culture counsel

The Culture Counsel is the advisory body of Creative cowboy films in the arts and sciences. The counsel is composed of leading international figures in the arts and sciences and you can learn about their work and their cultures in the pages of our website.
Counsel members are
  • Arahmaiani Indonesia-Yogyakarta
  • Yann Follain Singapore, France-Paris
  • Christopher Green England-London
  • Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin Australia, Russia, Turkey, USA
  • Andrea Hylands England, Iran, Australia, Japan
  • Peter Hylands England, Austria, Australia, Japan
  • Anurendra Jegadeva Malaysia, India, Australia
  • Sid Bruce Short Joe Australia-Cape York
  • Maya Australia
  • Keibo Oiwa Japan, USA
  • Emmanuel Parsimei Maasailand, Rift Valley, Kenya
  • Alex Schweder USA-New York
  • Wukir Suryadi Indonesia-Yogyakarta
  • Alick Tipoti Zenadh Kes-Badu
  • Wukun Wanambi East Arnhem Land
Counsel member profiles

Arahmaiani Indonesia-Yogyakarta

One of the most influential artists within the development of Indonesian contemporary art, Arahmaiani is an active voice for the marginalised and repressed in society. Her installations, performances, paintings, essays and video art are significantly shaped by the need to produce a new social consciousness based on her research of social, political and cultural issues. 

Arahmaiani’s performances are internationally recognized and her work has been exhibited in significant solo and group shows around the world since the early 1980s. Her work was celebrated in an important retrospective, “Slow Down Bro..!” at the Jogja National Museum in 2008.

Other group and solo exhibitions include MOCA, Beijing (2011), Biennale Jogja 11, Yogyakarta (2011); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2011); Sydney Festival (2010); Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta (2009); Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta (2008); Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin (2008); J&Z Gallery, Shenzhen (2007); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007); Jim Thompson Art Centre, Bangkok (2006); INTOENNE Festival, Austria (2005) and the Venice Biennale (2003).

January 2017: One of three nominees for the USA / Singapore Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art. The award was established in 2015 as an award to recognise Southeast Asian curators or artists who are “actively committed to the ideals of liberty and freedom of expression, and through their work, continually seeks to express these ideals.”

Recent exhibitions include:

  • 2014 Fertility of The Mind (solo show) Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York
  • 2014 Concept, Context, Contestation BACC, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2014 New Frontier Prologue Exhibition of the Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii, USA
  • 2016 When things fall apart, Critical voices on radar Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark - 11 February to 23 October
  • 2016 Arahmaiani - Shadows of the past Tyler Rollins Fine Art - 15 September to 29 October
  • Arahmaiani is represented by Tyler Rollins Fine Art in New York and Equator Art Projects in Singapore

Recent performances include:

  • 2013 Memory of Nature Art Stage, Singapore
  • 2013 Violence No More Equator Art Projects, Singapore
  • 2013 Violence No More Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Chicago, USA
  • 2013 Making Space, Body as Woman Performance Art Festival, Singapore
  • 2014 Warm Zone Project Reach, New York, USA
  • 2015 Flag Project Haus am Dom, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2015 Shadow of the Past Gothenburg, Sweden

Yann Follain Singapore and France-Paris

Yann is the founder of WY-TO pte ltd in Singapore and co-founder of WY-TO architects in Paris with Pauline Gaudry. Yann runs the Singapore studio working in disciplines that include exhibition and gallery design as well as tropical sustainable architecture.

Projects in Singapore include the National Gallery Singapore, as a project coordinator and team leader during the design phase within studioMilou Singapore, and subsequently as lead exhibition and graphic designer for the permanent collections (WY-TO and Gallagher & Associates Asia).

Yann and his multi-displinary design team in Singapore have designed a series of exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum Singapore including their new permanent exhibition Future World: Where Art meets Science; Essential Eames; Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb (with the British Museum); Outside/in (Magnum photo exhibition & Photo Lab) and Andy Warhol: 15 minutes eternal. 

Since residing in Singapore, Yann has been the curator for the Fifty Years of Singapore Design permanent exhibition at the National Design Centre in 2015, Architectural Associate Partner of ArtStage 2013, Exhibition art director of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Singapore Architecture Festival Archifest, guest lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic School of Design and Hwa Hshia University in Taipei in 2014, currently adjunct teacher at the Glasgow School of Art in Interior Architecture since 2013, Associate member of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) since 2013 and now a member of the Advisory & Commissioning Panel for the Public Art Trust at the National Art Council.

