Hear from photographer Sophie Howarth, actor Kylie Bracknell and associate and urban strategist at Grimshaw’s Sydney studio, Amalia Mayor; NEED from their perspective.
Associate and Urban StrategistAmalia is an Associate and Urban Strategist
Amalia is an Associate and Urban Strategist at Grimshaw’s Sydney studio, and parallel to this, an artist and educator fascinated by the intersection of architecture, urbanism, visual art, culture and landscape. Her work and research is principally focused on the strategic planning of urban and social infrastructure, and is grounded in the fortune and experience of living and working in some of the world’s most vibrant urban centres. Amalia is currently leading a Strategic Masterplan for the Sydney Opera House and Bennelong Point Precinct.
ActressKylie Bracknell (formerly Kylie Farmer) [Kaarljilba Kaardn]
Kylie Bracknell (formerly Kylie Farmer) [Kaarljilba Kaardn] is an Aboriginal Australian actress, voice-over artist, TV presenter, writer and theatre director from the south west of Western Australia – the Nyungar nation. As an actress, Kylie has appeared in television programs such as The Gods Of Wheat Street (ABC) and Redfern Now (ABC), films including Ace Of Spades, Stone Bros and Sa Black Thing and theatre productions The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The White Divers Of Broome, The Sapphires, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, One Day in ‘67, King Hit and Aliwa. Kylie directed Windmill Baby as ‘Associate Artist’ at Belvoir Street Theatre and served as assistant director on The Business (Belvoir), Beautiful One Day (Ilbijerri and Belvoir) and Amy Goes To Wadjemup (short film). She was also co-artistic director for the large scale Welcome To Country event as a part of the 2006 Perth International Arts Festival. Kylie co-wrote the short film Main Actors (ABC, 2006) and has translated selected Shakespearean sonnets into the Nyungar language for a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as part of their ‘Globe to Globe’ festival (2012). Her voice can be heard on shows such as Little J and Big Cuz (NITV) and feature film Mystery Road, as well as various radio commercials and advertisements. Kylie hosts the children’s television program Waabiny Time (NITV) and is a past presenter of the Marngrook Footy Show (NITV). She also delivered a TEDx talk in Manly (2014), raising awareness about Indigenous languages in Australia, and was a guest panelist on ABC’s Q&A ‘Shakespeare special’ (2016). Kylie has coordinated and managed a variety of theatre, film and television, and radio industry programs. She was Program Manager of the Media and Screen Industry Indigenous Employment Program for Screen Australia, and Program Manager of the Indigenous Department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She returns to the stage at Sydney Theatre Company this year, performing in their upcoming production of Black is the New White.
PhotographerSophie Howarth crosses an observational documentary style
Sophie Howarth crosses an observational documentary style of photography with art. ‘I like the way I can use photography to tell a story. The feeling that was infused in the picture at the moment it was taken, embellishes the story. This is the art of photography for me’. Taking her audience on a journey through scenes and portraits of the familiar or unfamiliar there exists a universal feeling within her images. Sophie’s formal study in fine arts at the National Art School, Sydney kicked off her career in photography and ongoing love of the medium. Sophie has specialised in Music Photography and has had the opportunity to photograph some of the world’s most important musicians, festival and tours. Her book ‘Peace Love and Brown Rice A Photographic History of the Big Day Out’ published of her time on the road with the event, as official photographer, has sold over 8,000 copies. Her work has been published in books, album artwork, magazines, advertising campaigns and exhibited in private galleries and public spaces. She is currently in pre production for her book ‘Soaring The Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia’ which is a study of reverie experienced in the festival environment.