Regional Arts Australia conference, won two APRA/AMC Art Music Awards for Excellence for ‘Experimental Music’ and ‘Regional Area’ amongst a competitive national field. No other artist or organization has achieved this at the APRA/AMC awards.
Last recently completed a term as the nominated Cootamundra Shire Council representative for the Board of Eastern Riverina Arts (2011- 2014). Previously she has sat on assessment panels for Australia Council, was Board member for Eastern Riverina Arts Program (04-06), Vice-Chair of the Wagga City Council Cultural Advisory Committee (04-06) and member of the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls Training Home Centenary Commemoration Committee (2012).
Eugenie Lee is a Korean-Australian interdisciplinary artist with a conceptual focus on persistent pain. She investigates the psycho-social components of pain-related perceptions and experiences through various media and technologies that often stem from collaborations with pain researchers and clinicians. Eugenie’s exhibitions include The Big Anxiety Festival (2019), MOD.IFY at Museum Of Discovery (2018), and the touring exhibition The Patient curated by Dr Bec Dean (2016-18). She is a recipient of Career Development Grants Australia Council of the Arts (2020), Create NSW’s 360 Vision: Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Development Initiative (2019), Synapse residency ANAT (2015), and Amplify Your Arts Accessible Arts (2014).
Rose Marin is the Executive Director at Southern Tablelands Arts, leading the team effort required to advocate, create and promote arts and cultural experiences across six local government areas in Southern NSW. Prior to this she was the Children and Families Programs Producer at the National Gallery of Australia between 2012-2020, and has worked at regional galleries in New South Wales and Queensland. Rose has a strong background working with the community to deliver creative and engaging arts-based projects for children, youth and people with disability as well as for the wider community. She has received national recognition for her contribution to the arts, including two Imagine Awards from Museums and Galleries NSW. Rose is a practicing performance artist, visual artist and designer.
She is also a qualified educator who has taught in schools, aged care facilities, disability services and through TAFE NSW. She has lectured in art and education at Canberra University, Catholic University and Southern Cross University.
Liz is one of NSW’s leading specialists in disability-related access and inclusion for the arts and cultural sector and has over 20 years of experience working within the arts and disability sector as a musician, producer, trainer and advocate. Liz currently works as Accessible Arts’ Arts Development and Training Manager. In this role Liz provides training and consulting services to a broad range of arts organisations across NSW from major companies – such as Sydney Festival, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Sydney Biennale – to small independent operators. Liz is also Deputy Chair of Arts Access Australia, a member of Sydney Festival’s Access & Inclusion Advisory Panel, and an active leader within the arts and disability community.
Emily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales. Her practice centres on truth telling, storytelling and resurfacing histories through the work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. She consults on curatorship, engagement and interpretation in the public domain and the museums and galleries sector. Emily has held numerous public programs and education positions at the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Object Gallery, with emphasis on outreach, access and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs. For many years she worked in the Community and Cultural Development sector, working with Southwest and Western Sydney communities through digital media workshops and programs.
Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of the Cad Factory, an artist led organisation creating an international program of new, immersive and experimental work guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and place. Vic’s contemporary art practice works with sound, video, photography, installation and performance, with a particular interest in site-specific work.
In 2015, Vic was the recipient of the inaugural Create NSW Regional Fellowship that allowed him to work with The National Museum of Australia as well as undertaking a three-year process working in the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK, a project which won the 2018 Council for the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australian Prize for Distinctive work.
Vic has completed a Master of Arts Practice (High Distinction) and a First Class Honours (Fine Art) for which he received the University Medal. In 2019-2022, Vic is enrolled in a PhD at the University of Sydney, being the first contemporary artist to be accepted into the Faculty of Medicine and Health to undertake creative practice led research working with the Sydney Facial Nerve Clinic.
Vic is a board member of MusicNSW and a committee member of the Arts and Health Network NSW/ ACT.
Associate Professor Faye McMillan is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW. Faye is the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the year, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity and a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). Faye works at Charles Sturt University as the Director of the Djirruwang Program – Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health), a program dedicated solely to the education of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people for the Mental Health Workforce.
Giselle Newbury has worked with STA for 7 years and has designed a developed and delivered programs for arts, health and wellbeing.
Dr Denis O’Connor, an Artist, Writer, Educator and long practiced as a drawing master, who was born and returned to Wagga Wagga, firmly linked to his place within the evolution of the National Studio Glass movement in Australia and his development of the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga.
