Shane Hulbert is an artist and academic. He is Deputy Head, Discipline (Art), in the School of Art at RMIT University, where he manages the school's Higher Education programs. As a practitioner, he has shown in national and international galleries, most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria in their iconic Melbourne Now exhibition. As an academic he fosters creative learning environments, specialising in photography and online education. For more information visit: www.shanehulbert.com
Tammy Wong Hulbert is an artist, curator and academic. Tammy graduated from Bachelor of Applied Art (Honours 1st Class) at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney and has since completed her PhD investigating The City as a Curated Space at RMIT University, a study that investigated the social context of the relationship between art in public space practices and the development of urban public spaces. She has exhibited her own artwork and worked as a visual arts curator predominantly in Sydney, Melbourne and Beijing. Her artwork has predominantly dealt with issues concerning being part of a diasporic community. This project has developed out of her increasing interest in investigating how participation in an art project can have social outcomes for targeted urban communities. For more information visit: www.tammyhulbert.com
Rowena Booth is an artist, urban gardener and environmentalist. Rowena has a diverse background which stems from the festival and events industry and branches outward to various community networks within the Hunter Valley and more recently within Melbourne. Rowena graduated from a Master of Arts; Art in Public Space in 2010 at RMIT University, and has since worked within the community arts sector, focusing on mobile edible gardens as a driving force to connect with community. Her mobile edible gardens works explore the interrelationships between plants and humans, biodiversity in both an urban and rural environment, as well as the food and fibre outcomes within a health and wellbeing context.
Claire Tracey is an artist who's practice works with themes of environmental sustainability and organic pattern formation. She creates object based works for public spaces & art exhibitions. Her focus is upon sustainability and ecological issues in a social context. Claire uses recycled and up-cycled materials where possible to promote ideas of responsible waste management and; works with solar lighting and renewable energy. This passion for the environment has expanded into design and she now makes functional and sculptural lighting for interior spaces. For more information visit http://clairetracey.com
Sofi Basseghi is an Australian/Iranian video artist, photographer and director based in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2007 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and pursued further graduate studies in directing in 2011 at Melbourne University school of Film and Television. Her award winning film, photographs and video work have been exhibited at internationally acclaimed venues and galleries including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni in Rome. Her work is based predominantly on real and fictitious stories born of experiences arising from the complexities of the cultural, religious and social climate people find themselves in. Her desire to cross inflicted boundaries and question cultural and traditional mores is evident in her works. She also uses photography, documentary and video art practices as tools to express narratives revealing an image of contemporary Iranian female rebellion.
She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD - Arts) at RMIT University.
Phil Edwards explains that his research interests are only partly circumscribed by his formal studies. During his Masters he researched the possibility of an innate aesthetic that manifested itself in the casual assemblage of everyday objects. His PhD studies concerned themselves with an examination of the positioning of audio CDs in a Fine Art culture. Both these formal studies overlapped in the sense that within each was an examination of hybridity as it is expressed in the overlap between art informale and Fine Art. Phil’s research focus and interests are in six themes: Children’s art/ outsider art and its relationship to formal painting; Fake poetry and Fine Art; Alchemy as a sleight of hand; Music brut; Temporality and Compression in Hybrid art forms; and Painting – Abstraction – Landscape. Phil is currently a Lecturer at the School of Art, RMIT University. RMIT Staff Profile for Phil
James Voller delves into the essence of place using site-specific installation and photography. His seemingly domestic constructions and superimposed photographic images appear as visually integral parts of their surrounding environments, yet they are often at odds with the transitory urban spaces. Voller depicts, creating an eerie awareness of place and altering the context of the space being viewed. Having held successful exhibitions internationally such as Moving House at the Christchurch Centre for Contemporary Art, New Zealand in 2010, Voller has an increasing interest in diverse locations and is currently based in Melbourne where he is pursuing postgraduate study at Monash University. He has been included in several group exhibitions in London, including Streets of Gold at the Museum of London in 2012. In 2010, he received the Ethol Susan Jones Travelling Scholarship to support research in Berlin and in 2010 he completed a Krems Artist Residency in Austria. Voller holds a Master of Fine Arts (coursework) from RMIT. Since moving to Melbourne, James has focused on creating public art works with multiple city councils. The focus on both is the changing face of the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. James has a large-scale public installation with Wellington City Council and the Embassy Theatre in Wellington in 2015, as well as a residency in Melbourne through Victracks. http://www.jamesvoller.com
Rebecca Mayo graduated with a BA in Visual Art from the South Australian School of Art in 1992. She completed her final semester in upstate NewYork (SUNY at Buffalo). From here she travelled to Scotland where she worked as a studio technician at Edinburgh Printmakers' Workshop between 1993 and 1994. In Edinburgh Rebecca learnt about and developed her lasting passion for screenprinting. In 2000 she received First Class Honours (Printmaking) from the Department of Fine Art at RMIT where she now teaches screenprinting to undergraduates. Her art practice extends beyond screenprinting to objects, books and other printmaking and digital processes. Her work is informed by science, ecology, history, plants, stories, families and their relationships to each other and to art and culture. She has collaborated with her dad (a geneticist) once, and hopes to do so again in the future. She also has an ongoing collaboration with the ecologist Prof David M Watson from Charles Sturt University. Rebecca's work is held in numerous collections including Artbank and the National Gallery of Australia. Rebecca makes screenprints for other artists at her studio in West Preston. She is curator of The Dolls House, a small not-for-profit gallery space. http://rebeccamayo.com