Keynote Speakers

Neil MacGregor OM AO FSA

Writer and broadcaster, former Director of the National Gallery and the British Museum, London, and Founding Director of the Humboldt Forum, Berlin

Neil MacGregor began his career as a lecturer in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Reading in 1975, having studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was editor of the Burlington Magazine from 1981 until 1987. Then, as Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002, he oversaw the opening of the stunning Sainsbury Wing and a complete rehang of the collection. Mr MacGregor raised the profile of the organisation and became a household name in 2000 when he presented the BBC series with the same title as his exhibition Seeing Salvation, which examined images of Christ in Western Art. In 2002, Mr MacGregor became Director of the British Museum until 2015. He was then Chair of the Steering Committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin from 2015 to 2018.

A great communicator, his books, each accompanied by a series of programmes on BBC Radio 4, include ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’, ‘Shakespeare’s Restless World’ and ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK’s highest civil honour. In 2015 he was awarded the Goethe Medal and the German National Prize. In 2018 the radio series ‘Living with the Gods’ received the Sandford Saint Martin Award for Religious Broadcasting.

Mr MacGregor was Founding Director of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin until June 2018. Unifying five independent institutions under its umbrella, the Humboldt Forum was described by The Art Newspaper as “Europe’s most important museum project”. Mr MacGregor’s stated ambition for the Forum was “turning museums that have been for the preserve of the highly educated into a place where the curious can come” could be the mantra for his long and successful stewardship in the arts, publishing and museum world.

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Shaun Angeles

Artwe-kenhe (Men’s) Collection Researcher at the Strehlow Research Centre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Shaun Angeles Penangke is a Kungarakan and Arrernte man who grew up in the central desert lands of his mother in Mparntwe, Alice Springs. He belongs to a long lineage of Kwatye-kenhe and Yerrampe families whose traditional country is centred on Apmere Ayampe and Apmere Alkwepetye to the north of Mparntwe.
He is the Artwe-kenhe (Men’s) Collection Researcher at the Strehlow Research Centre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and has worked in this capacity for the past five years with a very important and highly restricted collection of Central Australian Aboriginal men’s cultural heritage material consisting of sacred artefacts, archival documents, genealogies, and a digitised catalogue of ceremonial film and song recordings. This role involves complex research that relies upon the continuous engagement and consultation with highly knowledgeable senior Aboriginal Elders who are imperative to the wellbeing of this significant collection.
Shaun is a member of the Indigenous Repatriation Program National Advisory Committee, the AIATSIS Return of Cultural Heritage’s Project Advisory Committee, and has recently been appointed a member of the International Council on Archives International Group on Indigenous Archives.


Janet Carding

Director, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

A museum professional for three decades, Janet hails originally from England where she obtained her first degree from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science, and a Masters from the University of London in History of Science and Medicine. Her career in museums began with London’s Science Museum as a curator in the Medical History department. Over the next fifteen years she held a variety of positions there, including playing a leading role in the building of the Wellcome Wing extension in 2000, and culminating in taking responsibility for planning and major projects across the Science Museum Group’s various sites as a member of the senior management team.

In 2004 Janet became Assistant Director, Public Programs & Operations with the Australian Museum, Sydney – one of the country’s pre-eminent museums of nature and culture. In this role, Janet led the Museum’s exhibitions, websites, and public programs in natural history, science and culture and was a leading contributor to the Museum’s Revitalization Project. Janet spent six years at the Australian Museum and became an Australian citizen during her time there.

In 2010 Janet was appointed Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), one of Canada’s leading museums with encyclopedic collections in natural history and world cultures. The first woman appointed to the position, under her leadership the ROM broadened its audience, created new formats such as the innovative Friday Night Live for young adults, and raised the profile of the ROM’s important research – which was previously often hidden behind the scenes – through digital, social media and program initiatives. In 2014, Janet led the ROM’s year-long Centennial celebrations as the Museum marked 100 years of connecting visitors to one another and to their world.

In April 2015 Janet returned to Australia to take up her current role as Director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart. TMAG is Tasmania’s leading natural, cultural and heritage organization. It is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium that safeguards the physical evidence of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, and the cultural identity of Tasmanians. Since her arrival Janet has led the development of a new strategic plan and commenced its delivery. Over the last three years successful projects such as Pattern Play, Tempest, kanalaritija and the TMAG Children’s Festival have seen TMAG reestablish itself as a cultural hub for Tasmanians, and a key tourist destination.

