Distinguished Professor Ien Ang is one of the leaders in cultural studies worldwide, with interdisciplinary work spanning many areas of the humanities and social sciences
Evelyn Araluen is a poet born, raised and writing on Dharug country, and a descendent of the Bundjalung nation. She is official poet for The Big Anxiety festival. Evelyn Araluen’s contribution is generously supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
Vanessa Bartlett’s current research explores how digital art can help to illuminate the psychological impact of living in a digital culture. She has edited two volumes for award-winning academic publisher Liverpool University Press (UK) and has curated exhibitions that have been seen by over 40,000 people
Scientia Professor Jill Bennett is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow who researches lived experiences of mental health and ageing at UNSW’s feltExperience & Empathy Lab (fEEL). She is founding director of The Big Anxiety and is a Chief Investigator on Curating Third Space: The value of art-science collaboration
Adrian Collette is Australia Council’s Chief Executive Officer. Adrian has enjoyed an extensive career in the arts, publishing and education fields
Megan Davis is an Aboriginal Australian activist and human rights lawyer. She currently serves as a United Nations expert with the UN Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples based in UN Geneva
Bec Dean is a curator, writer, educator and consultant with a background in photomedia and performance art. She is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NIEA and Senior Curator for The Big Anxiety – festival of arts + science + people
Jonathan Dunk is a widely published scholar, poet and essayist, he has been awarded the A.D. Hope prize, and the Dal Stivens award, and lives on Wangal Country. Jonathan Dunk’s contribution is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
Bonney Djuric is an artist, historian, adjunct lecturer NIEA, UNSW and co-founder of Parragirls Female Factory Precinct Memory Project
Claire Doherty, MBE is a producer, writer and curator and was founder Director of Situations, the UK international producing company
Katie Dyer is Senior Curator, Contemporary, at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences where she leads and develops creative cross-disciplinary contemporary curatorial programming
Honor Eastly is an artist, mental health activist and presenter of The Big Feels Club podcast. “Due to unforeseen circumstances Honor Eastly is no longer able to travel to Sydney. The Big Feels Club will be represented by co-founder Graham Panther”.
Nina Ernst is the Associate Director, Programmes for ArtScience Museum Singapore. Her work at the museum spans public engagement through tours, talks and workshops
Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for NSW. Mehreen is a civil and environmental engineer and life-long activist for social and environmental justice
Nathan Filer is a qualified mental health nurse. His novel, The Shock of the Fall: Finding and losing Schizophrenia won several major awards, including the Costa Book of the Year
Lynn Froggett is Professor of Psychosocial Welfare at University of Central Lancashire and an expert on cultural impact and new model cultural institutions. She is a Chief Investigator on Curating Third Space: The value of art-science collaboration
Lisa Havilah is the CEO of the Powerhouse Museum. She took up this role in January 2019 following her role as Director of Carriageworks
Shona Illingworth is a Danish Scottish artist who is known for her research-led practice in which she explores the dynamic processes of memory and construction of histories in situations of trauma
Muireann Irish is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Sydney, specialising in how we remember the past and imagine the future
As an artist, psychologist and academic, Debra’s work focusses upon the personal/social impacts of disability
Uti Kulintjaku is an NPY Women’s Council project that is Anangu-led by artists and traditional ngangkari healers addressing the trauma of youth suicide through practices of deep listening
Rene is from the Northern Territory community of Mutitjulu and is a Director of NPY Women’s Council. She is well known as an artist; her most famous design is ‘Yananyi Dreaming’, which covers a Qantas Boeing 737
Leigh Ledare’s projects in photography and film raise questions of agency, intimacy and consent, transforming the observer into the voyeur of private scenes or situations dealing with social taboos
Lizzie Muller is a curator specialising in audience experience and collaborative cultures. She researches the future of cultural organisations as sites of participatory knowledge creation. She is a Chief Investigator on Curating Third Space: The value of art-science collaboration
John O’Shea is a cultural leader, creative producer and exhibition-maker committed to exploring the boundaries of art and science. He is Associate Director (Creative) at Science Gallery London, a new gallery (part of King’s College London) where artists work in relation to emerging science and technology research.
Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health and convenor of the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health and Social Change. He believes that the arts help us make sense of the world and challenge the inequalities that grind us down
Renata Salecl is the author of ‘On Anxiety’ and ‘The Tyranny of Choice’. She is Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis of Law at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia
As Director — Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Jeremy oversees the Australia Council’s engagement with these two dynamic interdisciplinary arts practice fields
Karen Therese is the Artistic Director of PYT Fairfield. She is also an interdisciplinary artist, creative producer and cultural activist
Graham Panther was co-writer on the ABC’s award-winning No Feeling Is Final podcast, and runs mental health initiative The Big Feels Club.