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The Fremantle Biennale is a biennial festival of site-responsive contemporary art.

Our largely free program presents artworks from Australia and the world, in a festival that reveals and celebrates the cultural, social and historical distinctiveness of the Fremantle (Walyalup) region.

The Fremantle Biennale was founded in 2017 with the intention of creating a festival that expanded contemporary artistic and cultural programming within greater Fremantle.

The Fremantle Biennale takes place on the unceded lands and waters of the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation. We acknowledge the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the Walyalup area. We acknowledge elders past, present and emerging, and respect the living culture and heritage of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Fremantle Biennale is held every two years in the Nyoongar season of Kambarang (November). The last Fremantle Biennale, titled CROSSING 21, took place from 5–21 November 2021.

The next Fremantle Biennale will take place from 3 – 19 November 2023.

Founding Partner


Principal Partners


Presenting Partners


Industry Partners


Mary Hill
Michela & Adrian Fini
Susan & Ian Trahar
Libby & Rohan Williams
Tonia Ryan & Craig Peterson
Sue McDonald & Mark Westbrook
Helene Taylor & Darryl Mack
Mili & Franklin Gaffney
Jenny & David Martin

The Fremantle Biennale is committed to on-going learning and adaptability around access, cultural diversity and inclusion to ensure that everyone feels invited to and can participate in our festival.

The Fremantle Biennale offers different access and assistive services across our program and events. See the drop-down Access menu on each project page and look out for the below icons to learn more of what is on offer.

Auslan Interpreting

Auslan interpreting is provided at a number of our talks, performances and events. Look for the Auslan symbol displayed on the event page.

Audio Described Tours

A number of Audio Described tours and events will be held during the Fremantle Biennale. These tours will provide live verbal descriptions of actions, performances, objects, scenery and other visual elements.

Open Captioning

Open captioning will be available across a number of Fremantle Biennale digital events. Open captioning allows people who are hard of hearing or Deaf to read accurate text displays of a performance or event on a screen. Check the event pages for more information.

Tactile Tours

A number of Tactile tours will be held across Fremante Biennale events. These tours allow people who are blind or have low vision to experience a event through touch, sound and conversation.

100 eye

No music or dialogue, or all dialogue is open captioned

75 eye

No music or sounds. Access to spoken word provided by open caption and/or script.

50 eye

May have music or sounds in the background. Open caption, scripts and descriptions are provided.

 

VENUE ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair accessible

This indicates that the venue/location is accessible for people with limited mobility, including wheelchairs. If this symbol is not listed on an event, access may be limited, so please contact us for more information.

Assistive access

This symbol indicates that assistance from a Companion is likely necessary for wheelchair users to navigate a space.

Please see the Access information on each event page for more information.

We also recommend visiting transperth.wa.gov.au for up-to-date information on accessible transport to and from all our events.

The Fremantle Biennale has sought to embed cross-cultural collaboration as we consider what a site-responsive and place-sensitive festival should aim to contribute to its people. We ask, what meaningful legacy and impact can the Fremantle Biennale offer our community?

As a collective organism made up of artists, writers, partners, board members, advisors and curators, there has been a real desire in shaping this festival together, to making a space of collective communion where multiple voices are heard.

Listening to place, hearing Country and acknowledging the past to enable truthful futures, are guiding principles for our festival.

The Fremantle Biennale engages with Nyoongar stories and ways of knowing in an effort to contribute to the cultural and environmental wellbeing of Walyalup (Fremantle) and the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River). All our work is informed by protocols for respectful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and material.

In 2020 the Fremantle Biennale began a process of Creative Conciliation sessions – yarns between artists, Walyalup Elders and Cultural Knowledge holders, which have and will continue to guide our festival.

The Fremantle Biennale is created by a team of artists, producers and curators who are committed to creating a working environment and festival that foregrounds diversity and community.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Fremantle Biennale, please email us at info@fremantlebiennale.com.au

The Fremantle Biennale is a not-for-profit charity, delivered every two years through the generosity of our funders, partners and donors. We’re incredibly grateful for all contributions, which help us create extraordinary arts and cultural experiences across Walyalup (Fremantle).