Christopher Orchard is an interdisciplinary researcher in the creative and cultural industries at Charles Sturt University where he holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries and Sub Dean in Learning Technology. Christopher’s creative-practice explores his own family’s colonial and Indigenous Australian histories as sites of ongoing conflict. Christopher is a current PhD candidate through the University of Tasmania where his creative-practice and thesis, titled Decolonisation and Reinhabitation, explores his own and broader photographic and locative media’s historic and ongoing complicity in colonising behaviours. Christopher is also concurrently studying in the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage at Charles Sturt University.
Sarah Parsons is the Creative Producer/CEO of Outback Theatre for Young People in Deniliquin, a role that sees her design and deliver projects with regional and remote communities across a 30,000 square km area of South West NSW. Her arts practice to date has been dedicated to counter-urban areas, and Sarah is fiercely passionate about theatre for young people, community driven work, advocating for regional based practice and sustainable arts engagement in remote and regional Australia. In April 2018, Sarah was appointed as a Director on the Board of Regional Arts NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre and Media), an Honours degree (specialising in Theatre for Young People), and a Bachelor of Teaching (Drama). In the past, Sarah has been engaged as Lecturer of Theatre for Young People at CSU, Director of the Bathurst Theatre Company’s Youth Theatre, Education Facilitator for Jigsaw Theatre Company (Canberra), and Workshop Manager for Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). During her time in Sydney, Sarah directed three shows for ATYP: Compass (2013), Luke Lloyd: Alienoid (2014) and The Voices Project: Between Us (2015) and was the Assistant Director on Max Remy Super Spy (2012) and MROCK (2014, with Sydney Theatre Company).
Phoebe Pinnock is MusicNSW’s Regional Music Officer for Wagga Wagga, Albury and Snowy Valleys. She has programmed venues in Melbourne, toured Australia as a musician and worked for many years to help make music thrive wherever she lives. Most recently she starred in a stage show in Wagga Wagga about the one and only Dolly Parton.
Holly Eva Katherine Randell-Moon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Indigenous Australian
Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She has published on race, religion, coloniality,
and secularism in the journals Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, borderlands, and Social
Semiotics and in the edited book collection Religion After Secularization in Australia (2015).
Her publications on biopower, cultural geography, and digital infrastructure have appeared in
Feminist Media Studies, Celebrity Studies, and Media International Australia.
Along with Ryan Tippet, she is the editor of Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology
and Corporeality (2016). She is Co-Editor of the journal Somatechnics.
Allison Reynolds moved to a property north of Coonabarabran in 2011 after withdrawing from full-time work as a way to reduce Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and triggers.
After starting and selling a business and volunteering in various technical roles in the town she decided to turn to art, something she had always wanted to try. Local circumstances meant there was no accessible art group in town, so she decided to start one herself. Creatives Collective ARI was formed in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength. Allison remained president of the group until September this year, when she stepped down to allow other members experience in leadership and creating strategy for the group. In 2018 Allison conceived and managed the Articulate Festival, an arts and culture festival, under the banner of Creatives Collective. In 2019 she and the group renovated a historic retail shop space in the Coonabarabran CBD and opened SPACE as a social enterprise not-for-profit gallery and creative space. Allison is currently Director of SPACE and is pleased that after 12 months of operation (and despite COVID) it is self-supporting and becoming a tourist and local place of interest in a town hard hit by drought. Allison plans to spend more time doing, and immersing herself in, art in 2021.
Madeleine is currently the Manager of Community Services at Wagga Wagga City Council and has worked in a diverse range of arts administration roles including cultural planning and services in Local Government for over 20 years.
Erica is a visual artist based in the Canberra region, living in semi-rural NSW. She is an academic at the ANU School of Art & Design and leads in the sector as a board member for two national arts organisations ANAT and Megalo Print Studio & Gallery. Erica’s interdisciplinary arts practice spans from traditional lens-based imaging, print media and drawing, to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software. Notably, Erica’s work ‘Metamorphosis’ won the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art prize, South Australian Museum; and, ‘Virtual Life’ won the 2014 Inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Liverpool, NSW.
Blake Selmes is a performer, director, designer, and musician with Goulburn’s Lieder Theatre Company. Blake directed all eleven of the Mighty Playwrights plays, along with performing, composing music, and editing the Mighty Playwrights documentary.
Blake’s most recent credits with the Lieder Theatre include the playing role of Winston in George Orwell’s 1984 earlier this year, and directing Pavel Kohout’s Fire in the Basement in 2019. In 2018 Blake travelled to the United States with the Lieder Theatre Company to perform at the American Association of Community Theatre’s Festival in Paradise, where he was awarded ‘outstanding performance in a central role’, one of 6 industry accolades awarded to the theatre’s original performance piece, Monochrome. In 2019 Blake reprised his Monochrome role in Poland at the Bramat Festival in Goleniow, and again for the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts.
