Dale Kentwell has been a practicing artist working across different media since completing an art certificate in 1984 at Seaforth College of Tafe, Seaforth NSW. She went on to complete her BA Visual Arts at City Art Institute, Paddington, NSW in 1988 and is currently undertaking her MA Visual Arts at COFA, ( now UNSW Art and Design ). Over this time the Artist has studied bush regeneration and bush land management and continues to work in this field.
The artist has had 10 solo shows, venues including Manly and Albury Regional Galleries and has been involved in approx 27 group shows including a finalist for the Portia Geach at the SH Irwin Gallery, Sydney on three occasions. The Artist has traveled extensively throughout Australia, culminating in her book " Mum Speaking Latin with a Singlet Tan." 2009 published by Interactive publications.
Kentwells' art practice has been informed by environmental ideas and conservation. She believes artists have a responsibility and a perfect platform to introduce meaningful dialog to a larger audience.
"My art practice has paralleled my interest in the environment. My role as an artist is that of storyteller, and in this role my work has has been concerned primarily with reparation and regeneration. Righting wrongs. I play with environmental and social issues and through my work I want to promote the beauty and fragility of our natural areas and their importance for not only humanity but their habitat value as well".
Sally Mayman has been a photographer since the 1980's working professionally in London and Australia while also maintaining her own personal work. To further this she is beginning a MA Visual Arts at COFA in 2015.
Mayman has specialised in photographing people and landscapes with many clients from corporate, editorial and government organisations. During the last six years she has also taught photography in schools for the Moran Arts Foundation, delighting in the opportunity to share her passion with the next generation.
Her personal work is about people, country, connections as well as sharing knowledge and stories. This has taken her through numerous countries in Africa and South America as well as many parts of Australia.
Mayman first exhibited in 1992 with a collection of beach portraits from Sydney's Manly area along with landscapes from the remote southern tip of Tasmania. Following this were exhibitions of work from Africa and Guyana in South America where Mayman worked with the Youth organisation Raliegh International. Mayman has been involved in 22 group shows and been awarded several gold industry awards as well as being a finalist in Australian and international photographic competitions.
Saltwater Country was a unique project, also the beginning of a journey of understanding that Mayman hopes she can inspire others to join.