Sarah Andrewartha is a scientist with a passion for the arts. She trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at several dance schools in Melbourne. Sarah was a member of Young Dancers Company in Melbourne from 2007-2008 and a member of Drill in Hobart from 2015-2016. Sarah loves food, hiking and spending time in our beautiful wilderness. She hopes future generations can share what we have.
Andrea Breen is a composer and multi-media artist. She recently collaborated with composer-musicians Anne Norman and Emily Sheppard to perform music inspired by experiences in the Tarkine. Andrea studied violin and viola in Brisbane and Melbourne and at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, and completed a BMus Honours in composition at UNE. Her creative interest lies in responding to lived experience and nature through sound, poetry, art and dance. Improvisation, relationship with land and womenʼs creativity were explored in her PhD (UTas 2000). She has launched several sound installations and composed music for dance productions including for CoreDance Contemporary, New York (2014), and with Glen Murray for the Adelaide Fringe (2015).
Tullia Chung-Tilley is a passionate school teacher. Movement has been a large part of her existence, from cultural dance styles to commercial repertoire. She thrives on being involved in creative dance endeavours for community engagement. She began contemporary dance in year eleven and has a background in gymnastics, springboard diving and trampolining. Her choreographic work varies from classroom settings and dance studios to fitness centres and youth and community groups. Over the past eight years Tullia has worked with schools in the Clarence Plains (Hobart) area and Kununurra (WA) as a dance teacher, facilitator and creative producer (Firelight (2016), Strings Attached (2015), Healthy World, Healthy Being & Our Family Tree (2014), Water and Peaces of My Life (2013).
Emma Miley was born in Hobart and attended classical dance from an early age, culminating in five years of formal study in dance and movement at the Victorian College of the Arts. While continuing to maintain a strong interest in dance she has integrated her formal training in dance into her highly regarded and diverse yoga practice and teaching which takes her throughout Australia and New Zealand. Emmaʼs yoga practice embodies her passion and respect for the environment. She often conducts yoga retreats in pristine and threatened environments, such as in the Tarkine in North Western Tasmania.
Arwen Dyer is a Tasmanian-based nature photographer. She has recently completed a residency in Lofoten Norway (supported by an Arts Tasmania grant) and in 2015 was an artist-in-residence in Karamea, New Zealand and, in 2014, on Flinders Island. Arwenʼs book Luminosity – Star, Sky & Sea was released in 2015. Arwenʼs exhibitions include: a retrospective at Find Your Feet Wilderness Gallery, a joint show with Wolfgang Glowacki at Jugglers Artspace (Brisbane) and at MIECAT Gallery (Melbourne), and a collaboration at the Side Space Gallery with sound artist Andrea Breen, plus various group shows including Tarkine in Motion, Island Light and Wild Island Galleryʼs Tasmanian Landscape Photography Awards. Arwen has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy.
Emily Sheppard resides in Hobart, Tasmania. Trained at the Australian National Academy of Music, Emily now makes ends meet by performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO2), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and touring regularly with her ensemble, Eureka Ensemble, embarking on notorious trips to the far reaches of Australia, performing and educating. They have a special interest in curating unconventional, novel and intimate performance experiences. She is a keen improviser, constantly pushing the boundaries of conventional violin techniques and discovering new sounds. She has recently formed a new duo ‘Enso’ with Anne Norman, shakuhahchi player extraordinaire, incorporating improvisation and influences from traditional Zen shakuhachi meditations. Another improvising collective she is part of is ‘Nelipot’; a group of musicians, dancers/choreographers and a photographer passionate about raising understanding and empathy for the natural environment. A keen supporter of new music, she has premiered over 15 new works for violin by Australian composers. Also a composer herself, her latest work ‘Aftermath’ appears on a recent duo CD with Michael Kieran Harvey, ‘Portrait of Bob Brown’. She has a love and wonder for the natural environment and is currently completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science at UTAS. When not playing music, she likes dancing to it and when she’s had enough of that she goes bike riding.
Pema Choo is a yoga teacher primarily but is expanding herself within multiple disciplines of the arts including movement, sculpture and music. Her endeavours typically hold high regard for the environment and sustainability as she is passionate about creative activism through various expressions. Pema creates sculpture using predominantly natural materials and upcycled objects to portray her messages and has been a part of projects such as the Tarkine in Motion.
Robert Flehr studied Dance Performance at the Queensland University of Technology. Robert has been working professionally as an independent and collaborative dance artist for the last four years. He is a diverse performer with training in varied disciplines including contemporary dance, circus and samba. Since moving to Tasmania in August last year, Robert has been drawing on much of the local history and European folklore in Hobart to inspire his dance practice.
Andrei Nikulinsky is a composer and musician and producer of electronic music. Favouring the bass guitar as a tool for the construction of vast, ambient soundscapes, he also has upcoming international techno and psychedelic-trance releases. Andrei is currently recording and mixing a demo album for the local singer/songwriter Isabel Quigley and collaborating with a variety of other musicians on various musical projects.
Deva OʼWheel is a visual artist and costume designer with an extensive career in the circus and theatre industry. She studied Costume for Performance and Visual Arts in Lismore (NSW). These studies have led her to integrating costume, installation and performance with a love of textiles and up-cycling. She is passionate about sustainable clothing and creates up-cycled and original clothing under her eco fashion label Altered State Clothing.