Biographies

Vanessa Elliott

Vanessa Elliott

16 March 2020

Vanessa is a Jaru woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) who has lived and worked in Perth since 2002. Vanessa is most known for intercultural planning, capacity development and timely stakeholder engagement and communications.

Nickeema Williams

Nickeema Williams

16 March 2020

Nickeema is a Kuku Yalanji / Koa and Miriam artist and community arts practitioner based in Woorabinda, Queensland (QLD). Her background is in youth and community services and she is committed to empowering community through arts and community development.

Birrunga Wiradyuri

Birrunga Wiradyuri

16 March 2020

Birrunga Wiradyuri (formerly Robert Henderson) is a Wiradyuri man Birrunga. He is the founder and principal artist of the multi award winning Birrunga Gallery and Dining in Brisbane’s CBD, dedicated to fulfilling his cultural responsibilities, following and practicing the central Wiradyuri law of Yindyamarra. Birrunga is a practicing visual artist whose narrative works explore the spirituality of the Wiradyuri people, in historical and contemporary contexts.

Zane Saunders

Zane Saunders

12 March 2020

Zane Saunders is from the Aboriginal of Butchulla, Kunggari and Yiman people of Southern Queensland (QLD), and currently lives in Kuranda North QLD. Cross media artist Zane drives a very singular performance and installation agenda. His work is influenced from cultural references, using sound, media and contemporary concepts. Zane crafts one-off performances embedded in story and location.

Mariaa Randall

Mariaa Randall

12 March 2020

Mariaa Randall is a Gidabul, Gulibul and Yaegl dance maker from the Far North Coast of New South Wales (NSW). She is a NAISDA Dance College graduate and more recently a Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduate obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management, a Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation and a Masters in Animateuring (by Research).

Emily McDaniel

Emily McDaniel

12 March 2020

Emily is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri Nation in central New South Wales (NSW). She consults on curatorship, engagement and interpretation in the public domain, the museums and galleries sector and media. Her practice centres on truth-telling, storytelling and resurfacing site-specific histories through the work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Sinsa Mansell

Sinsa Mansell

12 March 2020

Sinsa is a proud Trawoolaway women from larapuna the Northern region of lutruwita Tasmania. She is a program producer and project officer, as well a co-founder, performer and choreographer with the successful pakana kanaplila a traditional/ contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal dance troupe.

Aleshia Lonsdale

Aleshia Lonsdale

12 March 2020

Aleshia is visual artist, curator and arts worker based in regional New South Wales (NSW). Lonsdale is a Wiradjuri woman from Mudgee, NSW, who works for Arts OutWest as the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer. She is an alumnus of the NationalGallery of Australia’s (NGA) Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program.

Dean Greeno

Dean Greeno

12 March 2020

Dean sees the purpose of his work as a way to create cultural connections between inheritance and legacy. Dean's work creates an atmosphere which blurs the intersections of Indigenous and contemporary, cultural and artistic traditions.

Jo-Anne Driessens

Jo-Anne Driessens

12 March 2020

Jo-Anne was adopted in 1970 and raised in the Western suburbs of Brisbane, her discovery of her Aboriginal family members was led by an interest in photography beginning at the Queensland Museum, Anthropology Lab (now Cultures and History) in the early 90’s followed by the completion of a four year photographic cadetship at the State Library of Queensland in 1999.

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