All donations to the Fremantle Biennale Inc (FBI) Donation Fund are tax deductible.

LOVE BIEN

LOVE BIEN is the Fremantle Biennale’s community giving program created especially for individuals and small businesses who are keen to contribute to the Fremantle Biennale. Visit the LOVE BIEN website here.

BENEFACTORS

For individuals able to give more, the Fremantle Biennale benefactor program offers special benefits to those donating $2,000 and over. Benefactors will receive exclusive invitations to the program launch and opening event and will have early access to ticketed performances programmed during the Fremantle Biennale in November – plus – all benefactors will be recognised on our website. If you would like to become a benefactor of the Fremantle Biennale, please email tom@fremantlebiennale.com.au to discuss opportunities.

STAFF

Tom Mùller – Artistic Director, Co-Founder & CEO

Tom is an established multi-disciplinary artist with an active international practice spanning the realms of site-responsive and temporal projects. His work has been included in major exhibitions and institutions including The National at Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Adelaide Biennial, Biennale de la Chaux-de-Fonds, and the upcoming Northern Alps Triennale in Japan. He has been the recipient of multiple Australia Council grants, the inaugural winner of the Qantas Contemporary Art prize, and a mid-career fellowship from the Department of Culture and the Arts. In 2009, he was awarded the Basel international residency program through the Christoph Merian Stiftung. Tom was mentored by the Russian-American conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov in New York, and studied Anthroposophy at Emerson College in London. Tom co-founded the Fremantle Biennale in 2017.

Katherine Wilkinson – Program Director

Katherine is a creative producer and curator working across socially engaged, site-responsive, live and visual contemporary art practices. Alongside her role as the Program Director for the Fremantle Biennale, she was the former Curator at DADAA, a Creative Producer with Perth Festival (Witness Stand, 2021; Five Short Blasts, 2019) and the Special Projects and Revealed Coordinator at Fremantle Arts Centre. Her most recent projects centre place, water and care. Previously Katherine has worked on independent and collaborative projects, and held positions with institutions including; Artsource, International Art Space, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, the Perth Public Art Foundation, the City of Melville, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Venice Biennale. Katherine works, lives and swims on the lands and waters of the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation.

Corine van Hall – Senior Producer

Corine is a creative producer, curator and director. As Public Art Coordinator for the City of Fremantle, Corine leads the City’s commitment to commissioning innovative public art and is a founding director of the Fremantle Biennale. As a consultant for the WA Government Percent for Art Scheme, Corine works all over the state and directly with many of WA’s contemporary visual artists. She is passionate about fostering the development of the arts in WA and has broad experience across the arts sector, including the Art Gallery of WA, Mark Howlett Foundation and the Tresillian Arts Centre.

Ilona McGuire – Assistant Producer

Ilona McGuire is a proud young Noongar/Kungarakan woman whose ancestry extends from Whadjuk Country to the Fitzmaurice region of the Northern Territory. Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) at Curtin University, Ilona’s artistic direction was inborn with creative family members inspiring her to develop her talents. As a wide reader and humanitarian, Ilona’s artistic process is informed, consultative and accessible. Recurring themes such as cultural identity, spirituality and traditional versus contemporary Indigenous values reflects her own learning journey as a grounded young Indigenous woman in an increasingly ephemeral world. Ilona was the inaugural artist for First Lights and presented Moombaki as part of the 2021 Fremantle Biennale.

Thea Verall – Bookkeeper

Delwyn Everard – Legal Adviser

Delwyn is passionate about the arts and social justice. She provides practical strategic advice to creatives, arts organisations and businesses. Her expertise lies in business governance, business contracts and all forms of intellectual property including Indigenous cultural intellectual property.

BOARD

Pete Stone – Chair

Pete is a Fremantle local with 20 years of arts management, programming and production experience. Pete has a unique understanding and love of Fremantle and how it connects with its local and global community. The role that cross-organisational collaboration can play in unlocking the potential to realise ambitious programming is one of Pete’s driving passions. He is strongly committed to connecting more people to the arts through inviting and challenging programming. Pete’s previous positions include General Manager at Fremantle Arts Centre, Manager of Arts and Culture at the City of Fremantle and Producer at Perth Festival. His current role is Creative Producer, Arts and Culture at the City of Melville. Previous board experience includes terms as board member and President of West Australian Music (WAM). Pete has also worked on contemporary music grant assessment panels for state government funding.

