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.
Liz Thompson –
Liz Thompson has been a producer of media for over two decades, creating stories for radio, television and the print media, often in collaboration with Indigenous and marginalised communities. SharingStories Digital Online Project grew out of a desire to facilitate a self representational process, in which the tools are handed over and young people are able to tell their own stories. Other work includes: Sharing Our Stories , a series of books resulting from a collaboration between Liz and fourteen Indigenous communities in Australia, Winner of the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and Best Primary Teaching and Learning Resource. Liz’s films have won numerous awards, Breaking Bows and Arrows which explored reconciliation in Bougavinlle after the civil war won the United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television, The AIBD World Award for the Promotion of Conflict Resolution and the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film ( FIFO). She has produced various feature length programs and online content for ABC Radio National and written for Australian and international print media. Liz has published over thirty books and has a Phd from La Trobe University.
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.
Conor Fox –
Conor is a visual and performance artist. Conor’s visual arts have involved a range of large installations and public murals, and within performance arts he has undertaken roles as director, designer, and performer. Conor has facilitated collaborative works across a variety of visual, performative, and therapeutic disciplines, working with theatre companies, community sector organisations, and community arts organisations.
Conor enjoys facilitating processes which allow people within marginalized groups to rebuild resilience through active participation. To date he has worked with a range of people including those with intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities, from indigenous and refugee backgrounds, and within areas recovering from civil war or natural disaster.
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.
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.
Jane Hole –
Jane Hole is a musician, producer and workshop facilitator who has specialised in working with indigenous youth and community for over a decade. She has co-produced 5 albums of original indigenous music under the Records of the Land label, and has previously worked for Save the Children and Music Outback Foundation, notably as event director of Tanami Mobfest in 2010 & 2011. In addition to her current work for Sharing Stories, Jane occasionally sings with Canadian First Nations JUNO award winning band ‘Digging Roots’, curates the creative blog www.mojojunction.com and works as a producer at Melbourne studio, Sunshine Recorder
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.
John Feely –
(John 2nd from right)
John Feely is an Australian photographer who works artistically and commercially throughout Asia and Australia. He was trained as a photographer and graphic designer at the Queensland College of Arts (Griffith University), has assisted many of Australia’s best photographers and has been invited to be an artist in residence in Vrindarvan, India in 2014.
John is passionate about collaborating with young people and his practice is informed by an eight year career as a behavioural advisor, special education specialist, classroom teacher and youth detention officer in Australia and Europe. John collaborates using photography, video portraiture, film, stop-motion and typography as well as other mediums young artists bring to the table.
Whether through his own work or through collaborating with young people John recognises art practice as a transitory moment with profound personal meaning. And that from this place powerful shared experiences are created.
Krista Scott –
Krista Scott has worked extensively in education. Leading change and innovative programs in senior education roles including International Vice Principal positions, United Kingdom, Foundation Educator in the United Arab Emirates and as a consultant across Australia. Her experience includes working across six diverse curriculum frameworks, demanding a transparent approach to determine best practice pedagogy. In SharingStories she supports teachers to increase student engagement through culturally relevant, student centered learning, working with a creative digital storytellng practice
Tom Murray –
film and animation facilitator
Tom Murray has a PhD in media and history, and lectures at Macquarie University in these subject areas. Tom’s media career has been split between film and television production, writing, and teaching. His debut documentary film Dhakiyarr vs the King won the Dendy Award for Best Film at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival, the NSW Premier’s Award for History, and was selected for many international film festivals including the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.Tom’s 2008 film In My Father’s Country, was selected for IDFA Amsterdam and won the 2008 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature and has screened at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. This film, and the written exigesis accompanying it, were awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence by Macquarie University. Tom’s most recent film Love in Our Own Time is due for release in 2012.
Tom has given guest lectures at Harvard University’s Film Study Centre and at Yale University as well as numerous other institutions in Australia and overseas. Tom has also enjoyed the opportunity of teaching filmmaking and facilitating media production in remote indigenous communites, including for The Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre in NE Arnhem Land, and for theSharing Stories project across Australia.
Jessie Jungalwalla –
photography and music facilitator
Jessie Jungalwalla has been involved with many creative projects both commercial and educational. With a background in music, graphic design and related entrepreneurial pursuits, Jessie is now using her acquired skills in the education field. Using combined mediums of photography and street art, Jessie has run workshops in remote communities in Australia (TiTree NT, Laramba NT, Wilcannia NSW, Jabiru NT, Palm Island QLD) where the students convert their school or the main street into a walk through gallery of their own work. Jessie is passionate about helping young people discover their creative potential.