Naomi Riddle is the founding editor of Running Dog. She has written for Guernica Magazine, Oberon, Blonde Art Books, Sydney Review of Books, Das Platforms Online and HTMLgiant among others. Naomi holds a PhD in Australian Literature from the University of New South Wales (2015) and her work on the Australian author Elizabeth Harrower has been published in Southerly.
Susie Anderson is a Wergaia writer and producer based in Sydney. She has performed at and organised literary events in both Melbourne and Sydney, most recently appearing at the 2017 Emerging Writers Festival. In 2016 she completed a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada and was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow in 2014. Selected publications include Runway Magazine, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow and Voiceworks.
Mariam Arcilla is a writer and curator based in Sydney and the Gold Coast. She profiles luminaries in art, design, fashion, and architecture through publications, exhibitions, and experimental programs. She has contributed text to VAULT, ACCLAIM, Runway, Neue Luxury, and Broadsheet. Mariam has collaborated with artists and creative groups on projects that connect makers and thinkers from various fields, including Institute of Modern Art, Liquid Architecture, Home of the Arts, and THE WALLS.
Vanessa Berry is a writer who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of three books, most recently Mirror Sydney, a collection of essays and hand-drawn maps that investigate the city’s marginal places, undercurrents, and the changing urban landscape. It is based on the blog Mirror Sydney which she has been writing since 2012. Vanessa is also the author of two memoirs, Ninety9 and Strawberry Hills Forever, as well as the zine series I am a Camera. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.
Andrew Brooks is a writer, artist, editor, and teacher who lives on unceded Wangal land. He is motivated by an ongoing commitment to study as a practice of everyday life and is interested in the politics of listening, the relationship between infrastructure and inequality, and histories of resistance and survival. He makes texts, exhibitions, events, and meals and is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate.
Carolyn Burns is a writer from Sydney. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney, where she has also taught and published research on adaptation, music and dramaturgy. As a dramatist and poet her work has been shortlisted for the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize, published by Currency Press, and performed as part of youth programs for the Australian Theatre for Young People and the Queensland Theatre Company.
Claire Cao is a freelance writer from Western Sydney. She is a fiction editor for Voiceworks and a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. You can check out her work in The Lifted Brow, SBS Life, Rough Cut and Ibis House.
Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung is an Australian art critic. His writing imagines non-Western and decolonial frameworks for contemporary art. Eugene has written for both print and online publications such as Art+Australia, Art Collector Magazine, Art Almanac and The Saturday Paper. Eugene is a final year law student at The University of Sydney.
John Citizen is part of a collective that considers the relationship between finance, the state and contemporary institutions.
Suzanne Claridge is an emerging arts writer and artist based in Sydney. She has studied abroad in Paris and London and holds a BA in Art Management and Modern History. She is interested in the interplay of contemporary art and culture, including cultural institutions, as sites for historical memory and is currently undertaking a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW.
Matthew Crookes is a writer and artist. Born in the UK, he lived in New Zealand for twelve years, graduating in 2015 with a Doctor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He then lived in Berlin for two years, where he was a fellow at Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik, and was a researcher/administrator for the Berlin Sessions Residency platform. As an artist he has undertaken residencies in Australia (The Lock-Up), Sweden and Germany, and exhibited at Sarah Scout Presents and Abbotsford Convent c3 in Melbourne. As a writer he has contributed to un_, Ocula and the Pantograph Punch, among many others. He is currently based in Newcastle NSW.
Mitchel Cumming is an artist, poet and a founding co-director of KNULP gallery, Sydney. His work, in both written and visual fields, is concerned with peripheral and recessional gestures of aesthetic framing and address. His first collection of poems, Ergo Gnomic (extract), was recently published as part of ‘Primavera 2019: Young Australian Artists.’
Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland, focused on nuclear semiotics and poetry’s potential as warning. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2018 ALS Gold Medal.
Sam Dickson is a writer and researcher based in rural NSW. He has a PhD from the University of Sydney on American Literature and media theory. Sam has written for Senses of Cinema, Sydney Review of Books and 4:3 Film.
