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James Dodd 

James Dodd exhibits regularly across Australia in publicly funded institutions, commercial galleries and artist-run spaces. He works across a range of mediums with particular interests in painting, machines as art, graffiti, adventure and public space. He maintains a curiosity in sheds, backyards suburbia and the creative activities and transgressions that occur in these spaces. His ongoing Painting Mill project embraces tinkering and making contraptions as both a sculptural endeavour and as a way to facilitate painting processes and outcomes. Dodd is active as an educator at Adelaide Central School of Art and regularly delivers youth and community-based arts programs across a range of outcomes, including regional and remote communities.
He also exhibited new works as part of Adapter.

Instagram: @jimmydazzla

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Jen Rae

Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne) -based artist, researcher and food futurist of Canadian Métis descent. Her practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and arts-based environmental communication. It is centred around cultural responses to climate change, specifically the role of artists. Her work is engaged in discourses around food in/security, disaster preparedness and ecological futures predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and community alliances. The outcomes of her creative practice are multiplatform, resulting in site and context-specific installation, performance, drawing and cookery. She is the Creative Lead of Fair Share Fare, a lead artist in Arts House’s REFUGE project, a board member of the Creative Recovery Network, and a Lecturer in Art & Performance at Deakin University.

About Fair Share Fare:

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Marcus Veerman

With a background in primary education, outdoor leadership, and design-build learning, Marcus Veerman founded Playground Ideas after spearheading the construction of 40 bespoke playgrounds along the Thai/Burma border. He then went on to respond to a wave of interest in International playground building by creating an open-source platform to share best practices. Demand for his services has taken him to Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America to facilitate playground construction, consult on projects and train teams of playground builders. Playground Ideas has now impacted over one million children in 143 countries, by supporting communities to create their own playground using locally sourced and recycled materials and tools.


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Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Regina Pilawuk Wilson, a Ngan’gikurrungurr woman, was born in 1948 in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory.
Together with her husband, Harold Wilson, Regina founded the Peppimenarti (meaning ‘large rock’) Community as a permanent settlement for theNgan’gikurrungurr people in the Daly River region, south west of Darwin in 1973. The location of the community is an important dreaming site for the Ngan’gikurrungurr language group and is situated amid wetlands and floodplains at the centre of the Daly River Aboriginal Reserve, 300 kilometres south-west of Darwin.
Regina won the General Painting category of the Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award in 2003 for a golden syaw (fish-net) painting. Examples of Regina’s work are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Gallery of Modern Art (Queensland Art Gallery), The British Museum and numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.
Her paintings have been included in many group exhibitions at public and private art institutions, including the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, the Wynne Prize (2008, 2009 and 2017), AGNSW, and Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of the Arts, Washington.


Ishmael Marika

Ishmael is a director, editor, and production officer at The Mulka Project in Yirrkala. He has worked on numerous cultural productions for the Yolngu including documentations of dhapi, bapurru, and other ceremonial events. He is best know for his documentary on Yolngu land rights entitled Wanga Watangumirri Dharuk (2010), which has screened at many festivals as well as a private screening with the East Timor former President Ramos Horta.
His second film, Galka (2014), a drama depicting Yolŋu sorcery, was launched to standing ovations at Garma 2014. Other films include Gapu Ga Gunda: The Art of Nongirrngga Marawili (2015).
In 2014 Marika was selected for the Primavera exhibition at the MCA and was awarded Young Achiever of the Year NT. In 2016, Ishmael was awarded the NATSIA Youth Award, and the NIMA Traditional Music Award. He is currently working on a major collaborative piece with Curtis Taylor for the National in NSW 2019.

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Izabela Pluta

Izabela Pluta is a Polish born, Australian artist whose practice focuses on the misalignment between spatial and temporal experiences and states of displacement. Her creative process relies on immersing herself in specific locations to explore how place is manifested and how we form relationships with that which remains. Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia and received several grants since 2008 including two Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants; The Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award; the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and an Ian Potter Cultural Grant. In 2012, she was commissioned to create Unset Typologies, a public artwork for the City of Melbourne. In 2017, Pluta was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Award at the Monash Gallery of Art, and in 2018 was shortlisted for the MAMA Foundation National Photographic Award. She is represented by This is no fantasy, Melbourne and is a lecturer in photography at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney.


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Wukun Wanambi

Wukun Wanambi is the oldest son of Mithili Wanambi, clan leader and renowned painter who passed away in 1981. Wukun learnt the sacred designs of his father from elders who had kept information in trust for him. In 1997 he was asked to paint Trial Bay as part of the Saltwater Country exhibition. His first painting was Bamumngu (1998), a depiction of a sacred, white-domed rock in the middle of Trial Bay. It was the first time the motif had been painted since his father’s death. The painting won best bark at the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. He also won ‘highly commended’ for the people’s choice award for the same, first painting.
 Wukun has continued to paint, for 20 years, receiving numerous accolades for his barks and poles. He currently works at the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. He is the senior member from his father’s side of the Marakulu clan, belonging to the Dhuwa Moiety.

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W. H. Chong

W. H. Chong is an artist, and one of Australia’s foremost cover designers and an inductee in the Book Designers Hall of Fame. He is well known for his portrait drawings of writers and artists — his near life-size portrait of novelist Michelle de Kretser is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
His art is often seen on books, gracing over 100 covers of Australian literature in the Text Classics series.  He has written art reviews and columns on culture for Crikey and Daily Review. His solo show "Everything Changes" has just completed a four week run at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay. He lives in Melbourne.
W. H. Chong also exhibited Changes.

Instagram: @whchong