Just a few of the many facilitators with whom SharingStories works according to program needs….
Fleur Elise Noble –
Fleur is a Director/Creator of visual-based theatre experiences, a maker of all things visual, and an artist with a passion for creating work with young people. She works with the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, film, puppetry, projection and performance. She studied on full scholarships at art schools in Adelaide (ACSA) and New York (NYSS), and has worked with many arts, theatre and multimedia professionals around the world. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her work. Fleur’s most renound work to date is her visual performance ‘2-Dimensional Life of Her’, which has been invited to perform at over 40 venues and festivals around the world, Including in New York, LA, London, Brazil, Iran, and across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 2D Life of Her was also selected to represent Australia at the 2011 World Congress of Theatre for Young People in Denmark.
Within workshop environments Fleur works with a combination of traditional and multi-media art forms. She designs the workshops to fit with the equipment/ facilities that the students have available to them, allowing them to continue to develop their skills post-workshop.
Emily Johnson is a Barkindji and Birri Gubba woman originally from Broken Hill NSW, her father is from Wilcannia, Far Western NSW and mother is from Cherbourg, QLD. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2015, Emily went on to complete her Honours in 2016, at the University of Sydney. Her honours body of work and research paper received First Class honours which led to being selected as a Charles Perkins MO Award recipient in 2017.
She was also employed as a Program Assistant at Carriageworks in 2017, and have continued on as a Program Producer in 2018. As a visual artist in my spare time, Emily illustrates and paints through the Sharing Stories Foundation, and has developed digital design and illustration skills.
Glen Maw –
Glen Maw is a New Zealand filmmaker working across narrative and documentary genres. Over the past decade, he has shot, directed, and edited a diverse array of content for cinema, television and the web. He has developed undergraduate courses in video production and screenwriting and continues to mentor upcoming filmmakers, screenwriters, and video artists. Since joining SharingStories in 2017, he has worked with communities in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.
Nathan May –
Nathan May is from the Arabunna Clan and has been at the Adelaide Conservatorium doing a degree in music. He recently joined the SharingStories Foundation crew as a mentee and is now a highly valued member of the team. Nathan is a talented musician and recording artist who graduated in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music, he received the Elder Conservatorium Of Music Director’s Award in both 2013 and 2014 and was accepted into a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 2015. He is a creative musician and composer across a range of styles, equally at home as a folk/country style singer/songwriter/guitarist, as an accomplished drummer, and as a rapper/hip hop producer. NITV profiled Nathan for a program in its Unearthed series. After training with SharingStories Foundation he now works on SharingStories programs as a music and sound facilitator supporting workshop participants in the writing, recording and production of their own songs and soundscapes using Garageband and ProTools . Nathan has worked with the Wamba Wamba, Paakantji, Nyikina Mangala and Adnyamathanha communities in recent months and combines his work in communities with his own recording and music career.
Missi Mel Pesa –
Missi Mel Pesa is an Australian artist of Croatian heritage who works at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology, Sydney, and has worked with Sharing Stories Foundation since 2015. Missi also works as a composer for film and television and has produced the scores for documentaries, television shows and short film including themes for the NITV series Our Stories our Way Everyday and the orchestral score for the feature documentary Innocence Betrayed, (Larissa Behrendt, 2013.) Missi’s background is in experimental music and sound design. She has an extensive background of working with special interest youth community groups and has worked across a wide range of remote and regional communities within Australia.
Sean Ryan –
Sean Ryan is a traditional singer, dancer and artist as well as a teacher, musician and a professional didjeridoo player. He belongs to theKuku Nyunkal bubu bamanga. (The people of the Black Cockatoo mother country), known as the Sunset ceremonial group. Born in Mossman, North Queensland, Goorialla, the Rainbow Serpent is the ancestral creator being who created his country and taught the songs, handed down the laws and still watches over the Kuku Nyunkal bubu bamanga today, his eye can be seen in the night sky, it’s what other people call the Morning Star.
Sean has a deep love and affinity for the traditions of his people which were instilled by a loving mother and his maternal relatives and have held him in good stead ever since. Spending time with his grandmother’s family taught him the beauty, wisdom and dignity of his cultural heritage which has led Sean to many interesting experiences, in wonderful places, with beautiful people.
Sean has performed with Australia’s premier Jazz musician James Morrison at the Sydney Opera House, alongside charlie McMahon and with Aboriginal musician Frank Yamma as well as for Hettie Perkins at The “Art and Soul” Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Sean also runs the Murrngal education program in Centennial Park in Sydney. It’s a program that teaches bush skills, Aboriginal history and culture. When working on SharingStories programs Sean supports community participants in the production of songs and soundscapes. Work he facilitated on in Pigeon Hole community won participants Best Sound Recording and Best Sound Editing Awards at the Remote National Indigenous Media Festival.
Rick Nelson –
Rick Nelson is a Dja Dja Wurrung cultural custodian and teaches the stories taught to him by his father Uncle Brien Nelson taught me. Rick works part time at the Meeting Place initiative, which brings together Aboriginal children and families for special activities aimed at teaching and celebrating their culture. He is coordinator of a new Indigenous men’s well-being group which takes men out to sites on cultural excursions where experiences and knowledge are shared. Rick was the initiator of round table meetings with the Mayor and councillors of Mt Alexander Shire which involved planning programs for community and working on a Reconciliation Action Plan. He is actively involved in cultural maintenance programs and practices in Victoria and is frequently invited to participate in opening events and Welcome to Country Ceremonies. Rick works as a key cultural facilitator and program manager on SharingStories programs within the Dja Dja Wurrung community, following on from work his father Uncle Brien Nelson oversaw nearly a decade ago.
Isobel Knowles –
Isobel Knowles is an award-winning artist and animator. Her multidisciplinary practice spans short film, interactive installation, cross-platform performance, music, painting, photography and illustration. Her most recent achievements include winning the 2010 Premier of QLD’S National New Media Art Award, being given an Award of Distinction at the 2012 Arts Electronica Festival and publishing a children’s book with Thames and Hudson.
Isobel has worked across many facets of SharingStories programs including animation facilitation, co-curation, design and mentoring new facilitators. Her extensive experience has brought new and exciting skills to all visual projects.
Van Sowerwine –
Van Sowerwine is a media artist who work with stop-motion animation to create interactive installations and short films. Her works, often created in collaboration with Isobel Knowles (also a SharingStories facilitator) have shown at film at art festivals across the world including at Cannes and Sundance. Van also works with motion graphics, video editing and digital and interaction design and has extensive experience in education in the corporate, vocational and higher educations sector.
Van has worked designing and creating interactive digital iBooks with SharingStories communities and mentoring SharingStories digital designers. She is passionate about helping communities find the most effective ways to maintain and share language and stories using digital technologies.
Cliff Coulthard –
Cliff Coulthard is a senior Adnyamathanha Cultural Custodian and Aboriginal cultural teacher. He has 45 years experience working as a cultural teacher in different schools across the state of South Australia and was involved in the introduction of Aboriginal studies in the South Australian Curriculum in the 1980’s. Cliff’s work as an Aboriginal Heritage Ranger featured in ABC TV’s Six Australians . He was awarded a scholarship from Monash University to study rock art and conservation in Southern France and he continues to teach widely today. He is the Senior Adnyamathanha cultural advisor at Iga Warta Aboriginal Corporation and works as a lead facilitator on SharingStories programs on Adnyamathanha country. Cliff ensures that all cultural interpretations are done properly by young people involved, actively engaged in supporting the creation of the storytellers of the future.