Cherine Fahd is an artist, academic and writer working in the field of photography. Her work is represented in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego and the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel. Fahd is a regular contributor to The Conversation amongst other news media. She holds a doctorate from Monash University, Melbourne and is Senior Lecturer in Photography at UTS Design. She is currently a serving member of the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.
Rebecca Gallo is a writer and artist, but if this were an exhibition those terms would be reversed. Either way, one informs the other. Gallo mainly writes about art, and her work has been published in Art + Australia, Vault, Look, Sturgeon, Art Guide and Runway. She was a co-director of Archive_ ARI and editor of online platform Raven Contemporary, which were both good while they lasted (RIP).
Dr Prudence Gibson is an academic, and an art and fiction writer. Her BioArt book Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants was published in 2015. She has published fiction in Antipodes, Eureka Street, Etchings Journal and Blood. She is author of the art book The Rapture of Death (2010) and has had over 300 art essays/articles published in Heat, The Australian, Vogue, Australian Art Collector and Art Monthly etc. Her curated exhibitions are The Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects (2013) and The Pharmacy of Love and Hate, MCA Artbar (2013).
Lily Golightly is an artist and writer based in Sydney. She works between sculpture, textiles, video, painting and writing. She is the co-founder of circle square paper, a friendship project between her and Celeste Stein.
Rory Green is a writer and coder living in Sydney. Their poetry has been published in Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit and Malevolent Soap among others. They have previously worked with Subbed In and National Young Writers Festival to produce events for emerging writers, and are currently an online editor for Voiceworks. Rory’s current project is Otherwise Pokedex, an email newsletter aiming to publish a poem for every Pokemon.
Rebecca Hall is an arts worker who has a background in political philosophy and is presently completing a Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership. She’s interested in collectivity and (re)organising. Rebecca also makes code-poems and public programs as half of (tiny) art collective Two Leaves, alongside Tim Busuttil. For more of that, see @twoleav.es
Abdul Karim Hekmat is a writer, journalist, photographer and curator, and regularly writes on asylum seeker and refugee issues. He has written for the Guardian, The Saturday Paper, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and The Monthly. He won the 2016 Humanitarian Award and was a finalist for the United Nations Media Peace Prize in 2017, and a finalist for the Walkley Freelance of the Year Journalist Award in 2018. He has participated in Sydney Writers Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Holly Isemonger was the joint winner of the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Hip Shifts (If A Leaf Falls Press) and Deluxe Paperweight (Stale Objects dePress). She co-edited Cordite’s DIFFICULT issue and can be found at @hisemonger on Twitter.
Hannah Jenkins is an emerging arts writer and poet with a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership. Their practice considers how the internet and other technologies interact with and inform real life. Hannah’s poetry can be found in Scum Mag and Ibis House, and arts writing can be found in UNSW’s Framework, Junkee and Art Almanac.
Neha Kale is a writer, journalist and cultural critic. She writes features, criticism and essays about art, culture, people and places and her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum, The Saturday Paper, SBS Life, the Guardian, VICE, ABC, Broadsheet and many more. She is the former editor of VAULT magazine.
Paul Kelaita is a researcher and writer based in Sydney. He is completing his PhD on queer art practices in suburban Sydney at the University of Sydney.
Laura La Rosa is a proud Darug woman, originally from Western Sydney, now living on Wurundjeri land. She is Running Dog’s inaugural First Nations Emerging Critic. Laura is the founder of creative collective, Woolf Communications, a writer, producer, and graphic designer. Passionate about grassroots collectivism and storytelling, Laura’s work is focussed on fostering disruptive discourse and the elevation of vital voices through various mediums. Her work has appeared in SBS, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings, The Real, and Eureka Street.
Luke Létourneau is the Coordinator of Kudos Gallery at the University of New South Wales, a board member of Runway Experimental Art Journal and a curator based in Sydney.
Chelsea Lehmann is an artist who primarily works in painting and drawing. She completed a PhD at UNSW Art & Design in 2019, focussing on the ways art conservation imaging practices inform the way we see art and deepen our sense of tactility in relation to painted surfaces. Lehmann maintains an interest in the way figuration is reinvented by artists in response to personal observations in collective contexts. To this end, she occasionally curates exhibitions and writes about art as an adjunct to her practice.