2017: Yann Follain and Pauline Gaudry, WY-TO, selected Laureates of Europe 40 under 40 for 2016 by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Christopher Green England-London

Christopher Green is a writer and performer whose work covers comedy, cabaret, theatre and live art. Christopher is a multi-faceted artist on BBC Radio 4, and plays many different characters of his invention including country music singer Tina C and pensioner rapper Ida Barr and the Singing Hypnotist.

In 2004 Christopher was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment for "Duckie's C’est Barbican!"

A constant traveller, back in London Christopher has been commissioned to create events for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the Barbican Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Southbank Centre. In 2012 he was the first artist in residence at the British Library.  This research resulted in his book Overpowered: The Science & Showbiz of Hypnosis, published in 2015.

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin Australia, Russia, Turkey, USA

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA established the academic discipline of Art History at the Australian National University and until December 2013 was the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History and Head of Art History at the ANU in Canberra.  Professor Grishin studied art history at the universities of Melbourne, Moscow, London and Oxford and has served several terms as visiting scholar at Harvard University. 

He works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator.  In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian art and art history and in 2008 was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. 

He has published twenty-five books and over two thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art.  In 2014 his massive Australian Art: A history was published by Melbourne University Publishing and in 2015 were published his monographs on John Wolseley (Thames and Hudson), Inge King (Macmillan) and S.T. Gill (National Library of Australia). 

Andrea Hylands England, Iran, Australia, Japan

Andrea Hylands is a visual artist in multimedia and in two and three dimensions. Andrea is represented in many public and private collections around the world including collections in China, Korea, UK, USA, Taiwan, Australia, Italy, Holland, Germany, France and Japan and is an elected member of the UNESCO official partner, the IAC, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Her work has received many awards including best contemporary film, Ateliers d’art de France, FIFAV Montpellier, 2010; Gold Medal, Faenza, Italy 2005 and the
 Grand Prix, Vallauris, France 1992. Since 2005 awards from the digital world include from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (New York); Government of Madhya Pradesh, India, European web awards and as a finalist for the United Nations Association (UNAA) online media awards.

Andrea Hylands is a founding director of Creative cowboy films, a company that makes films about art, culture and nature internationally. Her photography and cinematography are used extensively in Creative cowboy documentaries, blogs and magazines.

Peter Hylands England, Austria, Australia, Japan

Peter Hylands is a European publisher, film producer, writer and conservationist. He is a co-founder of Creative cowboy films. For more than 25 years he was a senior executive with the British media company Pearson Plc, working in England and then internationally for Pearson companies leaving the United Kingdom in 1974. Peter travels the world and his blogs and writing are featured on the Creative cowboy films website.

Peter is a judge of the US web awards.

Anurendra Jegadeva Malaysia, India, Australia

Anurendra Jegaeva is regarded as one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists for his intense socio-political works that are poetic yet provocative. Anurendra Jegadeva is a narrative artist, a painter of stories. He believes in the enduring power of the painted image, and has worked consistently to forge an effective narrative approach to contemporary and historical themes.

Currently based in both Malaysia and Australia, his works are a personal response to or experience of his subject - whether the post-colonial realities of multi-cultural Malaysia, Asian immigrant life in Australia or the war in Iraq on his TV screen, weaving an autobiographical layer into the complex reality he seeks to capture. Through his art he examines the ironies contemporary life and probes the issue of cultural integration vis-à-vis the fusion of modern and traditional values. In the process Anurendra Jegadeva employs panoply of narrative tools - recurring motifs, colour symbolism, the framing devices of temple carvers and stain-glass makers and comic book artists - the vocabulary of a multifarious existence.

Anurendra Jegadeva’s insightful, often searingly honest works can be seen on the walls of the National Art Gallery and Galeri Petronas in Malaysia and the Singapore Art Museum in Singapore. His work is collected internationally by private collectors and public galleries.

Sid Bruce Short Joe Australia-Cape York

Sid Bruce Short Joe’s Tribe is Wik-liyanh, his traditional country is North East and inland of Pormpuraaw. Sid Bruce Short Joe speaks nine indigenous languages and English. He grew up in Pormpuraaw and learned Thayorre, the indigenous language of the traditional owners. As a teenager Sid Bruce Short Joe lived among his great grandmother’s people, the Kugu and learned their languages.

Sid Bruce Short Joe’s prints, paintings and ghost net sculptures celebrate his rich culture and personal wisdom. The artworks are a bridge from “my people’s way” to the outside world.