In addition to his work with the Lieder Theatre, Blake is an experienced children’s entertainer and educator, has performed in Shakespeare festivals in Sydney, and performed and directed with Moresby Arts Theatre in Papua New Guinea.
A former early childhood music educator, Blake brings a wealth of theatre experience and a passion for working with children and young adults to the Mighty Playwrights Project.
As the Executive Director of Arts on Tour, Antonia brings a rich knowledge of the performing arts sector and touring, having worked at producing companies large and small, from Sydney Dance Company to Urban Theatre Projects, as well as London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Performing Lines. Over her 20-year career in the sector she has held senior roles in producing, marketing and development. An alumna of Social Leadership Australia’s Sydney Leadership program and Australia Council’s Emerging Leadership Program, Antonia has a deep interest in the social impact of arts experiences and working collaboratively to affect change.
Michael Simic is MusicNSW‘s Regional Music Officer for Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Bowral. With over twenty years of recording and touring, Simic has built a successful career and a substantial following, touring nationally and internationally under his moniker of Mikelangelo. He has performed hundreds of sold out shows at music venues, theatres, and majors arts and music festivals across Australia, UK, Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Mikelangelo has performed live on RocKwiz, The Project and the BBC Culture Show, and won multiple awards for his music.
Dane Simpson is one of Australia’s rapidly rising stars. He has toured around Australia doing various comedy shows. He has appeared on ABC’s Comedy UpLate. In 2018, He starred in the hit standup comedy show “Aborigi-LOL” which sold out its entire season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – and he also appeared on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. At the end of 2018 he toured Western Australia with his variety show “Great Danes”. Dane Simpson performed at the Commonwealth Games Festival and you might have seen him on “Have you been paying attention?”. In 2019 Dane brought his hit show Aborigi-LOL to Perth FringeWorld and Adelaide Fringe and performed his first solo show “Origins” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
I am a Gomilaroi man from Walgett in Western NSW.
I have been residing in Wagga since 1981.
My expertise is around Aboriginal and community relationships integrating culture and Aboriginal practices into landscape management.
I specialise is training and facilitating that focuses on engagement and cultural experiences that strengthens peoples connection to country.
Andrew Totman-Industry Relationship Lead for the Art & Culture and Fashion & Textile Creative sector with TAFE NSW Andrew is also an Artist, Educator and Master Printmaker Andrew has lectured and presented workshops throughout Australia and many other parts of the globe. His works are in many private and public collections notably the AGNSW and the Australian National Gallery, Andrew has exhibited widely with over 60 solo exhibitions.
Erin Williams is the Manager of Goulburn Mulwaree Library, and an active member of Goulburn’s Lieder Theatre Company.
A librarian and team leader for over 15 years, Erin is a passionate advocate for arts and culture as important tools for lifelong learning, resilience building, and community empowerment. As Manager of Goulburn Mulwaree Library, Erin focusses on creating collections, resources, programs, and events for the Goulburn community that promote literacy, education, and the arts, with a firm belief that these are the foundations of a successful and happy life.
Erin joined the Lieder Theatre Company in 1993, and has been involved in over 100 productions and community arts projects as an actor, technician, stage crew and stage manager. Highlights include playing the roles of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, roles in The Laramie Project, Comin’ Home Soon, The Colour Play and Monochrome. Erin has performed with the Lieder Theatre in international theatre festivals in the Czech Republic, England, Monaco, Spain, the United States, and Poland.
As Project Manager for the Mighty Playwrights Project, Erin brings her experience as a librarian and educator, and her passion for theatre and the arts together to create a program that she believes has the potential to change lives.
Annie-renae Winters is a Kamilaroi woman who grew up on Wiradjuri/Durag land. She has worked in education within Sydney independent and private schools for over 10 years. She has run a not-for-profit design school focusing on Indigenous design in¬corporated into art education. She has been a tutor/lecturer in the Indigenous health faculty in Western Sydney for two years, and teaches primary aged classes in Western Sydney schools. Her current thesis is research looking at the strengths of Aboriginal culture and art within school-based programs.
Winters has been involved in the education outputs of Void since its first incarnation at UTS Gallery (25 September to 16 November 2018). She is a contributor to the Learning Resource and has run yarning circles in conjunction with this exhibition. Since working on the themes of this show, she has also brought concepts of the void and its multidimensional meaning into her own classroom.