...who bring their stories and works to Meraki
Mike is an advocate for social inclusion. He's a key figure in the disability services movement, and currently sits on 5 management committees. He is also the Brisbane coordinator of Luke14, a CBM initiative that helps churches become more accessible for people with disabilities.
"I love buying books; especially theology, philosophy, psychology, etc. I'm a people's person, a people watcher. I love a joke, and love music, especially jazz. I firmly believe that positive change for people with disabilities is absolutely necessary, and is possible!"
Hannaka is an impetuous artist. One who is found in ever-changing and evolving forms, who never was quite able to separate philosophical thought or the practice of living from the practice of art-making. She is a singer/songwriter, composer, sound-artist, poet, graphic designer, installation and performance artist, curator and painter.
In 2014 Hannaka released 2 EPs, one as a folk-singer entitled The Colour of War. The other is a collaboration for her experimental vocal project, The Feather Collector, titled Ereshkigal.
Nadia Waters is an artist based in Armidale, NSW.
She studied Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Her works combine art, science, and nature.
"For me, expression through drawing and painting gives me a deeper respect and love for nature. I believe that nature is teacher. It evokes a sense of wonder, provides infinite stimulus for creativity, and enriches life. My creativity is a process of exploring my own sensory experience in response to our environment. The natural world will forever continue to surprise, intrigue and inspire my imagination."
Paul W. Rankin is a filmmaker and video artist based in Brisbane, Australia.
His work has screened in Australia, Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Serbia, and USA.