Speakers on the panel at the Redfern Mural Gathering on Friday 13th November

David Beaumont – is a Wiradjuri man, born on the Block in Redfern, Gadigal Country. He currently works in the Strategic Community Consultation Unit (Aboriginal Community Development) at the City of Sydney having previously managed the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander casting agency of its kind in the country for the City. David is also currently the first Aboriginal Chair of Media RING (Reconciliation Industry Network Group), the first group of its kind in the country to address reconciliation within an industry sector. He completed Sydney Leadership (Social Leadership Australia and the Benevolent Society) in 2009 and Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership at the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Prior to working at the City David worked for Vibe Australia, an Aboriginal events management and Communications Company. He has worked in TV, event and festival production for the past 20 years and currently MC’s the Opening Ceremony of one of the largest international festivals in Australia, The Rainbow Serpent Festival held annually in North West Victoria.

Nathan Moran CEO of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Local Aboriginal Land Council is bound by the key legislative requirements which determine the objects and functions of a Local Aboriginal Land Council as contained in the amended Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA). The LALC is an incorporated body constituted under the ALRA. The ALRA states that the objects of each Local Aboriginal Land Council are to “improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal persons within the Council’s area and other persons who are members of the Council”. (text quoted from MLALC website)

Matt Poll – currently works at the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney as an assistant curator of Indigenous heritage and the repatriation project.  Matt is interested in the social histories and the forms of Sydney University student and academic engagement with Redfern community members and the way these engagements have shaped Redferns social spaces in the post referendum era.

Jason Wing – is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.

Djion Mundine – Djon Mundine OAM, member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales, is a curator, writer, artist and activist. He has held prominent curatorial positions in many national and international institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Queensland Art Gallery. Between 1979 and 1995 he was the Art Advisor at Milingimbi and Ramingining in the Northern Territory. He was the concept artist of the Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia in 1988. In 1993 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion and development of Aboriginal arts, crafts and culture. In 2005-2006 he was Research Professor at The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, Japan. He is currently an independent curator of contemporary Indigenous art. Djon curated and developed the Kandos Museum mural project for Cementa ‘15 consisting of a 24 square metre mural of the last full blood members of the local Dabee tribe of the Wiradjuri people. Called A Man – A Woman, this mural depicted Peggy and Jimmy Lambert, who had both survived the massacre of the Dabee tribe. The mural was painted by their descendants who daubed paint onto the wall with their fingers.

Desely Haas – As a local resident of 22 years standing I have been involved for the past seven years as a community volunteer on various community action projects with community groups in our area such as the Redfern Station Community Group. My background is in education. My last full-time position in the Public Service was to create and then manage a Human Resources Department in a NSW Government Agency.My life-long interest  that provides the basis for the community work has been in experiential learning, place management and community development.

Carol Ruff – Artist and painter of the 40,000 Years mural in 1983I live in Clovelly where I run an artist space called Gallery east. We hold exhibitions for artists and run community art events.  I continue my painting practise producing exhibition work. I also teach ukulele.

Cara Martinez – Cara Martinez is a curator who values socially engaged art that encompasses community and publics with respect to multilayered historical and current contexts. She has lived in Mexico where she developed a particular interest in Mural Art and has worked with councils and cultural centres as an art advisor, curator and commissioning agent. Recent projects include a mural for the Ted Noffs’ Foundation and an exhibition with the Millers Point community. She has a bachelor of Art History & Theory and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney.

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