Abdul Abdullah is an artist from Perth who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. As a self described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and he is particularly interested in the experience of young Muslims in the contemporary multicultural Australian context.
Andrea O’Driscoll is a professional writer from Sydney’s Inner West. When she’s not busy with that she likes spending time with her two young children and struggling to finish her latest novel.
Andrew Quilty was born in Sydney and is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan. H has won a World Press Photo Away sans a Walkley Young Australian Photojournalist of The Year Award. His work has been published by The New York Time, TIME, Newsweek, Rolling Stones, among others. He is a member of Oculi.
Augusta Supple is a cultural crusader, arts activist, writer, theatre director, strategist, intellectual, performing arts obsessive, man-loving feminist, provocateur, romantic, punk, lapsed jazz musician, new work advocate, she is an arts “slashie” of extreme dimensions who is in love with the world. And long sentences.
Aurélie Garnier grew up in Normandy, surrounded by cats, chickens and fields, where she developed a fantasy, but also a desire to travel. Her graphical output feeds on poetry and Nordic mignonneries, as on more trash vocabulary gleaned from American culture. It gives her work a false air of schizophrenia that she willingly defends. She founds in drawing the perfect way for tracing the gestures that move her, things that intrigue her, and places that touch her.
Chloe Joyce is a Sydney based Illustrator and Graphic Designer. She draws her influence from the world around her, from her experiences travelling, to her love of books and nature. She uses a variety of mediums to create quirky narrative based illustrations aimed to put a smile on your face and occasionally to leave you feeling heavy of heart.
Courtney Mattison is a San Francisco based artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She primarily hand-sculpts intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face. Courtney’s intricate and often large-scale ceramic sculptural works have been exhibited at prominent science and art venues.
Cynthia Sciberras believes that when you come from an authentic place of love and creativity, all is possible. When not consumed as Editor in Chief for YOKE magazine, she can be found with her camera shooting humans of many different ages and angles, hanging with her two beloved rescue cats and partner, living her yoga in sunny Sydney.
Dominique Antarakis is a journalist, editor and storyteller, and founder of The Copy Collective, a global network of writers who care, writing for good causes.
Francesco Lo Iacono is an Italian artist currently living in Paris. His work includes illustration, painting and photography. He has worked for different fashion magazines, fashion sites and also young designers. Some of his fashion illustrations have also been exposed during the second edition of DDessin, the contemporary drawing fair in Paris. As a photographer he can often be seen with his camera backstage during Paris Fashion Week.
Giles Clarke is a photojournalist with Getty Images Reportage based in New York City. His work has been featured recently by American Photography 31 and 32, Amnesty International, CNN, Yahoo News, The Guardian, Global Witness, The New Yorker, and VICE amongst others. Recent 2015-2016 exhibitions include shows in Italy, Germany, Slovenia as well as the World Climate Summit in Paris.
Graham Long is the pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel incSydney’s Kings Cross. He has written two books, one of which is Love over Hate.
Jo Litson is an arts writer based in Sydney. During a 30-year career she has written for publications including The Australian, Limelight Magazine, The Bulletin, POL and Vogue Australia among many others. For the past ten years, she has been the arts writer/theatre reviewer for The Sunday Telegraph.
Liberty Lawson is a writer, yogi and mermaid based in Sydney. She is currently completing a PhD in coral reef ecology and environmental philosophy.
Marian Drew is one of Australia’s most significant contemporary photographic artists. Her practice, spanning more than 20 years, is characterised by innovation and exploration of photo-media. With over 20 solo shows across Australia, USA, France and Germany. Her work is held is many major public and private collections across Australia including Australian National Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, South Australian Art Gallery and in the J. Paul Getty Museum in the USA.
Melita Rowston is a writer, director and performer. She’s in her happy place writing plays, directing other people‘s plays, writing about travel (while travelling) and she delights in interviewing interesting people. She also performs shows about her obsession with Australia’s Shit Tourism.
Michael O’Neill in his near 50-year career, has photographed cultural icons of his time, from Andy Warhol to the Dalai Lama, for publications including the Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. His photographs reside in the collections of the Walker Art Center, among others. For the last decade he has immersed himself in the culture of yoga, turning his lens on the origins and essence of this ancient and timeless spiritual practice. His book is On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace
Natalie Behjan is a designer and illustrator with hair down to her derrière. She graduated from the University of Technology Sydney, in Design in Visual Communication and delights in the expansion and evolution of consciousness.
Neera Scott is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Sydney who has taught internationally. Her exploration into the deeper dimensions of yoga led her to spend a year in India with Jnana Yoga master HWL Poonja. Neera is also a published writer of poetry, film critique and wellbeing articles.
Nicky Lobo is Editor of Habitus, a quarterly magazine about residential design, architecture and art. She is also a yoga student and new yoga teacher, having just launched her business yoga&, which explores yoga&… everything. Nicky is a committee member for Off the Mat, Into the World (Australia & New Zealand), which bridges yoga and activism, using the tools of yoga to create more sustainable activism.
Noula Diamantopoulos is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist working across a variety of mediums including performance, sculpture, mosaics, printmaking, painting and encaustics. The core of her work is expressed through the medium of performance art as seen in her series of ongoing endurance performances titled Quest, which draws on relational aesthetics and the artist’s background as a practicing psychotherapist.
Renae Spinks has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as a freelance writer for not-for-profits. Lately she has been working in community development and travel and has a passion for words and deeds that make the world a better place.
Rhianna Walcott is a Sydney-based Curator and Arts Writer. She is the Manager of Artereal Gallery in Sydney and currently sits on the committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young Ambassador Program. When she is not drinking wine at exhibition openings she likes to escape with a pot of peppermint tea and a good book.
Ven. Robina Courtin ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.
Veronica Layunta-Maurel is a lifestyle and fiction writer, co-director of Odyssey Films Ltd, yoga teacher and traveller. She holds a BSc in Nursing Studies, a BA in Humanities (Philosophy), a PGC in Education and a PGC and MA in Creative Writing. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, she now lives in the UK with her husband and their black cat, and is on a mission to bring creativity, health and yoga spirituality to people’s lives.