Biographies

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.

Hannah

Hannah Donnelly

12 March 2020

Hannah is an award-winning Aboriginal writer and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. Winner of the National Indigenous Story Award in 2018, her recent publications include essays and poetry in Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism by the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Artlink Issue 39:2, Acclaim magazine, NITV, Writers Victoria and Cordite Poetry Review Issue 89.

Mark Cora

Mark Cora

12 March 2020

Mark Cora is a proud Mingungbal man. He is an independent artist and cultural educator. Mark worked as the Arts Development Officer at Arts Northern Rivers for five years which included supporting Aboriginal artists in Bundjalung Nation from Grafton to Tweed.

Jilda Andrews

Jilda Andrews

12 March 2020

Jilda is a Yuwaalaraay cultural practitioner, researcher and museum professional from north western New South Wales (NSW), based in Canberra. Her work is focused on cultural material held in museum collections – particularly historical material considered ‘ethnographic’ or collected for anthropological enquiry.

Michelle Ryan - 2020 Australia Council Award for Dance

Michelle Ryan - 2020 Australia Council Award for Dance

11 March 2020

Michelle has worked as a performer, choreographer and artistic director during her 25 year career in the arts. She  uses  her  lived  experience of disability to inform all her artwork, with humour, warmth and searing honesty.

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