Robyn Archer AO is a singer, performer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts. She is currently Artistic Director of The Light in Winter, created for Federation Square, Melbourne and the City of Gold Coast’s Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, which hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018. She recently completed 5 years as Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra 2013.
Adrian Franklin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania, having held other professorial positions at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and the University of Bristol.He was trained as an anthropologist and sociologist and has an extremely wide range of intellectual and research interests including posthumanism, human-animal relations, the social anthropology of nature, science and technology studies, city life, urban regeneration and art; museums and collecting and neoliberalism and changes in contemporary social bonds.His books include: City Life London: Sage (Chinese Translation) 2014; The Making of MONA (Penguin)2014 ; Retro: A Guide to the Mid-Twentieth Century Design Revival: Bloomsbury (2011); City Life (Sage) 2010; Collecting the Twentieth Century 2010; A Collector’s Year 2009; Loneliness in Australia (2008); Animal Nation: The True Story of Animals and Australia 2007; Tourism 2005; Nature and Social Theory 2003 and Animals and Modern Cultures Sage 1999.
He is also known for his work on ABC TV and radio, including the TV series Collectors.
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey is Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is author of Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations (2013) and co-editor of Animal Death (2013) and Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical Perspectives on Non-human futures (2015). Fiona’s work is largely focussed on the intersection of the three big categories of social life: Race, Species and Gender – how these particular logics or taxonomies are mutually reinforcing, how they inform each other and how, when breached or transgressed, the categorical breakdowns are often met with violence.
Richard has over 30 years of practice as an internationally exhibiting artist and architect. He is known for his work around the concept of porosity, focusing on the parasitic connections between private and public space.
Tim Low is a biologist and best-selling author of seven books. His most recent, Where Song Began, won the Australian Book Industry Award for best non-fiction, becoming the first nature book to do so. Feral Future warns of the threat posed by introduced species, and inspired the formation of the Invasive Species Council, an NGO that campaigns for better biosecurity. The New Nature, which won the first Nib prize for excellence in research, discusses how native animals sometimes exploit invasive species, and how they sometimes pose problems for conservation.
Clarence Slockee is an Aboriginal man from the Mindjingbal clan of the Bundjalung tribe situated on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia. Growing up on the family farm where his parents grow a variety of small crops in their continued business as farmers, Clarence was able to marry agricultural methods with learned permaculture principals to run his own landscape business before moving to Sydney for a change of pace and career.
As a graduate of the National Aboriginal & Islander Skills Development Association(NAISDA) Dance College, he has gained experience across a broad range of performance mediums. He has been fortunate to have travelled to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and to have experienced a broad range of cultural practises. He has had extensive involvement in many contemporary Indigenous festivals and has toured extensively promoting Aboriginal culture, music and dance.
Combining several years of performance and workshop facilitation with a lifelong love of plants and the bush he has spent the past decade as an Environmental Educator, sharing his passion for Aboriginal culture and the natural world with thousands of children and adults from all over the world. He is looking forward to continuing in sharing his knowledge and experience with visitors to Sydney’s public space, Barangaroo.
Dr Jennifer Atchison is a researcher at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER) and Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the University of Wollongong. Her research interest is in human relationships with nature and rapid environmental change across prehistoric and contemporary life. Her work is multidisciplinary, drawing upon geography, archaeology, environmental and social science. Her current research interest is in invasive species management in Australia; the ways in which people are coming to terms with them, and the everyday experiences of people who manage them.