Creative Climate Leadership Australia 2023: Participants Announced

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We are pleased to share the full applicants list of who will be joining us for the latest Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) programme, and our first in Australia.

What is Creative Climate Leadership?

CCL empowers artists and cultural professionals to take action on the climate and ecological crisis with impact, creativity, and resilience. Participants will deepen their understanding of the climate and ecological crises, understand and develop the role of culture and creativity in responding to these challenges, and emerge with a toolbox of approaches and practical solutions for transformative action.

CCL will be held in Bundanon, New South Wales, from 11 – 16 September 2023. This year’s candidates work in areas as varied as music to ecology and theatre to justice.

We acknowledge the people of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups as the traditional owners of the land on which Bundanon is located. In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

Creative Climate Leadership Australia 2023 – Full List of Participants


Aimee Smith roundelAimee Smith


Aimee Smith is an award winning choreographer and climate change professional working for 20 years at the intersection of these two fields.


Anna Weekes roundelAnna Weekes


Anna Weekes is a parent, activist & artist with a CACD practice, working both in Australia and internationally on arts projects for social and environmental justice

Antonia Seymour
Antonia Seymour roundel


Antonia is the Executive Director of Arts on Tour. She has led on, and is deeply committed to, supporting the transition to environmentally sustainable touring, launching in 2022 the award-winning Green Touring Toolkit.


Ari Fuller


Ari Fuller is Facilities Management Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). With 20 years of invaluable experience at QAGOMA, Ari has emerged as a driving force for museum sustainability practices.


Astrid Edwards roundelAstrid Edwards


Astrid Edwards is a teacher, interviewer and critic. Her PhD at the University of Melbourne investigates potential and perceived barriers to publishing and selling climate fiction in Australia.


Beatrice Jeavons
Bea Jeavons roundel


Beatrice is a Facilitator, Creative Producer and Climate Impact Manager. For the best part of the last decade, Bea has worked with festivals, events, arts organisations and touring musicians to reduce emissions and take action on climate.


Bryony Anderson roundelBryony Anderson


Bryony Anderson has been a maker, designer and creative director of participatory artworks for 26 years, creating high calibre works with salvaged materials for puppetry, performance and exhibition.


Catherine Polcz
Catherine Polcz roundel


Catherine Polcz is a curator and creative producer working across museums and media specialising in climate and the natural world.


Charlie Mgee roundel

Charlie Mgee


Charlie Mgee is a songwriter, ukulele-player, permaculturist and founder of the world-renowned ecological funk/swing band, Formidable Vegetable.


Eliki Reade
Eliki roundel


Eliki Reade is an Interdependent Producer and artist of Kailoma-Fijian (Fijian/European) heritage. Eliki is intrigued by many forms of storytelling and the ways it is creatively embodied, engaging with work that centres the practice, creating critical connection.


Fiona Lee roundelFiona Lee


Fiona Lee is a visual artist and the government relations advisor for Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action (BSCA). A graduate of Newcastle Art School and the University of Newcastle (with class one honours in sculpture), Fiona’s journey merges her art practice with her dedication to climate activism.


Grace Nye-Butler
Grace roundel


Grace is a scientist and stage manager with a unique blend of expertise. Currently pursuing her PhD in social-ecological systems, Grace held a previous career as a stage manager, touring nationally and internationally.


Guy roundelGuy Ritani


Guy Ritani is a proud Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kahungunu & Macnamara takatāpui Māori artist, activist, designer and teacher. Co-founder of PermaQueer, Pacific Climate Warrior & community organiser, Guy’s work is within the growing edge of our systemic ecological relationships to Whenua/Country.


Jen RaeJen Rae roundel


Dr Jen Rae is an award-winning artist-researcher of Canadian Scottish-Métis (Indigenous) descent. Jen’s practice-led expertise is situated at the intersections of art, speculative futures and climate emergency disaster adaptation + resilience.

Juundaal roundelJuundaal Strang-Yettica


A Bundjalung-Kannakan woman and emerging artist, Juundaal is an emerging artist whose work functions within the discomfort of decolonisation frameworks to actively negotiate tensions, investigate strength in vulnerability and contribute to empowering the non-Indigenous and Indigenous relationship in addressing climate crisis.


Kate Scardifield
Kate Scardifield roundel


Dr Kate Scardifield is an artist and researcher. Her practice is cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and focused on charting materials and material systems through states of transformation.


Keg de Souza roundelKeg de Souza


Keg de Souza is an artist of Goan ancestry. Architecturally trained, she creates social and spatial environments, making reference to her lived experiences of squatting and organising with projects that use and food politics, temporary architecture, publishing and radical pedagogy.


kelli mccluskey
kelli roundel


kelli is an artist and co-founder of boorloo based experimental art group, pvi collective. Their work is renowned for being socially engaged and participatory, seeking to empower audiences to step out of their comfort zones.


Na'im roundelNa’im Fine Fine


Na’im is a non-binary disabled queer neurodiverse radical composer, ecologist & sound artist. Their practice, identity & values are indivisible. Their work explores environmental and social justice, & personal experience.


Noemie Huttner-Koros
Noemie roundel


Noemie Huttner-Koros is a performance-maker, writer, dramaturg and community organiser. Their practice is driven by a deep belief in the cultural and civic role of art and in engaging with sites and histories where queer culture, composting and ecological crisis occur.


Pippa roundelPippa Bailey


Pippa Bailey is an independent producer, director and consultant. She is committed connecting artistic practice to plans for fairer future where Climate Justice leads.


Sēini F Taumoepeau
Seini roundel


Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau is a Regenerative Orator & Songwoman, Faivā practitioner (performance of space). Sēini is an inter-disciplinary Artist, Storyteller & Founder of OceaniaX, Pacific Wave & LELEI Wellness.


Tanja Beer roundelTanja Beer


Dr Tanja Beer is an ecological designer and community artist who is passionate about co-creating social gathering spaces that accentuate the interconnectedness of the more-than-human world.


Vika Mana


Vika Mana, is a Torres Strait Islander and Tongan storyteller that takes many forms. They perform poetry, write criticism and breathe life into worlds whilst doing their best to protect this one.

Download Full Participant Bios

CCL offers:

  • An inspiring 5 day programme of leadership and peer-to-peer exchange for 24 talented and motivated participants living and working in Australia.
  • A powerful opportunity to cross collaborate and develop creative ideas in a serene environment.
  • An opportunity to develop and/or scale up cultural leadership on climate action and justice.
  • An impressive network of international CCL alumni.

We are planning a wide range of leadership development programmes this year, if you would like to stay up to date and be notified when other applications for CCL open up, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.


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