First Nations choreographer and dancer
Amrita Hepi is an award winning first nations choreographer and dancer from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngapuhi (NZ) territories. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. Her practice at present is interested in probing ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’ – and questioning where this now resides.
An artist with a broad following and reach her work has taken various forms (film, performance, sculpture, text, lecture, participatory installation) but always begins from working with the body as a point of archive, memory and resistance. She is a member of the Western Australian Dance Company OCHRES and has worked with Victoria Chiu, Marrugeku, Melanie Lane & Amos Gerbrahnt, Bhenji Ra and Force Majeure. In 2018 she was the recipient of the people’s choice award for the Keir Choreographic award and was named one of Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30.
Founder and principal, T R I A S
Jennifer is a director of TRIAS, an emerging architecture studio based in Sydney. Since its establishment in 2016, TRIAS has quickly developed a reputation for thoughtful and thorough design work.
TRIAS has completed projects across Australia and the UK and has received recognition in numerous local and international competitions and awards programs. In 2017, the studio was named one of the world’s top twenty emerging architecture practices by Wallpaper* magazine.
Jennifer is also a passionate writer and architectural advocate. She has written for many local publications and was the South East Asian Correspondent for the Danish Architecture Centre. She has also created content for blogs, publications and radio programs. She is currently teaching within the Masters program at the University of Sydney, and co-chairs the Sydney Small Practice Forum.
SONIA VAN DE HAAR
Sonia van de Haar is an artist and colour design specialist working in the built environment. She founded her colour studio Lymesmith in 2011.
With a deep understanding of how colour, space and form interact, Lymesmith works with architects, designers and private clients to realise the colour potential within their projects. From innovative material palettes, to painted installations for large-scale public infrastructure, Lymesmith’s work can be enjoyed in parks, universities, restaurants, homes, city laneways, at the pool and even in the public toilets at Australia’s most iconic beach.
Each Lymesmith project has developed in response to its particular conditions and context. I have no absolute manifesto with regards to architectural polychromy. I aim to understand the architecture and the site, and with a painters eye, bring them into a harmony that exceeds the sum of parts.”