Biographies

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.

Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway AM - 2020 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

09 March 2020

Deborah has been a significant and eloquent contributor to the Australian music scene for over 30 years. Deborah’s career began in the early 1980’s when she co-founded the fiercely independent post punk band Do Re Mi. By 1988, Rolling Stone had named Deborah as Australian Singer of The Year.

Brook Andrew - 2020 Australia Council Award for Visual Arts

Brook Andrew - 2020 Australia Council Award for Visual Arts

09 March 2020

Brook Andrew is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists and his contribution to contemporary visual arts in Australia and globally is significant. He is the first Indigenous artist/curator to be appointed as the artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney.

Tommy Murphy - 2020 Australia Council Award for Theatre

Tommy Murphy - 2020 Australia Council Award for Theatre

09 March 2020

For the past 20 years, Tommy has been drawing the attention of theatre makers and theatre audiences alike with his creation of the kind of deeply nuanced characters who both challenge and clarify what we share as people.   

Margaret Wild - 2020 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

Margaret Wild - 2020 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

09 March 2020

Margaret Wild is one of Australia's most highly respected picture-book creators. She has published over seventy books for young people which have been translated, read and loved across the world.

Autumn Skuthorpe – 2020 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award

Autumn Skuthorpe – 2020 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award

09 March 2020

Autumn Skuthorpe is an experienced performer, artist, arts worker and administrator driven by community arts engagement and development.

r e a

r e a - 2020 Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts

09 March 2020

r e a is a Gamilaraay/Wailwan/Biripi artist from NSW, who examines the bonds between our bodies and our politics, our memories, our place and our futures.  

Nick Wu

Tao Wu (Nick)

06 February 2020

Nick Wu worked for an Icelandic online gaming company for three years before he decided to devote himself to the world of publishing. He has never regretted that decision in the eight years following.

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