Alex Kelly is an artist and filmmaker committed to social justice. She worked for ten years with leading Australian social change arts company Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA.
In 2009 Alex was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award, in 2011 the Screen Territory Bob Plasto Award and was selected as a Screen Producer’s Australia ‘Ones to Watch’ winning the SPAA Kickstart pitch in 2015. Alex is Director and co-founder of Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs, Central Australia and a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.
Emily is a curator, creative producer and festival director. She is currently working on projects supported by the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, and in 2018 is a participant in the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program. From 2014 – 2017, Emily held the role of Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, presenting a dynamic and varied programme of 200+ annual events for audiences of 60,000+. She developed and curated the biennial Festival of Questions, held most recently at Melbourne Town Hall in 2017 and presented as part of Melbourne Festival with the support of City of Melbourne.
She is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and other philanthropic trusts and foundations. Emily holds a BA from the University of Sydney (2005). She is a regular host and facilitator for writers’ festivals and arts organisations around Australia.
Elliat Rich is based in Alice Springs, Central Australia. She works across a broad-spectrum of design for a diverse client base, remotely, locally and nationally. Her practice covers cross-cultural resources, exhibition design, public art and furniture, product development, one-off exhibition and limited run objects. All projects align with an ethical imperative to increase equality between people and across species.
Rich completed her Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW with first class honours in 2006. In 2014 her and her partner launched Elbowrkshp, a studio, retail space and workshop that they share with other creative professionals.
Clare Atkins is an author, scriptwriter, script editor and producer. Atkins wrote her first novel, Nona & Me, whilst living in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Her second novel, Between Us, was written in Darwin and explores themes of multiculturalism in Australia and our changing attitudes to migrants and asylum seekers. It is published by Black Inc and was released in February 2018.
Atkins has written for many successful Australian television dramas, including All Saints, Home & Away, Headland, Winners & Losers and Wonderland. Atkins has worked in community development, both on her own writing-based projects and with the critically acclaimed arts and social change organisation, Big hART. She has taken part in the NIDA Playwrights’ Studio, winning the British Council’s Realise Your Dream Scholarship and running the Represent project, which was nominated for the inaugural Kit Denton Dis-fellowship.
Zoe Davis, once described as “Australia’s first punk ceramicist”, is a multi-disciplinary artist who works across film, television, theatre and fine arts. Her diverse Costume career includes feature films (The Sapphires, Water Diviner, Maelstrom, Peter Rabbit, Coniston – telling it true), television (The Other Guy, Dead Lucky, Mystery Road, The Let Down, Wonderland) and theatre (The Opera: the Eighth Wonder, How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons Live, This is Living, Ngapartji Ngapartji).
In addition Zoe has worked as a studio hand for acclaimed Australian artist Ben Quilty, internationally exhibited her ceramic art, raised three kids and ran her own jewellery practice Wah Wah Wears. Zoe is a creative force with a cheeky smile. With style, flair, and a progressive take on aesthetic, her ability to take concept into reality is second to none.
Matt Woodham is a media maker, teacher and events manager based in Alice Springs. For over a decade his work across Australia has focused on building and strengthening communities through direct engagement & participation.
Matt was a creator and director of the High & Dry arts and music festival (2007 – 2009), was part of the legendary Sydney events collective Figureight, developed and managed the Lens Flair 24 Hour Film Festival between 2012 and 2015, and has won awards for his own documentary work and cinematography.