Ariane Palassis – Deputy Chair

Receiving her Masters in Architecture from The University of Western Australia gave Ariane a broad skill base coupled with an appreciation for materiality and the details of construction. While practising, Palassis worked on a wide range of projects, from new residential and commercial developments to conservation works on some of WA’s most important heritage sites. These include Fremantle Prison, Sunset Hospital and the Midland Railway Workshops. In developing her own art practice, Ariane has continued to follow her architectural interest in the analysis of place as a repository of human memory and experience. Being Australian with Greek heritage, the displaced old-world rituals and the value of family mythologies and cultural traditions have played a large role in her work.

Craig Yaxley – Treasurer

Craig is a tax partner with KPMG, with over 30 years’ experience in finance, tax and accounting. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Advisor, and a member of the Board of Taxation. Craig was previously a board member and treasurer of Black Swan State Theatre Company, and is a member of the KPMG Perth Art Committee.

Marcus Holmes – Secretary

Marcus is Principal of law firm Land Equity Legal. Marcus’ key role on the board is assisting with governance, compliance, risk management and developing and reviewing artists’ and sponsors’ contracts. He works with Aboriginal boards on similar work in the Native Title arena, including in development of corporate policies and procedures. Marcus is also involved in working with local government engaging with the Nyoongar native title settlement and Victoria’s proposed treaty.

Craig Peterson

Craig is the founder and managing director of Western Australian building firm, ICS Australia. With 30 years of experience in construction management, Craig brings extensive knowledge of design delivery, risk mitigation, heritage management and solutions-focused build-processes to the Fremantle Biennale board. A Fremantle stalwart, Craig is a strong advocate of contemporary arts, architecture and design – and has been a supporter of numerous community organisations including the Fly By Night Club, The Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, Melanoma WA and Kidney Health Australia.

Harsha Quartermaine

Harsha is the Director of Strategic Seed Marketing and holds a Communications Media Honours Degree from KIAD, Kent University, and a Masters of Marketing from University of Western Australia. She began her career as a semi-abstract fine artist and has extensive marketing experience working with art and design organisations, including the Tate Gallery, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Living and working in Fremantle, Harsha is passionate about supporting and promoting inclusive, contemporary artistic experiences within the community.

Ted Snell

Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Honorary Professor in the School of Arts & Humanities at Edith Cowan University. Over the past three decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Artbank, the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, University Art Museums Australia and as a board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. He is currently Chair of Regional Arts WA and on the boards of ANAT and the Fremantle Biennale. He is a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television, Perth art reviewer for The Australian and is a regular contributor to local and national journals. He has published books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia.

Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward is the Project Director of landscape architecture practice UDLA  based in Fremantle. Throughout his career Peter has been involved in the incorporation of art and public art into built projects. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Lancaster University and his Master of Arts at Sheffield University Faculty of Architectural Studies. Peter sits on the Heritage Council WA Register Committee and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

ADVISORY PANEL

The Advisory group is a panel of experts from across Australia who advise the Fremantle Biennale on matters of artistic, ethical and cultural programming. Our 2022-23 Advisors include:

Hanna Cormick

Hanna Cormick is a Finnish-Australian artist creating across fields of performance art, theatre, dance, curation and crip activism, with a creative ethos that prioritises anti-extractivism, climate justice and access rights. Cormick’s current practice is a reclamation of body through radical visibility. Recent works have featured at Sydney Festival (The Mermaid, 2020), Climate Change Theatre Action (Dream/Remember, 2021; Canary, 2019), as well as online, co-curating virtual festivals (Platform LIVE, 2020; I-Dance 2020/22). Cormick is an Artist Facilitator for Arts House Melbourne’s Makeshift Publics throughout 2021/22. Spanning twenty years, Cormick’s varied practice has also included co-founding interdisciplinary art-science group Last Man To Die, as one half of Parisian cirque-cabaret duo Les Douleurs Exquises, and as a mask artist in France and Indonesia. Cormick is a graduate of Charles Sturt University (Wiradjuri country, Australia) and École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris, France). Cormick currently lives and works on unceded Ngunnawal country. 

