Meet the Artists

A wide call-out led to the selection of seven fabulous Creative Recovery and Resilience core artists: four artists-in-residence, a writer-in-residence, and two creative producers.

Juliette Dudley | Illustrator

Juliette Dudley | Illustrator

Juliette Dudley is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Canberra, Australia. She is experienced working in a wide range of media, favouring digital, watercolour, pen and ink. Her work takes inspiration from many sources including nature, science fiction, video...

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Natsuko Yonezawa | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Natsuko Yonezawa | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Photos: Alex Davies (@alexdavies.photo on Instagram) featuring 'Achiragawa' presented at Live Dreams: Distance at Carriageworks as part of Vivid Sydney produced by Performance Space (@performancespace @vividsydney @carriageworks) Natsuko is an emerging...

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Nicola Lambert | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Nicola Lambert | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Nicola Lambert, Creative Producer of Catchment Studio, an independent, non-profit creative platform transforming how people connect with urban waterways. Based in Ngunnawal Country (ACT), we collaborate with Traditional Custodians, artists, scientists and community...

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Tom Campbell | Seat at the Table Facilitator | Keeping it Real

Tom Campbell | Seat at the Table Facilitator | Keeping it Real

Tom Campbell is an artist and writer who works in fundraising on Ngunawal country. Tom considers a lineage stretching towards scotland and sabah borneo, where both sets of ancestors were involved in various forms of conflict and mediation. His work often attempts to...

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Dale Thain | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Dale Thain | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Dale grew up in Hong Kong while her parents taught at University and International High Schools. Discovering talent and passion in drama and dancing, She majored in the International Baccalaureate’s Theatre Arts, Literature and Modern History. Her talent for ballet...

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Tashani Fuller | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Tashani Fuller | Pitch Lab participant | Keeping it Real

Currently a film student and hospital support worker in their hometown of Braidwood. Tashani has always wanted to make positive change through art. With the goal of being a film director, Tashani aims to make films that are inclusive, diverse, and accessible to all...

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Deb Hayes | Auslan Interpreter

Deb Hayes | Auslan Interpreter

  Deborah Hayes is a NAATI qualified Professional Auslan Interpreter who has ben working with the Deaf Community since 1983. Deb began using Auslan in the arts arena in 1994 when she interpreted a Johnny Farnham concert and then worked with the Black Swan Theatre...

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Adam Deusien | Pitch Lab Facilitator | Keeping it Real

Adam Deusien | Pitch Lab Facilitator | Keeping it Real

Adam is a director and physical theatre maker with over 15 years’ experience in creating original narrative driven performance, adaptations of canonical texts and contemporary performance, in Bathurst, regional NSW. He is a graduate of Charles Sturt University BA –...

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In residence: looking backwards and forwards

In residence: looking backwards and forwards

“Coming across the CRRP prompted me to ask myself whether I’m still an artist. That was, in retrospect, a step toward recovery.” Simone Penkethman wraps up as Writer-in-Residence. In residence Featured image: Simone Penkethman (second from the left) and other...

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Lavanna Neal | Pitch Lab Facilitator | Keeping it Real

Lavanna Neal | Pitch Lab Facilitator | Keeping it Real

Lavanna started her career in a 1950s Rock’n’Roll café, dancing the Peppermint Twist & feeding the jukebox while slinging shakes & hot apple pie. After completing the Acting for Screen & Stage degree at Charles Sturt University, Lavanna relocated to...

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Ruth O’Brien | Access All Round | Skills Caravan 3

Ruth O’Brien | Access All Round | Skills Caravan 3

Ruth O’Brien is a passionate & creative Canberra local. Entering her professional career as a singer and songwriter, Ruth has gone on to form a multi-faceted arts career, lending her skills and voice (musical, spoken and written) to many creative initiatives and...

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Gretel Burgess | Access All ‘Round | Skills Caravan 2

Gretel Burgess | Access All ‘Round | Skills Caravan 2

Gretel Burgess completed two years of a counselling degree before transferring to a master’s in social work (completed 2015). Gretel also has a BA in Communication – Theatre Media, and a Certificate in Cultural Theatre and Dance from the Indonesian Art Institute of...

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Britt Nichols | Pitch Lab | Skills Caravan 2

Britt Nichols | Pitch Lab | Skills Caravan 2

Britt Nichols is a keen designer and advocate for Canberra with a background in marketing, digital design, events management, and media production. Her most recent project was working as the Local Producer for Canberra's first urban street art festival, Surface. She...

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Christian Doran | Small Talk, Big Business | Skills Caravan 2

Christian Doran | Small Talk, Big Business | Skills Caravan 2

Christian Doran has worked in the film and games industry for the past 15 years as a writer, producer and production manager. Since completing his post-graduate training at AFTRS he has produced feature films including Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse starring...

