Biographies

Ian RT Colless: First Nations Project Officer

17 September 2019

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.

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.

Darren

Darren Rudd, Australia Council Board

16 April 2019

Darren Rudd is Head of Corporate Affairs for Tata Consultancy Services, a global leader in IT services, consulting, technology and digital solutions and part of the wider Tata Group Executive team in Australia including Jaguar Land Rover (owned by Tata Motors), Tata Communications, Tata Steel and Tata Beverages.

Dr Wendy Were

Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy

04 April 2019

Dr Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy Appointed January 2014. Previously CEO at West Australian Music, Business Advisor with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Wendy also holds a PhD in Literature.

Lissa Twomey

Lissa Twomey, Executive Director, MPA and National Engagement

04 April 2019

Lissa Twomey is Executive Director, Major Performing Arts and National Engagement at the Australia Council for the Arts and the former Festival Director of the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Associate Director of Sydney Festival.

Patricia Adjei

22 March 2019

Patricia is a Wuthathi, Mabuiag Islander and Ghanaian woman from Sydney, Australia. Patricia has Bachelors of Arts and Law from UNSW. She currently works at the Australia Council for the Arts as the First Nations arts and culture director. She previously worked at the Copyright Agency l Viscopy as the Indigenous engagement manger. She is also a 2018 Churchill fellowship recipient, investigating the practical application of laws in the USA and Panama that protect Indigenous cultural rights.

Mary-Louise Carbone

12 March 2019

Mary-Louise is currently studying the Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. She has a background in Fine Arts and Design Studies and a passion for the promotion of cross-disciplinary collaboration. She has worked for multiple not-for-profit arts organisations in both professional and volunteer capacities, having most recently held the position of Deputy Chair of the Board for the Mundaring Arts Centre.

Corinna Berndt

12 March 2019

Corinna is a PhD candidate in Visual Art, at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her research is concerned with how cyber myths of the past might parallel and construct contemporary hopes and fears relating to communication, technology, subjectivity and the limits of the body.

Susan Norrie – Australia Council Visual Arts Award

04 March 2019

While initially known for her painting and installation, she has become increasingly renowned within Australia and internationally for her work in film, although her engagement with both painting and the moving image continues to influence each and intersect across her practice.

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