Bayoush Demissie

Bayoush Demissie is the founder and director of Aster + Asha Gallery, a Brisbane based online contemporary art platform dedicated to exhibiting emerging artists from across Australia. The gallery has a strong focus on presenting artists that reflect the multiplicity of voices and backgrounds in the Australian community. In addition to its online program, the gallery presents a series of pop-up exhibitions and events. Bayoush has worked in the visual arts sector for well over a decade, with experience in senior roles in Australian commercial galleries, most recently at Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane, and prior to that at Venn Gallery in Perth. She has considerable experience working in the public sphere through previous positions held at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) across areas including exhibitions, public programs, project and event management, fundraising and marketing. She currently sits on the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Gala Committee in Brisbane. 

Xenia Hanusiak

Dr Xenia Hanusiak is an artistic polymath, diplomat, and scholar whose work as a festival director, performer and writer is appreciated by audiences across four continents in festivals and venues ranging from the Beijing Music Festival, Next Wave Festival & National Sawdust (New York), Aarhus Festival (Denmark) to every Australian festival and institution. Her writing for stage includes the play Ward B, the choral work, Un_labelled for the Young Peoples’ Chorus of New York City (co-writer Elena Kats-Chernin), the dramatic monologue, The MsTaken Identity (Boosey & Hawkes), A thousand doors, a thousand windows (Melbourne & Singapore Arts Festival, Venice Biennale), and Earth Songs (Homart Korean Theatre). In her commitment to contemporary exposition, she has contributed to over fifty world or country premieres. As a distinguished critic and cultural writer, she is published by the London Financial Times, the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, AEON Psyche, Classical Voice North America, and Musical America. She is Artistic Director of The Cultural Exchange, a collective that connects cultures through arts and exchange. As a career diplomat Xenia hold positions and advisories for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (Australia). She is a Salzburg Global Fellow, a Churchill Fellow, a University of Edinburgh Global Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (New York) and Peking University. She is currently President, European Union National Institutes for Culture (Australian cluster), and a Board member, Churchill Foundation. She holds a PhD in literature together with several degrees in music and arts. 

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington (Nhanda & Nyoongar Peoples/ Dutch / Scottish) is Curator of the Visual Arts Program at Fremantle Arts Centre. Glenn undertook his formal art training at the School of Contemporary Art, Edith Cowan University, majoring in Printmaking and has worked within the visual arts sector over the last fifteen years as a curator, advisor and advocate for Indigenous Australian artists, and writes frequently for arts publications in Australia and around the world. Prior to taking on his current role, Glenn ran his own arts consulting firm GEE CONSULTANCY, as well as holding curatorial roles at the South Australian Museum, New Museum Project (WA Museum Boola Bardip) and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Glenn’s most recent exhibitions include Undertow (Fremantle Arts Centre, 2022) and nyinalanginy | the gathering (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2021), both of which were presented in association with the Perth Festival. Glenn is a current member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee as well as the preselection committee for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin). 

Jazz Money

Jazz Money is a poet and artist of Wiradjuri heritage, currently based on sovereign Gadigal land. Her poetry has been published widely and reimagined as murals, installations, digital interventions and film. Jazz’s poetry has been recognised with the David Unaipon Award, the Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize, a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship and a First Nations Emerging Career Award from the Australia Council for the Arts. 

Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham is an independent curator and critic renowned for his work with contemporary Australian artists and collections. Most recently, he was the Director of Programs at Carriageworks on Gadigal land, Sydney (2017-2022). Previously, he has held leadership and curatorial roles at Artbank and Hazelhurst Arts Centre, and teaching and research positions at Western Sydney University, where he completed a BA Honours (First Class) in Art History and Criticism in 1997 and a PhD in Cultural Studies in 2004. Specialising primarily as a curator of contemporary Australian art, he has extensive experience working in exhibitions, collections and public art contexts. Notable recent work includes solo exhibitions with Dean Cross, Cherine Fahd, Tina Havelock Stevens and Kuba Dorabialski at Carriageworks; Space YZ at Campbelltown Arts Centre; The National 2019: New Australian Art at Carriageworks; initiating The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship which partnered Carriageworks with ACCA and Mona; and leading the curatorial delivery of a major public art strategy tied to Mirvac’s redevelopment of Sydney’s South Eveleigh with artists Chris Fox, Jonathan Jones and Nell. Since the mid 1990s, his prolific writing has taken the form of artist monographs, catalogue essays, academic papers, articles and reviews. His editing work includes the publications Artlink (2021), Sturgeon (2013-16), and Runway (2009). 