Since her return, Janet has also taken up a number of voluntary roles within the Australian cultural sector, including Vice-Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors; President of the Tasmanian branch of Museums Galleries Australia; and Board member of the Festival of Voices.


John Carty

Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide

John Carty is the Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide. He is also a board member of the National Commission for UNESCO. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal custodians throughout Australia on art, history, museum and heritage projects. Some of his recent books include Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation (2015) Desert Lake: art, science and stories from Paruku (2014) and Ngaanyatjarra: art of the Lands (2012). He has curated several major exhibitions with Aboriginal custodians, including Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia (2017) and Yiwarra Kuju: the Canning Stock Route (2010). His practice at the South Australian Museum focuses on exploring cross-cultural approaches to custodianship, repatriation and interpretation in cultural institutions.

Presenting with:

Jacinta Koolmatrie

Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri woman, South Australian Museum

Jacinta Koolmatrie is an Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri woman. She recently completed her archaeology masters thesis focusing on the importance of Indigenous perspectives, ethics and knowledge in research. She is currently in the Pathways program at the South Australian Museum where she has had the chance to be involved in creating the Ivarityi Trail that was displayed during NAIDOC week 2018.
Jacinta aims to educate the non-Indigenous public about Indigenous history and knowledge. In the future she hopes to encourage the younger generation of Indigenous people to be proud of their Indigenous heritage through learning about their histories and knowledge’s.

Jade Turner

Arrernte woman, South Australia Museum

Jade is an Arrernte woman. She is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Archaeology at Flinders University. She has been an employee at the South Australia Museum since 2017, and was co-curator of the 2018 exhibition Milerum and Me: The Art of Jacob Stengl.

Jade has a strong interest in contemporary Indigenous archaeology and Aboriginal health issues. From a museum viewpoint, Jade has particular focus on projects that highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living culture and experience.

Alec Coles

CEO of the Western Australian Museum

Alec Coles has been CEO of the Western Australian Museum since 2010: the State’s museum with branches in Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany.
He was previously Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in North East England for eight years. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, a wildlife conservation charity in North East England.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia, an Executive Member of the Council for Australasian Museum Directors, a Board member of the Australian Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Chair of International Council of Museums (ICOM) Australia.
He is committed to developing and demonstrating the public value of museums.
He is currently driving Western Australia’s initiative of a new State Museum and aspires to create a museum that is owned and valued by all West Australians and admired by the world.
In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for Services to Museums.
In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of Western Australia in recognition of his contribution to the Arts.


Patrick Dodson*

Senator for Western Australia & Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize.
Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Prior to his endorsement by the Australian Labor Party as a Western Australian Senator in March 2016, Patrick was a member of the ANU Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Broome) and Co-Chair of the National Referendum Council.
Patrick Dodson is currently the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018.

*In person or video presentation subject to 2019 Federal Election commitments


Simon Elliott

Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Simon is the Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Vice-President of the national museum industry peak body Australian Museums and Galleries Association. Previously, he held the role of Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Services at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for 14 years. Prior to employment at the NGA, Simon was Assistant Director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra, for seven years.

Having been born in Brisbane, Simon commenced his museum career at the Queensland Art Gallery for 13 years and with the art collection at Griffith University. His employment has spanned professional roles in local, State and Commonwealth museums, supported by a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).


Benjamin Erin

Station Manager, 8CCC Community Radio

Benjamin has lived and worked in Mparntwe since 2013 and has been putting roots into its vibrant creative community. With a background in community organising and independent media Benjamin’s inquiries into volunteer presenting at 8CCC Community Radio led to his role as Station Manager. Also sitting on the board of Red Hot Arts Benjamin is interested in the intersections between Media, Art and Museums- and the impact of digital transformation on these spaces.

Clare Fisher

Manager of the Alice Springs Public Library

Clare stumbled into libraries by accident at the age of 19 and fell so much in love with the industry that she’s now spent a further 19 years dedicated to public libraries in Queensland and the NT. Itchy feet led her to the dusty, vibrant town of Alice Springs in 2016 and she now manages the Alice Springs Public Library, a beautifully chaotic establishment that fills a very special role for its local community as a learning hub, meeting place, slice of history, play zone and recreational space for its varied and multicultural customers.



