Brian has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years and has exhibited both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. His research and practice focuses on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”.
Peta recently participated in The Koorie Heritage Trust’s “Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency Program”, during which, she collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a major series of large format landscape photographs responding to a massacre site on their Country. The residency culminated in the solo exhibition Undercurrent, presented at the Koorie Heritage Trust 8 March – 28 April 2019.
Carolyn is a Boon Wurrung senior elder and is the chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation. She has been involved in developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over 50 years.
Brook is Director of NIRIN - the 2020 Biennale of Sydney. From 2016–2018, Brook led an international team of researchers in “Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial,” a visual arts research project that investigated the possibility of representing the magnitude of Indigenous loss and survival in the Australian frontier wars via a national memorial.
Mexican-Indigenous Mestiza, Desiree is a passionate Industrial and Social designer. She has over 14 years of experience in the field, across diverse disciplines, such as furniture, interior, social and spatial design.
James Oliver is a Hebridean Gàidheal and adjunct staff member of Wominjeka Djeembana and the department of Design. He has been an international contributor to 2017’s and to 2019’s Yirramboi Festival. He has also published Associations: creative practice and research, an anthology on doing research for, through, and with creative practices, particularly in the higher education sector. He continues to collaborate with Wominjeka Djeembana on Indigenous Practice Research and Graduate Research-Creation. He is an Associate Professor of Design at RMIT University.
Candidates undertaking Monash University’s Graduate research degrees are challenged to apply new thinking to interpret – and solve – complex questions. Here are some of the projects they’re currently investigating.