Biographies

Kirsty Rivers

Kirsty Rivers

01 October 2020

Kirsty is the Head of Music within the Australia Council’s Sector Development and Advocacy team. Highly regarded as a music sector strategist, Kirsty is a creative force who synthesises industry knowledge and sector development understanding into projects that seamlessly connect people and facilitate outcomes. Kirsty’s work is informed by her commitment to the centrality of the artist and she is a long-term champion of role of women and diverse communities in the sector, new market development and cross-sector partnerships for music.

Darren

Darren Rudd, Australia Council Board

21 September 2020

Darren Rudd is CEO of AFTA, the peak body for Australia’s travel agents. He joined AFTA from the multinational information services business Tata Consultancy Services where he served as Head of Corporate Affairs in Australia and New Zealand for four years.

Alice Nash

Alice Nash

01 July 2020

Alice stewards all direct investments by Council, including strategic multi-year and project investments. Prior to joining Council, across 18 years Alice was the Executive Producer & Co-CEO of Back to Back Theatre in the regional centre of Geelong. One of Australia’s most loved and critically acclaimed companies, and one of the most important cultural exporters, Back to Back Theatre company has at its heart an ensemble of six actors with intellectual disabilities who, in collaboration with others, create and perform all their works. The company also works extensively in community, education and screen and is a leading advocate nationally and internationally for exemplary disability arts practice.

Jade Lillie

Jade Lillie, Head of Sector Development

02 June 2020

Jade Lillie is known for her work as a leader, executive, facilitator and specialist in community engagement. A history of excellent work in collaboration with artists and communities, has led to Jade’s leadership in the field, continually shaping and articulating what contemporary models of creative and cultural development can be. She has been recognised for her thought leadership in receiving the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2018 – 19 following her role as Director and CEO, Footscray Community Arts Centre (2012 – 2017).

Thea Anamara Perkins:

Thea Anamara Perkins: 2020 Dreaming Award for an Emerging Artist

27 May 2020

Thea Anamara Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman. Raised and based in Sydney, she has family ties to the Redfern community and engages with the area through her painting and installation practice. In 2018 she was a lead artist participating in the restoration of the iconic 40,000 Years mural in Redfern.

SJ Norman

SJ Norman: 2020 Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellowship

27 May 2020

SJ Norman was born on Gadigal lands, and has a Wiradjuri and Anglo-Celtic heritage. He is a fearless experimenter, a rigorous researcher, a critically engaged maker and a formidable performer. SJ’s practice spans installation, sculpture, fiction, essays, poetry, video, sound and performance, including significant pieces of durational work. His practice is both unique and vital to contemporary Australian art and critical discourse.

Lydia Fairhall

Lydia Fairhall: 2020 Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship

27 May 2020

Lydia Fairhall is a Woromi woman. She is a theatre and film producer, a community arts and cultural development practitioner, a writer, an artistic director, a musician and more. She has programmed and produced countless shows, for the likes of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Brown Cabs, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Footscray Community Arts Centre and more, as well as taking titles such as JACK CHARLES V. The CROWN to international audiences.

Maree Clarke

Maree Clarke: 2020 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship

27 May 2020

Maree Clarke is a Yorta Yorta/WambaWamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman. She is an independent multi-disciplinary artist  and curator, with a 30 year history of working in the contemporary and cultural First Nations arts sector. Maree is a leading possum skin artist, also working with kangaroo teeth, echidna quills, glass, photography and more.

Djon Mundine OAM

Djon Mundine OAM: 2020 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement

27 May 2020

Djon Mundine is a Bandjalung man. He is a foundational figure in Australian art. He is an intellectual, an activist, and a cultural leader. He is a fierce advocate and a driving force, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia, and internationally. Djon was art and craft adviser at Milingimbi in 1979, and curator at Bula-Bula Arts in Ramingining in Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities for sixteen years.

Alison Milyika Carroll: Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement

Alison Milyika Carroll: 2020 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement

27 May 2020

Alison Milyika Carroll is a senior Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman. She is an accomplished artist and a significant cultural leader. Alison’s artistic practice, spanning batik, ceramics and painting, is highly respected. Her artwork communicates both Walka (design) and Tjukurpa (Law, Story and Dreaming).

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