Mikaela Jade

CEO and Founder of Indigital

Mikaela Jade’s company Indigital work to develop innovative new ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. She has a background in environmental biology. Her signature mobile and hololens app, Indigital Storytelling, uses drones, 4D mapping software, image recognition technology and cultural law to bring the world’s cultural sites alive through augmented and mixed reality. Indigital works with some of the most remote Peoples’ on earth using cutting edge digital technologies to translate cultural knowledge within their communities; showcase their cultural heritage to their visitors in compelling ways; and create jobs from the digital economy.

Mikaela is a United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues delegate, Tribal Link Alumni (New York), and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mikaela recently joined Microsoft Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board. She is the winner of several national awards including the InStyle Women of Style Award, Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, and the University of Technology Alumni Award for Indigenous Australian of the Year. She is her happiest in a tent in the bush surrounded by her family.

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Terri Janke

Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns. She is the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, a unique Australian law firm specialising in intellectual property and business law. Terri brings together a unique blend of legal, commercial and Indigenous experience. Her law firm has operated since 2000 and has a diverse client base including leading Indigenous organisations, Australian companies and government and international agencies. Terri advises on legal matters including incorporation, joint venture, procurement, governance, employment and engagement. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and has written the leading protocols and ICIP models in the film, arts and museum and archival sector.

Terri is a board director with over 20 years’ experience on boards, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a council member of the State Library of NSW and a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Terri is a recipient of prestigious awards such as NAIDOC indigenous Person of the Year 2011, National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year 2012 and the AFR Women of Influence 2013 (Business Entrepreneur). She is a valued mentor, accredited mediator, governance advisor and a prolific author.


Jane Lydon

Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, The University of Western Australia

Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her work in partnership with European museums and Aboriginal communities has produced a website portal that provides access to historical photograph collections at: Most recently she has co-edited (with Lyndall Ryan) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (NewSouth, 2018), and edited Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing, 2018) which examines the cultural impact of the framework of human rights through visual culture:


Donna Oxenham

Researcher, State Library of Western Australia

Donna Oxenham is a Yamajti woman and a descendant of the Malgana people of Shark Bay in the northwest of Western Australia.

Donna has worked with Indigenous people, groups and organisations throughout Western Australia, and the broader Australian Indigenous community, particularly within the field of arts, history, cultural heritage and native title. Of particular significance, Donna was employed by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia from 2000-2002 to facilitate the digitisation, restoration and repatriation of Indigenous photographic collections. Donna was able to continue her work with Indigenous photographic collections through her work on the Australian Research Council funded, Returning Photos Project from 2009 through to 2017, also based at the University of Western Australia. This project facilitated the return of Indigenous photographic collections from four European institutions back to Indigenous communities around Australia.

Through her positions, tertiary studies and her research fellowship, Donna has gained considerable experience working with the community on projects involving Indigenous photographic archives, families and communities.


Mandy Paul

Director, Migration Museum

Mandy Paul is Director of the Migration Museum, a museum of the History Trust of South Australia. She also has responsibility for leading research and collections across the History Trust. Understanding and sharing complex and contested histories has been a thread running through her career as an historian and curator. She has worked as an historian on native title claims in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, as a curator in museums in the United Kingdom and Australia, and as a consultant. Mandy holds postgraduate qualifications in history and museum studies and has published widely on Australian social history, museology, and the intersection of history and law in native title.


Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty (b.1973) lives and works in the Southern Highlands NSW, Australia. Widely known for his thick, gestural oil paintings, Ben has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. His works often serve as a reflection of social and political events; from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of our country, he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and

Ben’s work has been exhibited in a number of significant national and international exhibitions including ‘Show Me Your Sexy Urbanity Fotos’, Hohenstrausenstr, Frankfurt, Germany (2004); ‘Truth and Likeness’ National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2006); ‘Together in Harmony for 50 Years: Linking Australian and Korean Arts’, Korea Cultural Exchange Centre, Seoul, Korea (2011); ‘Trigger-Happy: Ben Quilty’s Brave New World’, Drill Hall Gallery Australian National University (2013); ‘Dark Heart’ Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2014); ‘Panorama’ Tarrawarra Art Museum (2016); ‘Painting. More Painting’ Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2016); ‘When Silence Falls’, Art Gallery of NSW (2016); ‘Charles’ Insitu, Kurfurstenstrasse, Berlin (2016); ‘Mad Love’ at Arndt Art Agency (A3), Berlin (2017) and the’ NGV Triennial’ (2017).

