Biographies

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.

Vicki Van Hout – Australia Council Award for Dance

04 March 2019

Vicki Van Hout is an Indigenous independent artist with over 20 years’ experience. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, she went on to perform with major Indigenous dance companies, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, before joining forces with Marilyn Miller as a founding member of Fresh Dancers.

Rhoda Roberts – Ros Bower Award

04 March 2019

A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul and Gidabul clans of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda Roberts was the founder and Artistic Director of the annual International Festival The Dreaming based at Woodford,QLD. She was also a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT) and coined the term Welcome to Country, establishing protocol manuals and welcomes by local custodians for the arts industry.

Rachael Maza – Australia Council Award for Theatre

04 March 2019

Rachael Maza is a Yidinji and Meriam woman and the current Artistic Director for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (2008 – present). Both born into a movement and carving her own legacy, Rachael stands strong for First Nations theatre making as a powerful tool for social justice and brings a wealth of acting, directing, dramaturgical experience and profile to black theatre in Australia.

Joyce Hinterding – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award

04 March 2019

Joyce Hinterding’s work explores physical and virtual dynamics. Her practice is based on investigations into energetic forces, through custom built field recording and monitoring technologies.

Fablice Manirakiza – Kirk Robson Award

04 March 2019

Fablice Manirakiza is a young leader from Burundi who has made an incredible impact on the local Burundian community in Victoria, the broader Australian arts sector, and his home country. Fablice has already traversed a remarkable journey, beginning with his escape from the military as a child soldier in war-torn Burundi, surviving refugee camps in Tanzania (Lukole), to his arrival in Australia in 2007.

Helen Garner - Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

04 March 2019

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most cherished writers. She is known and admired for her fearless honesty in both her fiction and non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her novels include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room.

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