I.C.E. is delighted to announce that on 24 August, Hannah Donnelly started as Producer, First Nations Programs. Hannah is a Wiradjuri curator, writer and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. Winner of the National Indigenous Story Award in 2018, most recently she was Head Curator of Aboriginal Programs at Carriageworks. Hannah worked as a producer on Next Wave Festival 2018 and Laukatim Solwara AsiaTOPA 2017. Performing regularly as DJ SOVTRAX, she curated First Nations events and playlists, and hosted a feature segment on PBS Radio. She is currently a participant of the Australia Council’s 2020 Custodianship program and chief editor of BLACKLIGHT, a new Sweatshop anthology of First Nations storytelling.
This morning, Hannah was announced as one of the four curators on the Curatorium working with Colombian Artistic Director, José Roca for 23rd Biennale of Sydney. Roca’s work is heavily influenced by the relationship between art and nature and the 23rd Biennale of Sydney will have a strong focus on sustainability and collaboration.
I.C.E. will be a curatorial partner for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, alongside other leading art institutions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) and Artspace Sydney. Hannah will spearhead collaborative projects between the Biennale of Sydney and I.C.E. working closely with local First Nations communities and Traditional Custodians in Parramatta. Hannah’s curatorial process includes deep collaboration and cultural care within projects and she will apply this process to her work with both I.C.E. and the Biennale of Sydney.
Hannah will work closely with board member and Dharug Traditional Custodian and Knowledge Holder, Julie Clarke-Jones (Webb), and I.C.E.’s Dharug Knowledge Holders Group to develop new projects in collaboration with other organisations and First Nations artists with a particular focus on intergenerational programming and cross disciplinary artforms.
I.C.E. is excited to work with Hannah in the crucial role, Producer, First Nations Programs and thrilled about our partnership role in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.
Photo: Snehargho Gosh, Portraits Insitu (Hannah Donnelly), 2018