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Sonic portraits of Australian artists, created by composer Nat Grant.

Latest Episodes

12 - Madeline McGrady

Aunty Madeline McGrady is a proud Gomeroi elder. She made the first film on black deaths in custody, and was the first Indigenous person on the Australian Film Council. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqjE3M4tdWw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ILzy8ELBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0UX--K7IHE

46 MIN1 w ago
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12 - Madeline McGrady

11 - Margret RoadKnight

A performer at the very first National Folk Festival (and many more since then), Margret has sung blues, jazz, gospel, folk, comedy, and social commentary songs in concert halls and cathedrals, clubs and campuses,from Broome to Hobart, Beijing to Memphis, Paris to Auckland,Edinburgh to Tel Aviv, New York to Seoul, Amsterdam to Dublin,New Orleans to London, Vancouver to Nuku'alofa. http://members.iinet.net.au/~margretr/

44 MIN1 w ago
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11 - Margret RoadKnight

10 Sue Nattrass

First female lighting designer in Australia. Stage Manager. Actor. Operations Manager at the Victorian Arts Centre. Artistic Director Melbourne and Adelaide Arts Festivals.

43 MIN1 w ago
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10 Sue Nattrass

9 - Sue Ingleton

Writer, actor, comedian, architect, and celebrant Suzanne Ingletoncomes from a tradition of theatre, sacred ritual and spiritual shamanism. She has created solo and collaborative performance works in Australia and overseas for more than 40 years and is particularly vocal about the constant erasure of women's stories and the work they are required to do consistently to overcome adversity. *language warning on this episode*

61 MINFEB 28
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9 - Sue Ingleton

8 - Liz Jones

Actor and teacher Dr Elizabeth Jones has been the Artistic Director of La Mama Theatre since 1976. For 20 year prior she was a teacher of English, History, Drama, and Politics in Australia and Indonesia. She has worked over many years as an advocate for refugees and First Nation's peoples, and is invested in La Mama being a place of support for minority and independent artists.

42 MINFEB 28
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8 - Liz Jones

7 - Duré Dara

Percussionist, social worker, and Board Member of the Victorian Women's Trust, Duré Dara OAM is Indian by race, Malaysian by birth, and Australian by choice. A proponent of spontaneous and improvised music for more than 40 years, she is well known for her work as a percussionist with the late David Tolley and in the Brian Brown Quintet. She worked alongside Stephanie Alexander in the 1990s and as a social worker before that. She's passionate about women and girls having access to education and opportunities in the arts. *language warning on this episode*

44 MINFEB 28
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7 - Duré Dara

6 - Elizabeth Drake

Classical pianist and composer Elizabeth Drake creates original music for theatre, film, dance, and radio. She was the first woman to win an AFI award for screen composotion, for her score from the 2003 film 'Japanese Story'.

39 MIN2018 JUL 21
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6 - Elizabeth Drake

5 - Shirley McKechnie

Shirley McKechnie is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Shefounded the first tertiary dance course in Australia at Rusden College (Deakin University) in 1975 and has written extensively on dance and dance education. She was a co-founder of the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE), now Ausdance, has been a professorial fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 1987 was awarded an Order of Australia.

44 MIN2018 JUL 21
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5 - Shirley McKechnie

4 - Jo Jo Smith

Born in New Zealand, Jo Jo Smith is a soul singer, songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. She was the first woman to perform at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival in the 1980s. In 2017 she performed 50 show with fellow songwriter Lucy Thorne, celebrating 50 years as a professional performing artist.

35 MIN2018 JUL 21
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4 - Jo Jo Smith

1 - Joyce McGrath

Joyce McGrath is a 92 year old portrait painter. She was the first arts librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and received a Churchilll Fellowship totravel to arts libraries around the world and investigate their collections. Joyce spent years in hospital as a child with tuberculosis - she emerged with a lfelong love of colour, an incredible sense of humour, and enormous passion and drive for the arts.

