ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES “PICTURES OF YOU” EXHIBITION
John Brookes (exhibition project manager) www.canberrycommunications.com
John has over 25 years in arts marketing in the public, government, commercial and disability charity sectors across the UK, Fiji and Australia.
As a photographer he has worked for the London Police, Royal National Institute of the Blind, Fiji Paralympic Team and Fair Canberra; as well as exhibiting locally since emigrating 10 years ago. He previously won the MENSA British Photographer of the Year and the Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award in 2019. He spent two years with the Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji following Hurricane Winston, documenting relief efforts.
In 2017 John was given three months to live due to organ failure. He reached out to artist Professor John Hyatt of Liverpool John Moore University to paint a memorial portrait, and a bond was formed during this process of creating. Both learnt about themselves in this two-way interaction, leading to the “Pictures of You” project.
John still going five years later and intends to continue for the foreseeable future! He is active in the Canberra arts scene, and his list of events and exhibitions can be found here.
Hilary Wardhaugh (photographer) www.hwp.com.au
More than a photographer, Hilary would consider herself an artist, activist/provocateur, volunteer and creator of community. Hilary’s creative endeavours bring people together in the pursuit of a better world. Her interest involves the human condition: frailty, irony, contradiction and she pursues topical and creative projects to highlight a theme or an issue reflecting these conditions; such as death, dementia, palliative care and climate change.
Hilary has curated many projects involving women and photography; for example, Loud and Luminous and the most recent climate change project, called The #everydayclimatecrisis Visual Petition, which achieved global recognition. Her work has been collected by the National Library of Australia.