Ian Wilkes & Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Ian Wilkes

Ian Wilkes is a Noongar theatre-maker, dancer and performer. He has directed several plays including Yirra Yaakin’s Boodjar Kaatijin and Songbird and performed numerous lead roles including in Yirra Yaakin’s Hecate and Ochre’s Kwongan for Perth Festival, CO3’s The Line at State Theatre WA and Honey Spot at the Sydney Opera House.

Ian is also a founding facilitator of Culture 2.0, Yirra Yaakin’s regional youth engagement program. He was a facilitating artist on Community Arts Network’s Burdiya Mob project and a Performer and Cultural Consultant on Beyond Empathy’s Excursions Project.

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is a new media artist and producer. Projects Poppy’s worked on have been
presented at London International Festival of Theatre, MCA in Sydney, MCA Chengdu in China, Japan Media Arts Festival, ImagineNATIVE in Canada, and Ars Electronica in Austria. She won the Fremantle Print Award in 2002 and the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for young leaders in
Community Cultural Development in 2010.

As a producer, she has managed independent project budgets of 100K and program budgets up to 250K for organisations such as Community Arts Network. In 2018 the Same Drum cross-cultural project she produced independently was externally evaluated by DADAA Ltd and demonstrated increases in participants’ sense of belonging, self-esteem and ongoing participation in arts and in the wider community.

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