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Get Down To Earth – Panel Discussion
16th March 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Get Down To Earth Panel Discussion
In the lead up to Earth Day 2023, the Art Space Collective is proud to present a month-long creative program Get Down to Earth!
Kicking off the Get Down to Earth join the ASC for a panel discussion featuring inspiring leaders currently working in the sphere of the environment.
Host Bec Bowman ArtBeat RTR will speak with Shani Graham Ecoburbia, Cass Lynch Creative Writer & Researcher, Brenna Quinlan Illustrator & Educator and Ben Cole Co-founder and Executive Director Wide Open Agriculture and explore how each are making a contribution towards positive change for the planet.
The ASC Bar will be in action and a sausage / veg sizzle with Dirty Clean food
Shani and her partner Tim are from Ecoburbia, a business aimed creating more sustainable and resilient communities. Their work ranges from presenting workshops on good solar house design at local councils, to inspiring corporate executives to introduce a worm farm to the office kitchen. They are aware that developing community is essential to this work, and so make sure there is lots of interaction, fun and play in whatever they are doing.
Shani and Tim’s business Ecoburbia won a Fremantle Chamber of Commerce award in 2011, and a West Australian Best Small Business Environmental award the same year. Shani was the Fremantle Citizen of the Year in 2011. The next year they were honoured to win the Australia wide Banksia Award for Excellence in Small Business.
Discovering that awards made very little difference to her life, Shani stopped applying for them and is content milking goats, talking to her neighbours and tending to her garden.
Cass Lynch is a writer and researcher living in Boorloo/Perth. She has a PhD in Creative Writing that explores Noongar stories that reference the last ice age and the rise in sea level that followed it. Her Noongar language haikus, published in Westerly 64.1, won the 2019 Patricia Hackett Prize. Her short story ‘Split’, a creative impression of deep time Perth, can be found in the UQP publication Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now. She is a descendant of the Noongar people and belongs to the beaches on the south coast of Western Australia.
Ben is a co-founder and Executive Director of Wide Open Agriculture. WOA is Australia’s leading, ASX-listed regenerative food and agriculture company. WOA’s purpose is to reinvent the way we grow, think about, and buy food to create a better future for people and the planet. With a PhD in environmental engineering, Ben has a passion for start-up and growth companies. He believes that for-profit, for-purpose enterprises play a vital role in building an equitable economy and healthy planet.
WOA is the world’s first publicly listed company with a 4 Returns mandate to deliver financial, natural, social and inspirational returns. WOA’s food brand, Dirty Clean Food connects regenerative farmers with conscious food eaters. WOA has a passion for offering conscious food eaters with access to planet healthy diets through its regenerative meat, oat milk and functional lupin protein.
Brenna Quinlan is an illustrator and educator who strives to make the world a better place through her art and her actions. She has ridden a bicycle across the Americas, taught permaculture in Brasil, Chile and Argentina, and is currently building her own strawbale house out of reclaimed materials in Western Australia on Noongar boodjar.