Emily Castle is a writer and educator living in Narrm whose work has appeared in un magazine, New Matilda and Overland. Emily co-founded Brainlina collective in 2015 and also works with Undercurrent Community Education Project.

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

In the final room of the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, held on Ngunnawal-Ngambri Country at the National Gallery of Australia earlier this year, a black dress stands in the corner. At first appearing to be made of coarse black fabric, charred from fire and ragged with holes, it becomes apparent as you approach that the dress is made entirely from kerliggener (bull kelp).

Helen Johnson—Ends

Helen Johnson’s exhibition Ends at New York’s New Museum, consists of six paintings presented in three pairs: Self painting and Death painting (knowledge transfer ghoul); Grandmother painting and Mother painting; Child painting and Faith painting (all 2017). These three pairs establish an emphasis upon duality that is carried throughout a hang, which, like many of Johnson’s exhibitions, presents both the front and back of each canvas.

Kelly Fliedner is a writer and curator who makes podcasts, and writes fiction and art criticism. Recently, she was part of the curatorial team of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale based in Kerala, India. 

Ella Mudie is an arts writer from Sydney with broad interests across the visual arts, literature, architecture and design. In 2015 she received her PhD from the University of New South Wales for an interdisciplinary thesis focused on psychogeography and the novel.

Miriam McGarry is a researcher and writer, based in Hobart.

Hobiennale: Surface World and the Romantic Picturesque

Surface World - ANCA



Lucy Ainsworth is a curator and writer based in Sydney. Her research focuses on the evolving relationship between art and politics specifically through socially engaged projects. Through her curatorial practice, she is interested in rethinking exhibition formats and collaborating with artists who experiment with ‘audience-centred’ work and extend their practice outside the gallery space. Her forthcoming research/curatorial project centres on artist-led socially engaged projects which alter modes for knowledge production and dissemination. In 2016, she participated in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans and in 2018 will undertake a residency at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn.

Brigid is a Melbourne based writer, curator and performer with an interest in humour, feminism and queer art and culture. She has worked with a number of organisations including BLINDSIDE, Fort Delta, The Dirty Dozen (Platform), RMIT Gallery and MIDSUMMA and in 2017 was awarded La Trobe Art Institute’s inaugural Emerging Curator Mentorship.