Kathleen Linn is a Sydney-based writer, curator and editor. Her writing has appeared in Runway, un Projects, Vault and Art+Australia online. She has curated exhibitions at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre in Sydney and ANCA in Canberra.
Sarinah Masukor is a writer and moving image maker. She has written and presented for the ABC as well as many local and international contemporary art publications. Current projects include a 21st century remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her.
Rima Martens is an Australian Māori woman that situates human rights at the core of her writing practise. She uses language to celebrate culture and end the narrative of deficit as part of the process of decolonisation. Her poetry and nonfiction has been published in The Quo, Sleep Pile, The Sydney Observer, The Quarry and LOR Journal.
Stella Maynard is a non-fiction writer and (baby)poet who works and lives in Sydney. They were long listed for the 2018 Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction, and are currently studying at the University of New South Wales.
Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and performance artist. She has published five books including Strange Museums, a travel memoir of a performance art tour through Poland. Her latest novel Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year. McGregor writes essays, articles and reviews for a range of publications including RealTime, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and Overland. McGregor’s performance work has been presented internationally. In 2011 she created the multi-disciplinary Water Series at Artspace, a collection of durational and endurance performances with trace installations, as well as video. Recent group shows include ‘Same River Twice’ and ‘Performance Presence/Video Time’ at Australian Experimental Arts Foundation.
Cleo Mees is a creative practice researcher who works across writing, video and dance. She has a keen interest in interdisciplinary and improvised practices, and explored these in a recently completed PhD at Macquarie University. Cleo has written for RealTime Arts, Critical Dialogues and The International Journal of Screendance, and is based in Sydney.
After studying at the Victorian College of The Arts, and the New York Studio School, Tony Mighell has worked in a variety of jobs in buildings and books. He has held positions as a lecturer in painting and as an art installer, and was ‘Manager of Installation’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney for ten years. Since leaving the MCA, Mighell has concentrated on painting, whilst consulting on art installations for various organisations including National Art School Gallery, Australia Council, Biennale of Sydney, Vivid Live, Curators Department, APY Collective, Tai Kwun Cultural Centre Hong Kong and others.
He continues to read widely, paints daily, writes often, mostly on painting.
June Miskell is a Filipino-Australian writer and arts worker living and working on the ancestral lands belonging to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation (Sydney). She is currenting completing her Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) at UNSW Art & Design with a focus on migratory methods of indigenizing and decolonising strategies in Filipinx-Australian diasporic practices. Her previous writing can be found in unExtended, Runway Conversations, Running Dog and Framework.
Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham is a Sydney based curator, writer and artist. Currently he is Director Programs at Carriageworks. Previously, he held roles at Artbank, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Western Sydney University. It was here he completed his undergraduate studies in art history in 1997 and his doctorate in cultural studies in 2004.
Christopher Oakey is a writer, researcher, and poet living in Sydney. He has published on poetics, and has published poetry in several publications including Southerly, Cordite, Contrapasso and Tabula Rasa. He holds a PhD in American literature from the University of New South Wales.
Nadia Odlum is an artist based in Western Sydney. She also writes about art, thinks about art, organises about art, and teaches about art. She is a current artist in residence at Parramatta Artists Studios.
Residing on Gadigal land and working on Dharawal, Dr. Jessica Olivieri’s practice sits at the juncture of visual art, performance, dance and theatre. Specific areas of interest include liveness in a digitally mediated world, the intersection of queer and feminist thinking and contextually responsive curating. Jess is currently the curator of Contemporary Performance at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Nanette Orly is a curator based in Sydney. She is currently Co-Director of artist-run initiative Cold Cuts Projects Space, Board Member of Runway Australian Experimental Art and a participant in the 4A Creative Studio residency.
Tyler Patterson is a writer and filmmaker living in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA. His primary interest lies in experimental narrative forms of film and literature.
As a full-time friend, part-time gallery coordinator, and Runway Journal board member, Audrey Pfister writes, curates, edits, and makes mixtapes. They spend most their time across Gadigal and Thawaral lands.