Sid Bruce Short Joe’s traditional saltwater totem is the Bull Shark and his freshwater totem is the Blue Tongue Lizard”.  He has been the main inspiration for the publication of two books Pormpuraaw Totems and Pormpuraaw Art and Culture, published by the Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre.

Sid Bruce Short Joe runs the black court, the Aboriginal elders administer their own court which is separate from the Queensland magistrate court. He is welcome at the campfires of many different tribes because he can speak their languages and respects their laws. Many Aboriginal people call him the peacemaker and it takes great courage and the caring for his people to take on these roles.

The Australia Museum, Sydney, NSW has recently purchased a ghost net sculpture by Sid Bruce Short Joe titled Mundha or Shovel Nose Ray. The Australia Museum and the Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre have produced a documentary about Crocodile sorcery, Sid Bruce Short Joe is the main storyteller and director. June 2017: Sid travels to Paris to attend the Pormpuraaw artist’s exhibition Australia: the defence of the oceans at L’Aquarium de Paris. The exhibition features 28 monumental sculptures made from the discarded fishing nets or ghost nets which travel the oceans exacting a huge toll on wildlife. The exhibition travels from the Paris Aquarium, then Geneva, then UN New York, then Kluge-Ruhe. Visit to Europe includes private diner with Prince Albert of Monaco.

2017 United Nations Building, New York, Talk on pollution in our oceans and everything that mankind is doing wrong to Mother Nature.

“When I was a boy, the sawfish and shovel-nose ray were plentiful, but our cultural fish and ancestral beings are disappearing under the pressures of overfishing, ghost nets, mining and pollution.”

Like many Aboriginal people on Cape York in North Queensland, Australia, Sid Bruce Short Joe no longer lives on his land, his tribe long since displaced from their lands, now a cattle station.

Sid Bruce Short Joe’s working days as an artist are centred on the Pormpuraaw Art Centre where the settlement’s artists gather each day to paint their canvases or to make sculptures from found and purchased materials. The Aboriginal rangers bring in the ghost nets washed up in the mangroves or on the beaches. The grim detritus of humanity, now given new purpose through art making.

Maya Australia

Maya is Creative cowboy films' culture counsel nextgen ambassador.

Maya is a singer-songwriter, composer and musician. She began writing her own songs in 2013. Her work is influenced by soul, pop, R&B and contemporary classical soundtracks.

Maya has performed with Battle of the Bands (2013), private parties, musical theatre, open mics, has featured at the Harcourt Christmas Carols (2015) and performed at the Castlemaine Fringe Festival ‘Breakout’ (2016).

Maya is currently studying Music Style & Composition with DECV.

Maya cares about the environment, animal and human rights and is concerned with equality and fairness for all. She is passionate about living a Vegan and sustainable lifestyle. Maya is a voice of the younger generation who is making us aware of how everyday life actions contribute to the effect of climate change and its impact on the planet.  

Keibo Oiwa Japan, USA

Professor Keibo Oiwa (Japanese pen name: Tsuji Shin'ichi 辻信一) is a cultural anthropologist, author, translator, environmental activist, and public speaker.

Keibo lived in North America for sixteen years and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University. Since 1992, he has taught in the International Studies Department of Meiji Gakuin University.

The founder of the Sloth Club, an ecology and “Slow Life” NGO, he gives lectures and workshops on social and environmental issues. Keibo is the author or editor of over 20 books in Japanese, including Slow is Beautiful: Culture as Slowness and Yukkuri de Iindayo (“It’s Okay to be Slow”). His books in English include The Other Japan (co-authored by David Suzuki and originally published in Canada and Australia as The Japan We Never Knew) and Rowing the Eternal Sea. 

Emmanuel Parsimei Maasailand, Rift Valley, Kenya

Emmanuel is a director of Maasai Community Concern and Networking (MACCONET) based in the Ngong Hills in Kenya.

Emmanuel is the narrator of the six film series Film essays of Maasai life

  1. Women at work and women at home

  2. Enkang life

  3. Changing times

  4. Food and celebration

  5. Keeping knowledge

  6. Birds sing and lions roar

MACCONET is a community-based organization established to improve the living standards of the pastoral Maasai people and neighbouring communities. Emmanuel has set MACCONET some significant goals and these include achieving equity in education, improving health, and reducing levels of HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental sustainability, conserving culture, promoting gender equality and the economic empowerment of women, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, the conservation of wildlife in the region and fostering responsible ecotourism.

