Aleshia is visual artist, curator and arts worker based in regional New South Wales (NSW). Lonsdale is a Wiradjuri woman from Mudgee, NSW, who works for Arts OutWest as the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer. She is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program.
Aleshia is the Chairperson of the Mudgee Local Aboriginal Land Council. This Council focuses on protecting, maintaining and sharing country, cultural heritage and cultural practices within its region.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Lonsdale creates works which respond to place, time, cultural values and traditions and contemporary issues of First Nations peoples today.
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Jo-Anne was adopted in 1970 and raised in the Western suburbs of Brisbane, her discovery of her Aboriginal family members was led by an interest in Photography beginning at the Queensland Museum, Anthropology Lab (now Cultures and History) in the early 90’s followed by the completion of a four year Photographic cadetship at the State Library of Queensland in 1999.
Zane Saunders is from the Aboriginal of Butchulla, Kunggari and Yiman people of Southern Queensland (QLD), and currently lives in Kuranda North QLD. Cross media artist Zane drives a very singular performance and installation agenda. His work is influenced from cultural references, using sound, media and contemporary concepts. Zane crafts one-off performances embedded in story and location.