Lucie Reeves-Smith is an emerging arts writer based in Sydney. A Contemporary Art Specialist at Deutscher and Hackett, Lucie has researched and written about a broad range of Australian and international art. Her writing has also been published in Vault magazine. She holds an MA in Art History from UCL, Belgium. She has worked with various art institutions in Sydney since 2014, including Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and with private art advisory firms Tutela Capital and LoveArt International.
Dr Melinda Reid is a writer and teacher. She currently teaches at the University of New South Wales: Art and Design and University of Technology, Sydney. She lives on the unceded territory of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation.
David Ryan grew up in between things, such as the Irish border. He lives in ambiguity but struggles with writing tbh. Current MCCL student at UNSW Art & Design.
Soo-Min Shim is an arts writer and arts worker living on stolen Gadigal land. She received her Bachelor of Art History and Theory (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and is currently a Director at Firstdraft Gallery 2019-2020. She has written for several Australian and international publications including Art & The Public Sphere, ArtAsiaPacific, The Artling, Art + Australia, Art Almanac, Runway Conversations, un Extended, and Running Dog.
Em Size is interested in laughing and being laughed at, flirting and being flirted with, and loving and being loved. They’re currently trying to bring back Jim Carrey’s arse-related physical comedy in a big (queer) way; write a response to Jordy Rosenberg’s The Daddy Dialectic called The Daddy Diorama; and start a lucrative career writing erotica. If you think any part of this bio is a joke then you obviously haven’t met me, I resent you, and I wholeheartedly (with a wink, a tap of the foot, and a nod to Legally Blonde), object.
Barnaby Smith is a journalist, poet and musician based in northern New South Wales. He writes for Rolling Stone Australia, the ABC, Guardian Australia, The Quietus and the Big Issue, among others, and has published poetry in Best Australian Poems, Southerly, Cordite, FourW, Otoliths, Writ and more, and records music as Brigadoon.
Talia Smith is an artist, curator and sometimes writer from New Zealand, now based in Sydney. She is proudly of Cook Island, Samoan and NZ European heritage. She is the current Chair of Runway Australian Experimental Art and the Founder and Co-Director of Petersham ARI – Cold Cuts.
Emily Stewart is poetry editor at Giramondo Publishing. Her book Knocks was published by Vagabond Press in 2016.
Michael Sun is a writer and designer from Sydney whose work deals with the intersections between technology, film, queerness, and memory. He has written for Guardian Australia, The Monthly, VICE and Overland, and tweets @mlchaelsun.
Formed in 2014, Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks) is a critical art collective that produces installations, video and sound work, texts and talks.
June Tang lives and writes in Sydney. She is interested primarily in hybrid and experimental forms, and the intersection of poetry with other mediums. In 2018 she undertook a Frontyard residency to further explore the relationship between writing and architecture, considering notions of materiality/textuality. She is currently working on a small series of experimental short films.
Genevieve is an independent writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, with a research focus on contemporary art from China and the Asia-Pacific. She has written for various online and print publications including Art + Australia, Photofile and un Magazine.
Amelia Wallin is a curator currently based in Sydney. Amelia’s work centres on commissioning and facilitating artistic exploration across disciplines, as well as interrogating alternative models for institution building. Her recent research and writing examines the crossovers of reproductive and curatorial labour. She has published widely on these topics.
Marcus Whale lives and works on Gadigal land. His work across music, performance and text focuses on the blurry, haunted intersection between desire and religion, often with reference to the poetics of memory and ghostliness.
Emma-Kate Wilson is an emerging critical arts writer based in Sydney. A recent graduate of Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW Art and Design, she has been published in a range of publication and websites such as UNSW’s Framework, The Ladies Network, un Projects, and 107 projects blog.
Amelia Zhou is an arts worker and writer living in Sydney. She also edits non-fiction for Voiceworks. Her interests lie in contemporary dance, the interplay between poetics and the moving body, and performance as a tool for decolonial futurities. Previously published works have appeared in Sydney Morning Herald, Peril Magazine, Ibis House and more.
Eleanor Zurowski is interested in the question of how, why and what we consume. Their work uses text, sound and performance as modes of intervention and methods of futuring. They have contributed to Framework, Rabbit Poetry and Radiophrenia, are currently completing their Honours Degree in Fine Arts, and are involved in the New Age Noise program.