Past Desert River Sea Team Members

Philippa Jahn:

Former Indigenous Community Liaison & Project Coordinator (2015 – 2017)

During her role as Indigenous Community Liaison & Project Coordinator, Philippa relished the opportunity to facilitate the partnership between artists and the State Gallery, working to ensure that the diversity of contemporary Kimberley art and the stories behind its production receive the broader recognition and understanding it deserves.

A passionate advocate for Indigenous art, Philippa has been based in the Kimberley for over 10 years, prior to her work for Desert River Sea she has managed art centres at the remote Kalumburu and Ringer Soak communities and engaged in studies on post-settlement art practice of the east Kimberley, as well as investigations in rock art, material culture and social history. Philippa loves the challenges of remote life in the Kimberley’s unique landscape and has enjoyed the warm generosity of many friendships forged during her time there.

Philippa will continue her relationship with the project on a consultancy basis while concurrently continuing her doctoral research into historical and contemporary art practice of the north Kimberley region alongside other commissioned academic writing.

 

Chad Creighton:

Former Indigenous Community Liaison & Project Coordinator (2012 – 2014)

Chad Creighton was Desert River Sea’s inaugural Indigenous Community Liaison & Project Co-ordinator responsible for establishing and developing the project. Through consultation with artists across the Kimberley in 2012 and 2013 he worked with Gallery staff to establish a project that responds to the needs of Kimberley Indigenous artists.

Formerly the Gallery’s first Indigenous Curatorial Intern and Co-ordinator of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award in 2009. He is a Bardi and Nyul Nyul man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Born in Broome in 1982 he lived in the township of Broome and surrounding communities for most of his life.

Chad is now working in a management role at the Kimberley Land Council in Broome where he works closely with traditional owners.

 

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington:

Former Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects and Photography.

In his role as AGWA’s Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects and Photography Glenn Iseger-Pilkington took a lead role during the consultation phase of the Desert River Sea project, and was instrumental in establishing initial contacts between AGWA and the Indigenous Communities in the Kimberley.

He is a member of the Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia and is also of Dutch and Scottish ancestry. He spent the first half of his life living in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, where he developed a strong affinity for to the Country, culture and people of the region. Since 1994 Glenn has lived on Nyoongar Country in the south-west corner of Western Australia.

Glenn is now working in the role of William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Culture at the South Australian Museum.