Tim Jones is the CEO of Artscape Toronto and a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a provider of artist studios in Toronto to an internationally recognized leader in creative placemaking: leveraging the power of arts and culture to act as a catalyst of change, growth and transformation of place. Tim coined this term in 2006; today, city builders around the world employ creative placemaking strategies to make cities more vibrant, prosperous, sustainable and liveable. With Artscape, Tim has built an impressive portfolio of unique facilities that serve hundreds of thousands of people annually, and which play an important role in advancing the arts and culture, public policy agendas, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions. After acting as mentor and coach to organizations and governments in Canada and abroad for many years, Tim now plays an active development role in markets outside Toronto. Tim has received many awards for his pioneering work. In 2014, he was recognized by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jason Roberts is the Founder and Chair, Better Block Project, USA. He is also the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, founder of the original Better Block Project, co-founder of Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and candidate for US Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization Oak Cliff Transit Authority to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR. Team Better Block was showcased in the US Pavillion at the 2012 Venice Biennale. An entrepreneur by nature, Jason’s latest venture is developing the Exchange House initiative.
Consuelo Cavaniglia is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on how we see and understand space. Taking its cues from film, photography and architecture, her work employs technically simple visual effects to distort perception and unsettle the relationship between viewer and space. The spaces alluded to in the work are illusory and imaginary – spaces of the psyche rather than the concrete world. Currently based in Sydney, Cavaniglia is a Masters of Fine Art candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Art and Languages) from UWA in 1993 and a Bachelor of Art (Art) with Honours from Curtin University in 2002. She has exhibited extensively across Australia in various galleries including Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts 2015; Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, 2014; 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney, 2014; Perth Centre for Photography, 2014; Firstdraft, Sydney, 2013; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, 2013; Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth, 2012; and Linden Arts Centre, Melbourne, 2008. Independent curatorial projects have consistently flanked Cavaniglia’s practice. She has developed a range of exhibitions including a major project involving the presentation of ephemeral artworks in public spaces.
Penny Coss is a highly-regarded mid-career painter based in Western Australia. Informed by the abstract expressionist tradition, Coss’ work interprets her encounters with Western Australia’s natural environment through colour and gesture, most recently incorporating a refined process of staining. Coss was born in Sydney in 1961 and gained a BA and postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts from the University of New South Wales before moving to Perth in 1994. She has subsequently held fourteen solo exhibitions in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Singapore, and participated in numerous group exhibitions across Australia and internationally, as well as undertaking further studies in drawing at St. Martins School of Art, London, and receiving an ArtsWA grant to participate in the 1997 New York School of Art Drawing Marathon, in Adelaide. She has won the Mt. Eyre Vineyards National Art Award, the Kimberly Drawing Prize and the Albany Art Prize, and her work is represented in numerous Australian and international collections including Artbank, Bankwest, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, the Derwent Collection, Edith Cowan University, the Itami Arts and Craft Museum, Kerry Stokes Collection, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Macquarie Bank, Royal Perth Hospital, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, and Wesfarmers Arts.
Paul Collard is CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education, an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people both in and out of formal education. He is an expert in delivering programs that use creativity as driver of social and economic change, and has a particular interest in the role of arts in urban regeneration. Collard joined the British Government’s flagship creative learning program Creative Partnerships in 2005 and played a crucial role in clarifying its purpose and streamlining its delivery in schools. He later led a
relaunch of the programme for around 2,300 schools in England annually, while also assuming responsibility for Find Your Talent, the government’s pilot cultural offer for children and young people. CCE now supports programs in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway and Pakistan, is advising the Scottish and Welsh Governments and the City of Amsterdam on their creative and cultural learning strategies, and has recently provided training for educationalists and creative practitioners in Australia, Estonia, Holland, Korea, Qatar, Sweden, Taiwan and
Vietnam. In 2011 Collard was a recipient of a World Innovation Summit for Education Award, recognising innovative projects that address global educational challenges.
Yuko Fujita began a degree in Japanese literature in Tokyo before moving to Australia to study jewellery at NMIT, and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Gold and Silversmithing) at
RMIT University. In 2010, she exhibited KODAMA – Return to Me at e.g.etal, a major solo exhibition that borrowed from her literary beginnings, using visual language and materials—found wood and objects as well as gold and silver— to tell a story. Fujita’s work has since been exhibited across Australia, in Europe and New Zealand. Fujita’s pieces are realised through a spontaneous
reaction to her materials, which creates outcomes that are never the same, reclaiming found objects as wearable sculptures. She is interested in making contemporary jewellery that interacts with
the wearer. Fujita gives free reign to the interplay between the fundamental qualities of material, texture, shape and colour. She believes that her pieces are completed when a viewer or wearer
communicates with them through their imagination, engaging both physically and emotionally.
