Amanda is a passionate supporter of contemporary art. Scarcely a night goes by when you won't see Amanda Biggs at an arts event or looking to add to her extensive collection. She previously worked as a gallery assistant for the Contemporary Arts Society in Adelaide, before moving to Sydney and working as a freelance cartoonist. By day Amanda is a senior researcher at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, researching and advising Parliamentarians on health and social policy issues. She graduated from Flinders University with a double major (Honours) in Fine Arts and English, and later completed a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship from UNSW and a Master of Arts from Deakin University. She has written numerous papers on health policy for the Parliamentary Library, as well as reviews and articles for the CAS Broadsheet and Words and Visions art magazine.
Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Adviser with over 40 years experience in Financial Services. He trained with international accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte for 9 years before establishing his own boutique practice – Whyte & Di Placido which he operated until 2004. In 2005 and 2006 Ian was General Manager of Sydney based multi media company - Spinifex Interactive. Ian returned to Canberra in June 2007 and commenced a financial planning and SMSF advisory business Capital Advisory. This business was sold in 2018.
Karina Harris is an award-winning Landscape Architect based on Ngunnawal country and a passionate supporter of the arts in Canberra. A founding partner of Harris Hobbs Landscapes, Karina was president of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter from 2012-2014. She has taught design at the University of Canberra and The Canberra Institute of Technology for over two decades. Over the last 30 years Karina and her partner Neil have amassed a significant collection of Australian and international art. Their collection was featured in Art Collector magazine in 2019 and was the subject of the 2007 exhibition ‘Good Thing’ at CCAS. Karina has been a CCAS board member since 2008 and sat on the DESIGN Canberra Festival committee in 2015 and 2016. As a philanthropist she has supported major commissions and prizes including the ANU School of Art and Design Postgraduate Materials Award since 2007.
Tina Baum is from the Gulumirrgin (Larrakia), Wardaman and Karajarri peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia with over thirty years’ experience in museums and galleries in Australia. Tina previously worked at the Queensland Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Museum of Australia and has been Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia since 2005. Tina curated the Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, 2017 and the Emerging Elders exhibitions in 2009. She is a current recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Leaders Program, 2020 and has participated in the NGA and Wesfarmers Arts, Indigenous Arts Leadership and Fellowship programs since its inception in 2010 as a mentor to the alumni and as a presenter and organiser.
Pauls first book of poems, Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006) was shortlisted in the Innovation category of the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for literature. His second, Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press: 2014) was named in Australian Book Review as one of the books of the year for 2014. He is also the author of the surrealist ethnography From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press: 2000). Paul studied in Melbourne, Moscow, San Salvador and Sydney. He is Associate Professor in Poetry at the University of Canberra, and is currently working on Rapid Eye Movements in the U.S.A., a travel book focused on what New York and San Francisco look like with your eyes closed.
Adam is a partner in Mills Oakley’s Property team in Canberra. He has more than 15 years’ experience acting on a range of structured property transactions, in which he has advised public and private sector clients in relation to the leasing, licensing, divestment, acquisition, and development of real property. In addition to advising in relation to property law matters, Adam also regularly advises clients in relation to environmental, planning, heritage, and native title aspects. Adam has been listed every year since 2014 in the Best Lawyers publication and is again featured in the 2020 edition for Real Property Law, Leasing Law, and Government Practice, including being recognised as the 2020 Canberra Real Property Lawyer of the Year. Adam is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Property Law Committee and is a member of the ACT Division of the Property Council of Australia’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee.
Banner: Blue Blooded Marie Hagerty and Almost Illegible Tony Curran 14 October - 3 December 2016 Photograph by Brenton McGeachie