Abdul Abdullah is a Sydney based artist who has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. A seventh generation Australian, he is best known for his work exploring the experiences of young Australian Muslims. In 2016 he was a finalist in Australia's 2016 Archibald Prize for portraiture and completed his Masters by Research (MFA) at UNSW Art and Design.
Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon
Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon is Director, Strategy & Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years, her career has been dedicated to cultural leadership that connects diverse audiences to arts and heritage through a broad range of public engagement programs. She is the winner of multiple awards for projects including festivals, exhibitions and books exploring urban life, architecture and design across the centuries.
Genevieve Clay-Smith is a 28 year old filmmaker and social entrepreneur. She currently sits on the Arts and Culture Advisory Board Committee for the NSW Minister of the Arts and is an advocate for inclusion and diversity in the film industry. She is the 2015 NSW Young Australian of Year and 2014 100 Women of Influence Young Leader award recipient.
Brett Clegg is a Board Member of The Committee for Sydney and former Group Executive with News Corp Australia. Brett chaired the Committee for Sydney’s Liveability Loveability Taskforce, and his passions outside of work include writing and the arts. He is a board member of the Sydney Dance Company and an ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
Lisa Colley is the Manager of Cultural Strategy at the City of Sydney. Prior to her appointment at the City she was Director of the Australian Government's Creative Industries Innovation Centre, where she co-authored Valuing Australia's Creative Industries and Creative Business in Australia. She is also a non-Executive Director of the Institute for Creative Health, which she co-founded in 2006.
Mark Davy founded Futurecity in 2007, a culture and placemaking consultancy and platform for the culture-driven development of our urban centres. Driven by a commitment to cultural excellence in our cities, his commercial and intellectual knowledge place him at the forefront of the debate about the changing role and purpose of modern cities. As Futurecity extends its impact globally, Mark is a regular speaker around the world, from thought leadership events such as TEDx and Smart City to industry workshops and urban development conferences.
Dr Bill Dunbar
Dr Bill Dunbar is Chief Executive Officer, Principal and Partner of SGS Economics and Planning. SGS is one of Australia’s leading cultural advisory firms spanning asset and portfolio planning, prioritisation, mapping and business case development. Bill is an infrastructure policy and procurement expert with almost 20 years of executive level experience across Asia in the public and private sectors, including NSW Premier's Department. He has a PhD in English Literature and received a University Medal in Australian Literature from the University of Sydney. Torin Allen and Keeley Allen also contributed to this piece.
Wesley Enoch is the Festival Artistic Director of Sydney Festival for the 2017–2019 Festivals. A Noonuccal Nuugi man from Stradbroke Island, he is a Playwright and Director and was previously Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company (2010–2015). He has also been Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra in Brisbane, Resident Director of Sydney Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.
Belonging to the Yamatji people of the Inggarda language group of northwest Western Australia, Stephen Gilchrist is Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney. He is a writer and curator who has worked with the Indigenous Australian collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the British Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. In 2016 Stephen curated 'Everywhen' at the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University.
Professor Ross Harley
Professor Ross Harley is the Dean of UNSW Art and Design as well as an award-winning artist, writer and educator. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, the Biennale of Sydney and at the Sydney Opera House. He is currently Deputy Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts. He is a former editor of the journal Art + Text, as well as a number of anthologies.
Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks. Since 2012 she has implemented an ambitious contemporary multi-arts program that is unrelenting in its support of artists. Under her leadership, Carriageworks has experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth, resulting in it becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia. Previously, she was Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, where she pioneered an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities. She has been named one of Sydney’s top 100 influential people.
Clare Holland is Managing Director of FBi Radio, Sydney’s largest independent youth broadcaster. FBi has been pivotal in discovering and breaking new talent, supporting local industry and in building broad audiences for local music, arts and culture. Prior to this, Clare has worked for Sydney Festival, the Biennale of Sydney and Underbelly Arts. Over the last 10 years she has developed a reputation for identifying and cultivating emerging talent and championing new directions for contemporary culture in Sydney.
Ian Innes is the Director of Heritage and Collections at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years working in conservation and sustainable management throughout Europe and Australia, Ian provides leadership in heritage management across Sydney Living Museums portfolio. Previously he has held Director and Curatorial positions at Centennial Parklands and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney respectively.
