Biographies

Abbie Madden

Abbie Madden

03 December 2020

Recipient of the 2020 Arts Access Australia’s National Leadership Award Abbie Madden is a dancer, performer and choreographer and founder and artistic director of Blindful, an inclusive dance and circus company.

Gaelle Mellis

Gaelle Mellis

03 December 2020

Recipient of the 2020 Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award for an Established Artist For more than 30 years, Gaelle has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the vibrancy of Australian arts. Gaelle’s work traverses theatre, dance, circus, opera, disability arts, visual arts, installation, digital engagement and more.

Emily Crockford

Emily Crockford

03 December 2020

Recipient of the 2020 Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award for an Emerging Artist Emily Crockford’s broad creative practice encompasses painting, textiles and soft sculpture. Her work can be seen in large scale across Sydney and in high profile institutions.

Shane Fitzsimmons

Shane Fitzsimmons

18 November 2020

Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. He is currently the chair of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), the State Recovery Committee (SRC) and the National Emergency Medical Committee (NEMC).

Mehak Sawhney

Mehak Sawhney

11 November 2020

Mehak Sawhney is a Montréal-based researcher and activist with research interests in sound and media cultures of South Asia. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University where her doctoral project explores audio surveillance and the weaponization of sound and listening technologies in postcolonial India

Laura McLean

Laura McLean

11 November 2020

Laura McLean is a Melbourne-based curator, writer, and researcher interested in the politics of representation and the representation of politics in contemporary art.

Eugenia Lim

Eugenia Lim

09 November 2020

Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist of Chinese–Singaporean descent who works across video, performance and installation to explore how national identities cut, divide and bond our globalised world. Interested in how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, Lim invents personas to explore the tensions of an individual within society – the alienation and belonging in a globalised world.

Joel Bray

Joel Bray

09 November 2020

Melbourne-based artist Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man. He began dancing at age 20 in traditional Aboriginal and Contemporary dance forms at NAISDA Dance College and went on to graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2005. Joel has performed with CHUNKY MOVE, touring in Complexity of Belonging and An Act of Now, and with Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter in their production Safe Places at the Frankfurt Schauspielhaus. Joel’s fourteen-year career spans France, Portugal and Israel having performed 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.

Dr Wendy Were

Wendy Were, Executive Director, Advocacy and Development

26 October 2020

Dr Wendy Were, Executive Director, Advocacy and Development 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.

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.

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