Nigel Lendon has worked as an artist, art historian and curator in the fields of minimalist and conceptualist art, with a particular interest in the relation between tradition and innovation and a focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. Prior to this project he has focused on the history and theory of Indigenous Australian art. Together with Wally Caruna he curated the landmark National Gallery of Australia exhibition The Painters of the Wagilag Sisters Story : 1937-1997. His place as a key figure in the literature concerning the nature of innovation in Indigenous arts has been established by this and other exhibitions including Abstractions and Synergies (both exhibitions in 2003, with Howard Morphy and others) and other publications including the essay “Innovation and its Meanings” in No Ordinary Place: The Art Of David Malangi (Susan Jenkins, Editor, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, 2005). Associate Professor Lendon is the Associate Head (Postgraduate) of the School of Art at the Australian National University.
Professor Tim Bonyhady’s work in art and cultural history has been widely acclaimed for its depth, breadth and originality. He won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for History in 2001, and was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. His publications include Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801 – 1890 (Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1985), Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth (Sydney, David Ell Press, 1991), Places Worth Keeping: Conservationists, Politics and Law (Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 1993 and The Colonial Earth (Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 2000). He has been a Guest Curator at both the National Library of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Professor Bonyhady is presently the Director of the Centre for Environmental Law at the Australian National University.