|Robyn Archer AO
Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts. She is currently Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra (2013), and Artistic Director of The Light in Winter (which she created for Federation Square, Melbourne). Her selected speeches are published under the title Detritus (UWA Press). She is patron of numerous arts organisations and has received many prestigious arts awards. She is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Officer of the Crown (Belgium) and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (South Australia), and the Universities of Sydney and Canberra. See more at the depArcher lounge.
|Professor Christina Cameron, Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage, University of Montreal
Christina Cameron took up her present position as Professor in the School of Architecture and Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage at the University of Montreal in 2005, where she teaches and directs a research programme on heritage conservation. Her current research focuses on documenting the origins and early implementation of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and examining heritage conservation practice in Canada from 1950 to 2000. Since the 1970s, she has published extensively on Canadian architecture, heritage management and World Heritage. In March 2008 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the country’s highest recognition for public service. Also in 2008, Hostelling International established the World Heritage Youth Award in her name. In 2012 she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada. She is Vice-President of the Advisory Committee for Official Residences of Canada, a board member of Willowbank School for Restoration Arts, a patron of the African World Heritage Fund and Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
|Dr Diana James, Australian National University
Diana James is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the ANU and co-ordinator of the Australian Research Council Project Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert. Diana’s research focus is on the dynamic visual and auditory performance space of cultural heritage communication. Her approach is informed by many years of working with Anangu peoples of the APY Lands who generously share their art, song, story and cultural performance. Increasingly the multi-media tools of recording available to ethnographic and visual anthropological research have enabled a more dynamic exploration of the many cultural expressions of Indigenous kinship to country and holistic sense of place. The current ARC Linkage Project Songlines of the Western Desert with the elders, artists, dancers and singers of the APY, Ngaanyatjarra and Martu Lands is investigating the important cultural heritage of their vibrant oral song cycle tradition.
See also the Seven Sisters Songline websites.
|Sarah Staniforth, Museums and Collections Director, National Trust UK
Sarah Staniforth is the current Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust UK. She trained as conservator and worked at the National Gallery before joining the National Trust in 1985. She became Head Conservator in 2002 and Historic Properties Director in 2005, and she currently manages the sections who advise National Trust properties on archaeology, buildings, collections, gardens and parks. Sarah has served on the Directory Board of the International Council of Museum – Conservation Committee, has been Vice-President of the International Institute for Conservation and Chair of the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation Accreditation Committee. Her current interests include sustainability and the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage. She is the author of Historic Perspectives on Preventive Conservation (Getty Conservation Institute, 2013).
|Tapaya Edwards, Pitjantjatjara dancer & youth ambassador
Tapaya Edwards is a cultural ambassador of the Pitjantjatjara nation. He is a young man of exceptional skill and knowledge of Inma, the song and dance, of the Tjukurpa songlines that traverse the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. From a young age Tapaya showed aptitude and interest in learning the language and rhythm of the long song sagas and his dancing skill delighted his elders. Tapaya was taught Inma of the Maku (witchety grub) by his grandfather at Mimili and his grandmothers at Amata instructed him in the songs and dances of Ngintaka (goanna) and the male role of Wati Nyiru in the Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters ) Inma. As an Indigenous youth ambassador he has represented the APY Lands in national conferences and regularly performs with CARCLEW at festivals in Adelaide and on APY Lands. Tapaya is part of the cultural advisory team to the ARC Songlines Project and was the lead male dancer in the performance of the Seven Sisters Songline at the National Museum of Australia in March 2013.