Chiara is a creative producer, writer and musician. She is the founder and Director of Girls Rock! Canberra (GR!C), a mentorship program for girls, trans and gender-diverse young people encouraging self-confidence, creativity and teamwork through music education. A former producer of Noted writers festival, she has produced events for Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and You Are Here festival. Currently Canberra based but Melbourne bound, she’s passionate about scrappy punk bands, social theory, and fostering inclusive creative communities.
Holly is a Newcastle based cultural producer and curator working across visual arts, performance and audience engagement. She has spent the past 6 years working within various arts institutions in Newcastle and is currently completing her Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSWAD, Sydney. She is a co-founder of Banshee, a creative collective comprising of performance artists, visual artists and musicians that supports and encourages diversity within Newcastle’s cultural identity through events, workshops and mentorships.
Jenna is a Co-Director of people+artist+place (p+a+p), a new Brisbane arts initiative that seeks to stimulate and support the production of site-specific, participatory and socially engaged creative projects. During 2018, p+a+p will deliver Brisbane City Council’s first ever Temporary Art Program. This opportunity involves the delivery of eight public activations, creative projects that will happen in and around the city throughout the year.
Previously Jenna has freelanced for clients such as Urban Arts Projects (NYC), Creative Move, Contemporary Editions, Donna Marcus and Sebastian DiMauro. She has also worked in community engagement at the Queensland Museum and tutored in both art and design at the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. Her writing has been published in Art and Australia, Eyeline and Fine Print Magazine.
Jenna is extremely excited to be joining the Critical Animals team and looks forward to expanding the connections between the symposium and its local and national communities.