NEWCASTLE WRITERS FESTIVAL /
11:30AM – 12:30PM, 3rd April, 2022
Presented in partnership with Newcastle Writers Festival and The Lock-Up and the exhibition RADICAL SLOWNESS.
WHERE: NEWCASTLE MUSEUM THEATRETTE
6 WORKSHOP WAY NEWCASTLE NSW 2300
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
ABOUT CLAIRE DUNN
Claire Dunn is a writer and a passionate advocate for rewilding our inner and outer landscapes. She worked for many years as a campaigner for the Wilderness Society and now facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats and contemporary wilderness rites of passage. In 2010, Claire lived in the bush for a year as part of a wilderness survival program, an experience she wrote about in My Year Without Matches. Her most recent book is Rewilding the Urban Soul: Searching for the Wild in the City. Born and raised in the Hunter, she currently lives in Melbourne.
ABOUT ANNA MAY KIRK
Anna May Kirk is an artist, curator and creative producer based in Sydney. As an artist Anna is interested in the representational issue posed by the immaterial and spectral nature of Anthropogenic climate change. Through sculptural glass and sensory installations, she engages the beholder’s body as a sensitive and porous instrument for encountering the magnitude of environmental change
ABOUT IZABELA PLUTA
Izabela Pluta’s studio practice embraces photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Pluta mediates on images with all their potential connections all at once, questioning how things from one place fit into another and speaking to experiences of place in the face of our changing environmental and societal condition.
ABOUT GERRY BOBIEN
Gerry Bobsien is Director, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. She has worked across leadership and curatorial roles at the National Gallery of Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery, and The Lock-Up and provided urban art consultancy services for several organisations. She is a writer contributing to publications on a range of cultural topics from art to surfing and holds a PhD (English)