45 MIN2018 MAR 6
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1 - Joyce McGrath

Latest Episodes

12 - Madeline McGrady

Aunty Madeline McGrady is a proud Gomeroi elder. She made the first film on black deaths in custody, and was the first Indigenous person on the Australian Film Council. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqjE3M4tdWw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ILzy8ELBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0UX--K7IHE

46 MIN1 w ago
Comments
12 - Madeline McGrady

11 - Margret RoadKnight

A performer at the very first National Folk Festival (and many more since then), Margret has sung blues, jazz, gospel, folk, comedy, and social commentary songs in concert halls and cathedrals, clubs and campuses,from Broome to Hobart, Beijing to Memphis, Paris to Auckland,Edinburgh to Tel Aviv, New York to Seoul, Amsterdam to Dublin,New Orleans to London, Vancouver to Nuku'alofa. http://members.iinet.net.au/~margretr/

44 MIN1 w ago
Comments
11 - Margret RoadKnight

10 Sue Nattrass

First female lighting designer in Australia. Stage Manager. Actor. Operations Manager at the Victorian Arts Centre. Artistic Director Melbourne and Adelaide Arts Festivals.

43 MIN1 w ago
Comments
10 Sue Nattrass

9 - Sue Ingleton

Writer, actor, comedian, architect, and celebrant Suzanne Ingletoncomes from a tradition of theatre, sacred ritual and spiritual shamanism. She has created solo and collaborative performance works in Australia and overseas for more than 40 years and is particularly vocal about the constant erasure of women's stories and the work they are required to do consistently to overcome adversity. *language warning on this episode*

61 MINFEB 28
Comments
9 - Sue Ingleton

8 - Liz Jones

Actor and teacher Dr Elizabeth Jones has been the Artistic Director of La Mama Theatre since 1976. For 20 year prior she was a teacher of English, History, Drama, and Politics in Australia and Indonesia. She has worked over many years as an advocate for refugees and First Nation's peoples, and is invested in La Mama being a place of support for minority and independent artists.

42 MINFEB 28
Comments
8 - Liz Jones

7 - Duré Dara

Percussionist, social worker, and Board Member of the Victorian Women's Trust, Duré Dara OAM is Indian by race, Malaysian by birth, and Australian by choice. A proponent of spontaneous and improvised music for more than 40 years, she is well known for her work as a percussionist with the late David Tolley and in the Brian Brown Quintet. She worked alongside Stephanie Alexander in the 1990s and as a social worker before that. She's passionate about women and girls having access to education and opportunities in the arts. *language warning on this episode*

44 MINFEB 28
Comments
7 - Duré Dara

6 - Elizabeth Drake

Classical pianist and composer Elizabeth Drake creates original music for theatre, film, dance, and radio. She was the first woman to win an AFI award for screen composotion, for her score from the 2003 film 'Japanese Story'.

39 MIN2018 JUL 21
Comments
6 - Elizabeth Drake

5 - Shirley McKechnie

Shirley McKechnie is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Shefounded the first tertiary dance course in Australia at Rusden College (Deakin University) in 1975 and has written extensively on dance and dance education. She was a co-founder of the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE), now Ausdance, has been a professorial fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 1987 was awarded an Order of Australia.

44 MIN2018 JUL 21
Comments
5 - Shirley McKechnie

4 - Jo Jo Smith

Born in New Zealand, Jo Jo Smith is a soul singer, songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. She was the first woman to perform at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival in the 1980s. In 2017 she performed 50 show with fellow songwriter Lucy Thorne, celebrating 50 years as a professional performing artist.

35 MIN2018 JUL 21
Comments
4 - Jo Jo Smith

1 - Joyce McGrath

Joyce McGrath is a 92 year old portrait painter. She was the first arts librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and received a Churchilll Fellowship totravel to arts libraries around the world and investigate their collections. Joyce spent years in hospital as a child with tuberculosis - she emerged with a lfelong love of colour, an incredible sense of humour, and enormous passion and drive for the arts.

45 MIN2018 MAR 6
Comments
1 - Joyce McGrath
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