In 2011 the Australian War Memorial commissioned Ben to travel to Afghanistan as Australia’s official war artist. The resulting body of work exhibited at the National Art School Gallery in 2013 received critical acclaim and went on to tour art galleries across Australia up until 2016. In 2014 he was selected as the overall winner of the Prudential Eye Award, Singapore and invited to become the first Australian to hold a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London (2014). He is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.


Luke Scholes

Curator of Aboriginal Art, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Luke Scholes is Curator of Aboriginal Art at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as a travelling field officer and later as Assistant Manager at Papunya Tula Artists. In 2008 he worked for Martumili Artists in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. During 2010–11 he was Project Officer, Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 2017 Scholes co-curated the exhibition Tjungunutja: from having come together with a number of senior Luritja, Warlpiri and Pintupi men. This exhibition won a number of national awards and will tour to Alice Springs in 2019. Since 2016 he has been the curator of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards (NATSIAA).

Luke has contributed to many books, journals and magazines including: Beyond Sacred: Australian Aboriginal Art, the Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty; Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art; No Boundaries: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Abstraction from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection and Art & Australia. He also edited the publication Tjungunutja: from having come together to which he also contributed a major essay.

Presenting with:

Bobby West Tjupurrula

Born in the bush at Tjammu Tjammu, east of where the Kiwirrkura Community now stands, Bobby West Tjupurrula is the son of founding Papunya artist Freddy West Tjakamarra. Tjupurrula and his extended family group migrated from the ancestral homeland to Papunya in August 1963 after encountering a Northern Territory Welfare Branch Patrol. Since the passing of his father in 1994, Tjupurrula assumed the mantle as a strong leader and advocate for the Kiwirrkura community and its people. He served as Chairman of the Kiwirrkura Council for over a decade during the 1990s and has been a long-term board member and chairperson of Papunya Tula Artists. Tjupurrula started painting regularly in the early 1990s and has since participated in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. In August 2000, Tjupurrula participated in the formation of a large ceremonial ground painting to mark the opening of Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He also attended the Icons of the Desert exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, NY, USA in 2009. Bobby has acted as a consultant on many exhibitions and projects, most notably for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, which opened in Melbourne in 2011 prior to travelling to the Musee du Quay Branly, Paris in 2012. In 2012, Anderson was engaged as a consultant by the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority to determine the suitability of the MAGNT collection of early Papunya Paintings for public display. In 2014, Tjupurrula began his role as a curator of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory exhibition Tjungunutja: from having come together.

Matthew Pinta Tjapangati

 Matthew is the eldest son of the esteemed Pintupi artist Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka. Born in Papunya in 1961, Matthew was a Director of Papunya Tula Artists in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and Chair in 2014. Matthew was a consultant on the exhibition Tjungunutja: from having together and plays an active role in hosting visitors in the Western Desert regions of Central Australia.

Dr Mathew Trinca

Director of the National Museum of Australia and Co-Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group

Dr Mathew Trinca is the Director of the National Museum of Australia and Co-Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group.

Under Dr Trinca’s leadership, the National Museum has developed strongly engaged national and international programs that focus on bringing alive the stories of Australia for audiences around the country and overseas. The Museum has partnerships and programs with a range of cultural institutions abroad, including organisations in Singapore, China, Japan, Vietnam, France and the United Kingdom.

Mathew’s interests span the 20th century history of Australia, with a focus on the social and cultural relationships between Britain and Australia. He also has a professional interest in the historical and contemporary links between Australia and Asia. His publications include contributions to debates on museum theory and practice, the history of Australian travel to the United Kingdom, on convictism in Western Australia, and on that State’s constitutional history. He has also co-edited two books, Country: Visions of Land and People in Western Australia and Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during World War II.


Keir Winesmith

Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design and principal at Winesmith Digital Studio

Keir Winesmith currently wears three hats. He’s Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design, and Principal at Winesmith Digital Studio. He recently returned to Sydney after 5 years as the Head of Web + Digital and then Director of Digital Experience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Prior to SFMOMA, he led the digital efforts of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and worked at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). He’s produced and collaborated on award winning projects that blend digital and culture in Australia, Europe and the US and has been appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, BBC, ABC, Radio New Zealand, WIRED magazine and many others. In 2018 he was named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for his work in this area.

Professor Winesmith frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of digital, culture and place, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum Computer Network.