Emma Porteus

Emma holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Honours). She believes deeply in the positive power of art to transform individuals and communities positively. Emma has over 15 years experience working as a performance-maker and producer of dance, community, and festival projects throughout Australia and internationally, including with Vrystaat Festival (South Africa), ANTI Festival (Finland), Sydney Festival (NSW), Dancehouse, FOLA, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Next Wave (Vic), Tracks (NT), Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Tasdance, Ten Days on the Island, Festival of Voices, Junction Arts Festival, and Tasmania Performs (Tas). In her current role as Co-CEO and Creative Director of Assembly 197 and Executive Producer of Situate Art in Festivals, she is really interested in performance and art-making models that connect people and places. She helps artists create and produce tourable live, visual art, and festival events that can be delivered in any community, in any country, to produce rich experiences that speak directly to the place, the people, and the communities who help create it. 

Sarah Rowbottam

Sarah Rowbottam is a Creative Producer born in Boorloo/Perth, based in Naarm/Melbourne. Their practice spans 15 years of curating Festivals, facilitating creative Labs, and producing site-specific and participatory artworks. Much of Sarah’s practice focuses on ways to centralise accessible and inclusive approaches within art making and programming structures. She has a deep appreciation for collaboration and works with artists, community, Elders and people outside of the creative sector to bring life to their visions with respect, curiosity and care. In 2012 Sarah co-founded an independent Festival in WA called Proximity, and curated an annual program which took over different venues in their entirety with intimate performances for an audience of one. This led to international partnerships, mentorship opportunities and supporting over 50 artists nationally to make new participatory works for several years. Sarah is currently Creative Producer at Arts House City of Melbourne where she leads several initiatives including Refuge, a program exploring the collaborative role artists, community and emergency services play in addressing climate emergency, and The Warehouse Residency commissioning program for Deaf and Disabled artists. 

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is the Senior Producer at Performing Lines WA where he works closely with independent artists working across performance disciplines. In April 2020, he returned to Boorloo/Perth after four years at the Australia Council for the Arts as Director – Community Arts and Experimental Arts. He worked closely with artists, organisations and communities across the country promoting artistic bravery, self-determination and brokering opportunities. In addition to his extensive portfolio, Jeremy championed Regional and Remote Australia under the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework and helped develop and deliver key arts and disability initiatives. As the General Manager of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Jeremy loved working within a contemporary arts organisation supporting the development, presentation and commissioning of work by leading interdisciplinary artists. He is a board member of both the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and pvi collective. He has held a range of senior positions in the corporate, not for profit and government sectors in Western Australia, including with DADAA, the AWESOME Festival and ArtsWA / Department of Culture and the Arts. He is a graduate of WAAPA, and worked as a freelance lighting designer, production manager and creative producer in the early stages of his career. As a disabled man, Jeremy is a fierce advocate of celebrating difference and transforming attitudes which ‘other’ people in our community. He also promotes actions to ensure these values are central to our arts, cultural and creative industries. 

CULTURAL ADVISORY PANEL

Ilona McGuire

Ilona McGuire is a proud Whadjuk, Ballardong, Yuat and Kungarakan woman and artist. Her bloodlines run from Whadjuk boodja (country) to the Fitzmaurice region of the Northern Territory. Working primarily in printmaking, painting, and installation, her works often speak to cultural identity, traditional versus contemporary and her own spirituality. More recently, Ilona has worked in drone choreography, sound design and narration. The 2021 Fremantle Biennale opened with her work, Moombaki. Moombaki saw 160 drones take flight to share Whadjuk Dreamtime stories in an immersive experience of light, movement, and sound. Expression through her narration, music, design/choreography and space created a spiritual experience, site-specific and responsive to Whadjuk boodja.