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Naomi Zouwer | Small Talk, Big Business | Skills Caravan 2

Naomi Zouwer | Small Talk, Big Business | Skills Caravan 2

Dr Naomi Zouwer is a visual artist, researcher and creative education specialist. She has expertise with creative processes and design to improve engagement and collaboration between all generations and aspiring practitioners. Naomi enjoys working on projects...

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Anna Trundle | Small Talk, Big Business | Skills Caravan 2

Anna Trundle | Small Talk, Big Business | Skills Caravan 2

  Anna is the co-founder of Keep Co, Canberra’s creative coworking space based in Dairy Road, Fyshwick. She is a passionate supporter of community-focused initiatives for the arts, creative industries and small businesses. Anna's many past and present hats...

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Simone Penkethman | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Simone Penkethman | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Simone is a writer, musician, theatre-maker, and community cultural development specialist. She has published short fiction and poetry. From the mid-90s to late naughties Simone played regular live gigs as a solo singer/guitarist and fronted bands including Simone and...

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Julia Boyd | Storying | Skills Caravan 1

Julia Boyd | Storying | Skills Caravan 1

Julia Boyd has over a decade’s experience in arts marketing. Julia is passionate about working directly with artists to communicate about the Arts in an accessible way. Having worked at the ANU School of Art & Design, Belconnen Arts Centre, White Cube Gallery...

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Sophie Edwards | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Sophie Edwards | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Singer-songwriter Sophie Edwards has been a staple in the Canberra music space for multiple years now, and most recently has been pursuing a steady stream of new music. After releasing a couple of singles at the start of career, Sophie made an exciting return in 2020...

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Frank McKone | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Frank McKone | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Francis (Frank) McKone MA, DipEd, Ass Dip Theatre Practice, FACE, FRSA Retired since 1996 from teaching Drama / Theatre Arts and People, Beliefs and Society at Hawker College, Canberra, Australia. Theatre reviewer for The Canberra Times 1996-2009.  Currently freelance...

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Melinda Smith | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Melinda Smith | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Melinda Smith is a poet, editor, teacher and lawyer. She is the author of seven poetry collections, including the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winner Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call, and most recently Man-handled (2020). She enjoys collaborating...

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Emma Laverty | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Emma Laverty | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Emma Laverty is a proud Boorooberongal Clanswoman of the Darug Tribe, living and working on Ngunnawal Country. Emma is a lifelong dancer and has been teaching dance 19 years. Emma enjoys mentoring our youth and watching the next generation of cultural leaders grow....

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Andrew Galan | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Andrew Galan | Snailbox Exchange Artist

Andrew Galan lives on Ngunnawal Country, Canberra, Australia. He has been published in Solid Air, Rabbit, Concrescence, Cordite and more. He has featured at such events as the Red Dirt, Queensland Poetry and National Folk festivals. His second poetry collection, For...

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Tammi Gissell | Snailbox Provocateur

Tammi Gissell | Snailbox Provocateur

Tammi Gissell is a performer, choreographer, teacher, adjudicator, published poetess and performance theorist. Since 1996, she has toured remotely, regionally, nationally and internationally in a range of performance genres. She holds a Bachelor of Performance: Theory...

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Richie Allan | postcard design

Richie Allan | postcard design

Richie Allan is a Ngunnawal Kamilaroi custodian who was born in Ngunnawal Country and raised on both Ngunnawal and Kamilaroi Country. Richie is Cultural Director of Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, where he manages cultural awareness, education and Ngunnawal...

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Sarah Loynes | weaving and design

Sarah Loynes | weaving and design

Sarah Loynes is a Gamilaroi Yularoi person currently living and studying on Ngunnawal Ngambri land. They are currently studying archaeology and anthropology at the Australian National University and work with younger members of the community at the Tjabal Indigenous...

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Zhi | Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Digital Innovation

Zhi | Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Digital Innovation

Zhi is a poet and multidisciplinary artist who will be working with Belco Arts and UC as the Emerging Artist-in-Residence for Digital Innovation as part of the Creative Recovery and Resilience Residencies. They are one half of the collaborative poetry and sound...

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Kiri Morcombe | Forum Producer

Kiri Morcombe | Forum Producer

Kiri is a creative producer on the hustle - producing, curating, creating: performance programs, delivering exchange projects, large scale dance festivals and works, public art installations, short dance films and cross-artform works with contemporary and cultural...

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Simone Penkethman | Writer-in-Residence

Simone Penkethman | Writer-in-Residence

Simone is a writer, musician, theatre-maker, and community cultural development specialist. She has published short fiction and poetry and is a member of the Canberra Critics Circle, reviewing theatre and music. Simone is keen to contribute to resilience and recovery...

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