Biographies

Mark Yettica-Paulson

Mark Yettica-Paulson

15 January 2020

An Indigenous leader from the South East Queensland and North East NSW regions, Mark Yettica-Paulson is from the Birrah, Gamilaroi and Bundjalung peoples. He is the founder and Chief of Super Native Unlimited, specialising in creative and cultural leadership development. Mark brings decades of wisdom from his career in leadership development and community education across the corporate and government sectors.

Ian RT Colless: First Nations Capacity Building Project Officer

Ian RT Colless: First Nations Capacity Building Project Officer

14 January 2020

Ian is a from the Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra people, and a mixture of Irish and Walsh heritage. He is the Grandson of the late Aunty Dawn Colless who made many milestones, awarded the Australian Centenary Medal (a Federal award to honour people who have made a contribution to Australian society or government), and chosen to be a torchbearer for the 2000, XXVII Olympiad in the Blue Mountains.

Image caption: Madeleine Little. Promotional image from Hold’s 2018 run.

Madeleine Little

02 December 2019

Madeleine Little is a passionate theatre-maker who is currently researching accessible theatre practice at the University of Southern Queensland. Madeleine recently adopted the motto "Disabled-led is the way ahead" when her master’s research revealed that d/Deaf or disabled leaders create the most supportive and beneficial environment in which d/Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers can create and develop their practice.

National Professional workshops 2014, Weave Movement Theatre. Credit: Paul Dunn.

Janice Florence

02 December 2019

Janice Florence is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Weave Movement Theatre. Janice is based in Melbourne and has trained in dance in Australia and the USA. In 1983 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance at Melbourne University. For 10 years, she was a performer, teacher and researcher with State of Flux, one of the first Australian companies to include a dancer with a disability. Janice has worked and had residencies with Karen Nelson, exponent of ‘diverse dance’ in the USA and with Blue-Eyed Soul, Touchdown and CanDoCo in the UK.

Dion Beasley and Johannah Bel

Dion Beasley

02 December 2019

Award-winning artist and illustrator Dion Beasley is a 28 year old Alywarr man who lives in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. His father's country is Owairtilla, also known as Canteen Creek, and his mother's country is Alpurrurulam, also known as Lake Nash.

Alexie Glass-Kantor

Alexie Glass-Kantor

01 November 2019

Alexie Glass-Kantor is a curator, cultural producer and advocate for the arts. She is currently the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators. Glass-Kantor holds various board positions including Chair, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia; Academic Board, National Art School; Advisory Board, Monash University, Curatorial PhD Program; Council Member, Sydney Culture Network; Ambassador, University of NSW Art & Design; and Council Member, Advisory Board, MCAD, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. She regularly contributes to public programs and symposiums, recently chairing three-editions of We The People’s, We The Arts in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan and the UNIC, and is a Jury Member for the Advance Awards.

Marco Fusinato

Marco Fusinato

01 November 2019

Marco Fusinato is an artist and musician whose work has taken the form of installation, photographic reproduction, performance and recording. His work has been presented in many exhibitions, including ‘All the World’s Futures’, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, (Venice 2015); ‘The Imminence of Poetics’, 30th Sao Paulo Biennale, (Sao Paulo 2012); ‘SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement’, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, (Sydney 2018); ‘The National 2017: New Australian Art’, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, (Sydney 2017).

Frank Panucci

Frank Panucci, Executive Director, Grants and Engagement

22 October 2019

Frank Panucci was appointed Executive Director of Grants and Engagement in June 2013. Previously Director Community Partnerships Section of Australia Council, Chief Executive Officer of Community Cultural Development NSW and General Manager of Carnivale Festival. Frank has extensive experience in community arts and human rights.

Kerry

Kerry Gardner AM

01 May 2019

Kerry Gardner is a documentary film maker with a deep background in the arts, philanthropy and non-profit leadership, and is a champion of public/ private partnership. She has served as Deputy Chair on the boards of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre, and as a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Mario D’Orazio

Mario D’Orazio, Australia Council Board

30 April 2019

Mario D’Orazio has wide experience in media, technology and the arts. He was managing director of Channel 7 Perth for seven years until his retirement in 2019. He was Chair of WA’s contemporary dance company, Co3, and a director of WA Opera, stepping down from both roles to join the Australia Council board.

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