Sunday Salons are a collaboration:
Esther Anatolitis is a writer, facilitator and cultural commentator. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. Esther is a former CEO of Regional Arts Victoria, Melbourne Fringe, SYN Media, Craft Victoria and Express Media, a former facilitator of Independent Convergence, and was a founder of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Esther is Chair of Elbow Room Productions, Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts, and a director of ACMI. For ten years Esther co-curated the Architecture+Philosophy public program with Dr Hélène Frichot, and she teaches into the masters’ design studio program at RMIT Architecture. Neapoli Wine Bar invited Esther to curate a program for Sunday afternoons, and thus the Sunday Salon was born.
A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem Chopra was listed as one of ‘50 Women you Need to Know’ in this year’s Herald Sun International Women’s Day count, following a listing in Latte Magazine’s ‘2016 – Women to Watch’. She has also been listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 most influential ‘Movers and Shakers’ in Melbourne and The Australian Magazine’s ‘Top Ten thinkers’. Through her consultancy, Tasneem tailors sessions across the private and public sector on cultural competence, identity, gender, leadership and intersectional discrimination. When not debating, delivering keynotes or facilitating events for the public and private sector, Tasneem is a Board Director for Ambulance Victoria, the Luke Batty Foundation and Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. She is also the outgoing Chair of Lentil As Anything and former Senior Curator at the Islamic Museum of Australia. A TEDxMelbourne presenter (Don’t Believe the Hype, Exceed it) and writer, Tasneem’s latest paper was the Griffith Journal for Law & Human Dignity’s, ‘Burqas, Bombs and Bogeymen’ highlighting media bias against Australia Muslims. Tasneem has appeared in numerous editorial outlets, including The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald and has featured as a commentator on BBC World, Q&A, The Drum and national radio. Tasneem is co-curating the Spring Season.
Dr Ben Eltham is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism, and was formerly Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts and Education. His research interests include cultural policy, cultural economics, public policy, cultural studies, memory studies and the sociology of culture. A widely-published writer and journalist, Ben is New Matilda‘s National Affairs Correspondent, and writes regularly for a range of publications including Guardian Australia, Crikey, Meanjin and Kill Your Darlings. Ben is a regular commentator on radio for 3RRR. Ben completed a postgraduate honours degree in neuroscience at the University of Queensland. He completed his PhD in cultural policy at the University of Western Sydney’s Institute for Culture and Society. Ben is co-curating the Winter Season.