Len Collard

Len Collard is a Whadjuk Nyungar and is a Traditional Owner of the Perth Metropolitan area and surrounding lands, rivers, swamps, mountains ocean and its intangible and tangible cultures. Len has a background in literature and communications and his research interests are in the area of Aboriginal Studies, including Nyungar interpretive histories and Nyungar theoretical and practical research models. Len has conducted research funded by the Australian Research Council, the National Trust of Western Australia, the Western Australian Catholic Schools and the Swan River Trust and many other organisations. Len’s research has allowed the broadening of the understanding of the many unique characteristics of Australia’s Aboriginal people and has contributed enormously to improving the appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Southwest of Australia. Lenʼs ground-breaking theoretical work has put Nyungar cultural research on the local, national and international stages. More recently Len has been recognised by being nominated in the local hero category for Western Australia’s, Australian of the year, 2022.

Aurora Abraham

As a Whadjuk Noongar woman, Aurora maintains deep connections throughout the Noongar nation and wider Aboriginal communities. Her expertise and experience across the arts and Aboriginal health sectors reflects her sense of pride and care in both her professional and personal endeavours. Currently at Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET), Aurora works in Aboriginal Health Training Coordination and Cultural Mentorship. Through supporting health professionals and bridging gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, Aurora is committed to culturally appropriate outcomes. Furthermore, Aurora’s artistic practice is grounded in expression of cultural knowledge, pride, and her love for storytelling. Often exploring themes of culture, family and boodja (land) her artworks have featured throughout Perth. Along with Noongar artist group Deadly Dozen, her public artwork exhibited at Elizabeth Quay in response to her relationship to the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River).

Ezra Jacobs-Smith

Ezra is a Noongar man with connections to Whadjuk, Ballardong, Wilman, Menang, Goreng and Wudjari Noongar boodja. Ezra is an Environmental Engineer and is currently working for the State Government on the State Aboriginal Cultural Centre project. Prior to this role, Ezra was part of the Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond project, and he continues to be involved with the process to acknowledge Wadjemup Rottnest Islands history as an Aboriginal prison. By joining the Fremantle Biennale’s Cultural Advisory Committee, Ezra hopes to support the ongoing celebration and sharing of Aboriginal culture in future programming for the festival.

Walter McGuire Jnr.

Walter McGuire is a descendent of several tribal groups in the Southwest of WA, Walter is a Traditional Owner of Nyoongar Boodjar which includes the Whadjuk lands on which Perth City stands. Walter is a strong advocate and example of self-determination. In 1998, he graduated university with a Bachelor of Applied Science (ACM DP) (Curtin University). He also holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment (2015) and was a lecturer and mentor until he decided to work for himself as hard as he’d worked for others. Walter is now owner/operator of the multi award winning tourism business – Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences – offering authentic experiences to visitors to Perth at a range of locations: Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park, Yagan Square and Rottnest Island. As principal guide and traditional owner of Perth region, Walter is focussed on providing world-class authentic cultural walking tours and experiences to local, interstate, and international visitors alike. With his tourism venture, Walter has literally made it his business to promote and help sustain Aboriginal culture through his city tours, cultural presentations, and advisory service.

Glenys Yarran

Glenys Yarran is a proud Ballardong, Whadjuk, Yued Traditional Owner and Elder. Glenys’ lifelong aspiration is to bring our communities together through culture and the Arts with love, unity, and respect. She has nine children, fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren who are her pride and joy in life. Living in Gosnells for over 25 years, her work as an active member of the Perth community has greatly impacted the conservation of Noongar culture. From 2003-2009, Glenys sat on the board of Directors for South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC). Following this role, from 2009-2020 she worked as the Director of the Ballardong Working Party then as a cultural advisor for the Fremantle Biennale in 2021. Currently, Glenys is Director of the Yunga Foundation which offers cultural awareness and safety training, employment for heritage monitoring and surveillance on country. Her current work in cultural advisory extends throughout the Perth community including Rottnest Island Authority Elders Group, Advisory Cultural and Heritage Committee at SWALSC, Telethon Committee (Nominated Honorary Elder).

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