Peter Ivany AM
Peter Ivany AM is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ivany Investment Group. Previously the CEO of Hoyts Cinemas, Peter was behind the success that saw the company grow from a small chain in Australia to a global business. He is Chairman of the NIDA Foundation Trust, the Sydney Swans Foundation and the Advisory Council for the Sydney Film Festival and is an Honorary Life Governor for the Jewish Communal Appeal. Peter has been an MCA Board Member, on the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of NSW, and a founding member of Destination NSW, formerly Events NSW.
Jonathan Jones belongs to the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia. With collaboration at the heart of his practice, Jonathan works across a range of mediums and practices. Jonathan has worked on a number of public art projects, most recently as the Kaldor Public Art Project 32 exhibiting artist with his solo show barrangal dyara (skin and bones). Jonathan’s works are held by various public and private collections throughout the world.
Tim Jones is Head of Strategy at Futurecity. Tim is an experienced cultural strategist, city branding and placemaking expert, with expertise that spans the commercial and cultural sectors. A member of the prestigious Placemaking Leadership Council, Tim develops placemaking strategies, research and new business opportunities for Futurecity. Tim is a member of the London Artist Workspaces Taskforce and is an award winning entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience as a senior arts director, consultant, producer and lecturer.
John Kaldor AO
John Kaldor AO is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. His not-for-profit organisation Kaldor Public Art Projects has created 32 projects since the original Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast Little Bay, 1969. He is currently on the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has been Commissioner for the Australian Pavilion at the 51st and 52nd Venice Biennales in 2005 and 2007 respectively.
John Kirkman is currently Executive Director, Information and Cultural Exchange. Previously he was CEO, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts; Director, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, inaugural Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Project Coordinator, Flying Fruit Fly Circus. He was a member of the NSW Premier's Arts Advisory Council (2003–2006) and has a Masters of Arts Administration from the College of Fine Art, University of NSW.
Lyn Lewis-Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Business Events Sydney and President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. Lyn is passionate about promoting Australia’s cultural offering to international visitors. She has published international papers in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney. In 2015, Successful Meetings magazine nominated Lyn in their ‘25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry’ list and she was a finalist in the NSW Telstra Business Women's Awards.
Michael Lynch CBE AM
Michael Lynch CBE AM has recently stepped down as Interim Director of the National Art School in Darlinghurst. He was previously Chief Executive of West Kowloon Cultural District, Sydney Opera House, The Australia Council and London’s South Bank Centre. He chairs Circa in Brisbane and the Sydney Community Foundation and lives in Sydney.
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
Liz Ann Macgregor has held the position of Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for over 17 years. She was previously Director of Ikon Gallery, one of the UK's leading contemporary art galleries. She is a regular speaker and contributor on arts issues and was recently elected President of CIMAM., the International Council for Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art. She holds a Master of Arts, Art History, from Edinburgh University.
Sara Mansour is the Co-Founder, Director and Host of the Bankstown Poetry Slam, the first poetry slam in Western Sydney and the largest regular poetry event in Australia. She is currently a Paralegal at Allens and will be starting as a graduate lawyer at the firm next year, having recently graduated from a Bachelor of Laws at Western Sydney University.
Julie McCrossin is a journalist and broadcaster who joined Gay Liberation at the University of Sydney in the early 70’s. Julie was part of the huge demonstration outside Darlinghurst Police Station in 1978 to help bail out those arrested, and has herself been arrested many times. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. Currently Julie writes for the NSW Law Society Journal and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally.
Patrick McIntyre has over twenty years’ experience in cultural management. Currently Executive Director at Sydney Theatre Company, he has also held management roles with The Australian Ballet, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance Company. He has also served on community boards, worked as a freelance music and entertainment writer, and presented at various industry events in Australia, the US and Hong Kong.
Hetti Perkins is a member of the Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal communities. She is a curator and writer and is currently the curatorial adviser to the City of Sydney for the Eora Journey's public art program. Up until 2011, Hetti held the position of Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 13 years. She has previously been a member of the Board for the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.
Michael Rose AM
Michael is the chairman of the Committee for Sydney and of several other Government, arts and not-for-profit organisations including the Sydney Living Museums, ChildFund Alliance and the Institute for Global Development at UNSW. He is active in Indigenous Affairs being a member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition and Chairman of the Indigenous Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia.