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All Presenters


Primary Arts Network thanks all the following for their contribution presenting sessions at one or more of our conferences or workshops.

Deb Mostart

My art practice is 25 years young and involves drawing, painting and lately, some sculpture. I believe in these uncertain days we need to have art that shows us that beauty, grace and truth still exist. I feel I am searching for ways to talk about these themes using gentle, offbeat narratives and a crisp aesthetic.

Dona Spencer

Dona is a Primary Art Specialist and artist-in-residence to many Brisbane schools, she has written Source Book Modules for the Queensland Arts Syllabus and was part of the award winning PANI team in the 2007 Ministers Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Dr David Clever

After a career as a performing musician, David Cleaver undertook a Bachelor of Music Education degree with the Sydney Conservatorium and graduated in 1997 with 1st Class Honours and the Music Education Student of the Year award. After experience as a high school classroom music teacher and band director, David received a scholarship to undertake a PhD with the University of Tasmania.

Dr Elizabeth Mackinlay

Elizabeth Mackinlay (BMus Hons, PhD Music Adelaide, PhD Education Queensland) is a Senior Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland where she teaches Indigenous Studies, Women's Studies and Ethnomusicology. Liz completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology in 1998 and continues her work with Aboriginal women at Borroloola in the Northern Territory of Australia. She also completed a PhD in Education at the University of Queensland in 2003.

Dr Glenda Nalder

Glenda lectures in Visual Art and Media Education in primary, secondary and post-graduate programs offered by School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University (Brisbane and Logan campuses). After graduating from QCA (sculpture), UQ (Art History) and QUT (Teaching) in the 1980s, Glenda taught Visual Art and Film and Television in Education Queensland Secondary Schools before taking leave to work as Program Manager and subsequently Executive Office of Flying Arts whilst completing her MA at Griffith University in the early 1990s.

Dr Mia O'Brien

Dr Mia O'Brien (BEd Hons, PhD Education) is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, where she teaches Arts and Creativity, and Pedagogy (in Primary, Middle Years, & Secondary Teacher Education Programs); and is a consultant in university curriculum, pedagogy, scholarship and teacher professional development. Mia is currently the Vice President of the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Australasian Region, and her research spans both schooling and university settings.

Dr Rowena Riek

Rowena Riek is a Performing Arts teacher with experience in primary, secondary, tertiary as a music and dance specialist. She has been involved in the development and implementation of the classroom music and dance curricula in Queensland schools, the direction and production of musical theatre performances, and instrumental and vocal performances in both schools and community contexts for many years.  Rowena has also worked in the arts industry as a practitioner and researcher and as a tutor and lecturer at QUT and Griffith University.

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