Curators and Writers

Lisa Byrne

Lisa Byrne has been an independent visual arts curator and writer since 1997. Leadership positions include Director, Monash Faculty Gallery (2006–7); Director/Curator, Canberra Contemporary Art Space (1998–2007); and Assistant Curator Photography, The Australian Centre for Photography (1996–8). Lisa has written numerous published catalogue essays, journal articles, artist interviews and critical reviews. She is currently in PhD candidature in the School of Art, RMIT University. Her project- based research examines the contribution artistic research makes to the generation of new knowledge within an academic context. Lisa has actively contributed to other leading visual art and publishing organisations through mentor roles and board memberships.

Major exhibition projects include Social Capital, Witnessing to Silence, The Great Dividing Range, Blind Spot, Artificially Reconstructed Habitats, Love is Blind II, Burnout, Dimensions Variable, All in an Afternoon, Findings, Double Life, Peripheral and The Stony Rises Project.

Heather Builth

Heather Builth is a landscape archaeologist and anthropologist. Upon the completion of her doctorate in 2002, Heather began work as the Indigenous land manager with Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation to achieve aims based on cultural heritage and ecological management, including gaining an IPA and National Heritage Listing for Budj Bim, or Mount Eccles lava flow. Heather is an adjunct research associate with Monash University, School of Geography and Environmental Science, conducting research into past Gunditjmara land and water management techniques. Heather has recently relocated to Adelaide from southwestern Victoria where she has operated her own business in Cultural Heritage Management since 2004.

Harriet Edquist

Harriet Edquist is professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University. She has published extensively on Australian architecture, art and design, with a particular focus on the twentieth century, and has pioneered studies on émigré architects in Melbourne and the Australian Arts and Crafts movement. Her books include The Culture of Landscape Architecture (1994); Frederick Romberg: The Architecture of Migration 1938–1975 (2000); Harold Desbrowe- Annear: A Life in Architecture (2004); Pioneers of Modernism: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia (2008) and George Baldessin: Paradox and Persuasion (2009). She is currently working on a monograph on Anglo–Australian textile designer Michael O’Connell, which will accompany a retrospective exhibition of his work at Bendigo Art Gallery in 2011.

Harriet is a research leader of the Geoplaced Knowledge Program of RMIT’s Design Research Institute, where she works with a trans-disciplinary team of scholars to examine how the intersection of design and networked media with traditional forms of knowledge can create new design practices, particularly those concerned with the understanding and construction of place. Harriet is also director of the RMIT Design Archives, a facility that is focussed on preserving and researching the heritage of design practices in Melbourne and its region from the twentieth century to the present.

Ross Gibson

Ross Gibson is professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney. As part of his research he makes books, films and art installations and he encourages postgraduate students in similar pursuits. His recent works include the books Seven Versions of an Australian Badland (2002) and The Summer Exercises (2009), the video installation Street X-Rays (2005), the interactive audiovisual environment BYSTANDER (a collaboration with Kate Richards) (2007), and the durational work Conversations II for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.

Laurene Vaughan

Laurene Vaughan is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University and research leader within the RMIT Design Research Institute. Since 2005 she has been project leader and researcher within ACID, the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design. Originally coming from an art and design education background with a major in sculpture, Laurene has built a career as practising artist, designer and educator in Australia and internationally. Within her practice she endeavours to explore and comment on the interactive and situated nature of human experience, particularly the ways in which we create and articulate the experience of place. For the past five years she has been investigating the historical and cultural evolution of vernacular artefacts, their making and their meaning. She enjoys identifying the unexpected within our everyday lives and then re-presenting this through images, words and artefacts.

Edmund Bernard Joyce

Associate Professor Edmund Bernard Joyce is honorary principal fellow at the School of Earth Sciences of The University of Melbourne. Former chair of the Australian Heritage Commission Natural Evaluation Panel (Victoria) and for more than 20 years the convener of the Standing Committee for Geological Heritage of the Geological Society of Australia, he ran heritage workshops and produced the first report on Australian sites of national and international significance, and a volume on geological heritage methodology.

He is currently a member of the National Trust (Victoria) Landscape Committee, working on problems of volcanic landscapes. He co- authored the “Geomorphology” chapter in Geology of Victoria, published in 2003, and is a member and sometime chair of the Victorian Government’s Geomorphological Reference Committee.

Bernie Joyce retired in 1996 after thirty-five years teaching geology and geomorphology at the University of Melbourne, which helped him develop a broad view of southeastern Australia and its geological history. For forty years he has worked on the Newer Volcanics of Victoria, and he is currently studying volcanic landforms of Western Victoria to see what they can tell us about future volcanic eruption risk, and also how best to look after the landscape heritage of the Western Plains, recently declared the Kanawinka UNESCO Global Geopark.

Ruth Pullin

Ruth Pullin completed her PhD, “Eugene von Guérard and the science of landscape painting”, at The University of Melbourne in 2007. She holds the 2009 C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowship at the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales) for research on the collection of von Guérard’s sketchbooks held by the library. She is the guest curator of a major exhibition of von Guérard’s work to open at the National Gallery of Victoria in April 2011. Her work has been published recently in The Journal of New Zealand Art History (2009), the Melbourne Art Journal (2009), The history of geology in the second half of the nineteenth century: the story in Australia and in Victoria, from Selwyn and McCoy to Gregory – 1853–1903, Earth Sciences History Group conference 2007, and Cultivating Australia Felix: The Pastoral Legacy, Australian Garden History Society Conference 30th annual conference papers. In Germany her work on von Guérard has been published in Weltkunst (2001) and in a collection of essays, Landschaft macht Schule. Johann Wilhelm Schirmer 1807–1863, 2010. She studied in Germany in 2001 with the support of the Goethe Institut.