Nicky Hepburn is a Melbourne-based jeweller whose work combines a sense of play with a love of diverse and found materials. Hepburn undertook a Diploma of Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT in 1980, before completing a Bachelor of Education in Arts and Crafts at the University of Melbourne, specialising in woodwork and textiles. After spending a number of years teaching, living and making in Ballarat, she returned to Melbourne in 1993, establishing a studio in the CBD from where she has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Australia and internationally, and produced numerous commissions and product ranges. Hepburn’s aesthetic is informed by the collection of objects from the natural environment, and she often uses found materials to create initial studies from which she develops her final work. Her practice is an observation and celebration of cycles and natural growth patterns encountered in the landscape.
Pennie Jagiello completed a Bachelor of Fine Art and Sculpture at VCA, Melbourne in 1995. She has since exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions across Australia, and is currently enrolled
in a Fine Art research Masters of Art at RMIT. Jagiello’s work is influenced by the enduringly powerful mystique of the ocean, and is mostly constructed from discarded telephone wire cables.
The wire gives her work movement and flexibility, reflecting the fragile environment and intense colours of sea life. She also frequently uses re-purposed plastic to create works that are reminiscent of specimens gathered and drawn by early European explorers and naturalists.
Pilar Mata Dupont is an artist based between Western Australia and the Netherlands whose work investigates nationalism, identity, and the psychological triggers of nostalgia. In collaboration with Tarryn Gill, she participated in the Sydney Biennale and won the Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010, and held a ten-year retrospective at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2011. As part of multi-artform collective Hold Your Horses, she made work commissioned by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2012 for the exhibition Wagner 2013: Künstlerpositionen. In 2012 she was a recipient of a Mid-career Fellowship from the Western Australian Government, allowing her to investigate her turbulent family history in Argentina. A survey of her solo video works were shown as part of the CineB Film Festival in Santiago, Chile in late 2013 and her most recent solo exhibition, Kaiho, opened in the Rappu space at the Pori Art Museum, Finland in late 2014. In 2015 she was one of ten nominees for the main prize at the prestigious Spring Exhibition at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Mata Dupont has solo and collaborative work in the collections
of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Campbelltown Arts Centre, University of Western Australia, Artbank, the City of Perth, Queensland Art Gallery and Stadiums Queensland.
Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) form mischer‘traxler studio. Balancing between handcraft and technology, they design objects, furniture, production processes, kinetic or interactive installations and more, thereby focusing on experiments and conceptual thinking within a given context. After graduating from the IMmasters department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration, Katharina and Thomas founded mischer’traxler studio in Vienna in 2009. Their works have been displayed in numerous museums and at international festivals and fairs. Projects by mischer’traxler are to be found in the permanent collections of the Art institute Chicago, the Vitra Design Museum and the MAK Vienna. Their projects have won several awards while as a studio, mischer’traxler was also honoured with the ‘W-hotels designer of the future award’ by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels in 2011 and recently with the ‘Young talent award’ by the Be-open foundation.
Natalia Milosz-Piekarska is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT University in 2008, and a Bachelor in Design Visual Communication at Monash University in 2001. Recent grants include an Australia Council New Works grant in 2013, a 2011 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, and the 2010 British Council ‘Realise Your Dream Award’ which saw her travel to the UK to undertake a six month internship with London jeweler, Scott Wilson. Milsoz-Piekarska has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent shows including: Jewels For A New World, Studio 20/17, Sydney, 2013; Signature Style, Craft Victoria and currently touring regional Victoria, 2013 -2014; TALENTE,
Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, 2011; and Unnatural Acts, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, 2011. Alongside her studio practice, Milsoz-Piekarska also lectures sessionally at RMIT in the Fine Art Department.
Berndnaut Smilde (b.1978, Groningen, Netherlands) creates installations, sculptures and photographs that aim to capture moments of revelation, evoking either hope or fragility. Drawing inspiration from his daily surroundings, his works question duality, conflating inside and outside, or questioning temporality, size, the function of materials and architectural elements. Smilde lives and works in Amsterdam. He holds an MA from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Awards include a start stipend form The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. He was a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2008 and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado in 2015. Smilde’s work resides in both the
Saatchi and the Smithsonian collections among others. Smilde has been written about extensively in international art publications; additionally his Nimbus series was recognised by TIME Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Inventions of 2012”.
Tunisian Karim Jabbari is an abstract calligraphy and lightgraff artist whose work is inspired by old Arabic scriptures. Jabbari’s abstract form of calligraphy uses different patterns, shapes, and colors featuring compositions of classic Kufi and Maghrebi calligraphy and reflect a strong pull towards his North African background as well as an effort to keep dying traditions alive. His lightgraff work articulates his love of Arabic letters, words, and syllables. Using an SLR camera and a flashlight, Karim captures a calligraphy of light that hangs in a space like an artwork. Karim also runs a teaching project; ‘Back To Basics’ focusing on inviting children away from video games and television and back to reading and painting through calligraphy.