Dr Lachlan MacDowall
CENTRE FOR CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS, VCA & MCM, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Dr Lachlan MacDowall is an artist and cultural researcher in the Centre for Cultural Partnerships in the Faculty of the VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne. His areas of research include the history and aesthetics of graffiti, the creative city and community-based art-making. He has published widely on graffiti, street art and urban creativity, including as a contributor to the two book-length studies of Australian graffiti: Cubrilo, Harvey and Stamer’s King’s Way: The Beginnings of Australian Graffiti: Melbourne 1983-1993 (2009) and Christine Dew’s Uncommissioned Art (2007), which includes 60 of his photographs. He is also the Principal Researcher on a 3-year ARC-funded project examining the effective evaluation of community-based arts projects, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and RMIT University.
CEO, FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE
Jade is the Director & CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre. An experienced community cultural development practitioner, arts executive, educator and facilitator, she has worked in a variety of consultation, government and non-government contexts in Australia and overseas, including: Education Queensland, NT Department of Education and Training, Arts Queensland, SpeakOut (Human Ventures), Brisbane City Council and Contact Inc. Jade has been a recipient of the Kirk Robson Award and an Asialink Arts Management Resident. Until recently, Jade was based in Northern Thailand working with Australian Volunteers International as an Arts Management Advisor for organisations working with communities around human rights and trafficking issues. While there, she also completed a research project ‘Australia and South East Asia - Creating Connections and Understanding: CACD and International Collaborations’ which looked at community arts and cultural development practice in a contemporary South East Asian context as well as intercultural collaboration and engagement in international development.