Alex Schweder USA-New York

Alex Schweder coined the term “Performance Architecture” to describe his projects that explore how people and the environments they occupy construct one another. His exhibitions include, “Counterweight Roommate” upcoming at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, “Antarctopia” at the 2014 Venice Biennale, “In Orbit” at the Pierogi Boiler in Brooklyn, “Wall to Wall Floor To Ceiling” at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, “Performance Architecture” at the 2013 Moscow Biennial, “The Real and Other Fictions” at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Biennial, “Draft Urbanism” at the Biennial of the Americas, “Practise Architecture” at Tate Britain, “A Sac of Rooms All Day Long” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Roomograph” at the deCordova Museum, and “The Rise and fall” in the 2012 Marrakesh Biennial.

Both The Pollack Krasner Foundation and the Graham Foundation have funded Alex Schweder’s projects and he has been an artist in residence at the Kohler Company, the Chinati Foundation, and The American Academy in Rome as the 2005-6 Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture.


September 2017: Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley will be exhibiting a video of ReActor at the Schlachthaus in Berlin as part of the 'We All Love Art' exhibition. 

October 2017 to 22 April 2018: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will be presenting the latest collaboration between Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley: Your Turn, an architectural environment that shapes the two occupants’ behaviour. 

November 2017: For Performa 17, New York City Biennial, Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley will present The Newcomers, a nomadic architectural installation and durational performance that resonates with contemporary social anxieties.

June 2017: Edward Cella Art & Architecture Gallery in Los Angeles, Alex will be offering 'Architectural Advice for Performative Renovations' - one-off consultations to collaboratively design a "performative renovation" of people's homes.

Alex Schweder is the author of “Performance Architecture”.

Wukir Suryadi Indonesia-Yogyakarta

Wukir Suryadi is a maker of instruments, composer and musician with a growing global practice and international following. His work is a fusion of ancient Javanese tradition with contemporary and experimental music practice. His composition is informed by the rich cultural heritage of Java.

Like Arahmaiani, Wukir Suryadi studied and built his skills in the theatre and this gave him the art of live performance. He is one of the most compelling and exciting experimental musicians working today. Wukir is a member of Senyawa with fellow musician Rully Shabara.

Alick Tipoti Zenadh Kes-Badu

Alick Tipoti is one of a new generation of Torres Strait cultural leaders. After a turbulent colonial period that removed much that was Melanesian heritage and tradition from the islands of the Torres Strait, Alick has been a determined warrior in strengthening culture once more.

“Language stands in the middle, art branches off from that, performing art, dance, song, any practice in life from our Melanesian culture branches off of that.”

Mask maker, sculptor, carver and performer, Alick has become an artist of international acclaim. Alick translates and interprets images of his spiritual ancestors and their totems. His works are about the symbols and meaning of his culture, depicting the land, the sea and the sky of the Torres Strait, created by using traditional Melanesian patterns. The works may be accompanied by powerful performances of chants, dance and song.

He was the first Torres Strait islander to be selected for the Biennale of Sydney (18th) in 2012 and recent performance venues include the British Museum (Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisations). Recent exhibitions and performances include Taba Naba and Australia: Defending the Oceans - At the heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait island art at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

2016 major artwork covering the roof of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

2017 Badu Gili – Indigenous art projection on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Alick lives on Badu Island in the Torres Strait and speaks Kala Lagaw Ya fluently, encouraging young Torres Strait islanders (mid-western) to learn to speak his precious language.

  • Tribe: Badhu, Wakaydh, Argan
  • Totem: Koedal (Crocodile), Thupmul (File Ray)
  • Wind: Naygay (North East) Sager (South East)
  • Stars: Zugubaw Baydham (Shark Star Constellation to the North)
  • Country: Badu Island, Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) Melanesia

Wukun Wanambi – Yolngu, Marrakulu Clan, East Arnhem Land

Projects include Sydney Opera House commission, the opening of the National Museum of Australia, the Saltwater bark protest (the barks are now in the permanent collection of the National Maritime Museum of Australia), the Wukidi ceremony in the Darwin Supreme Court and exhibitions at the British Museum.

Wukun is internationally famous for his Larrakitj, the hollow log coffins made from stringy-bark trees.

Wukun’s early paintings emerged in 1997 from the Saltwater protest regarding an illegal Barramundi fishing camp and the shocking discovery of a severed head of a saltwater crocodile when the camp was searched, and so it was that the fight for sea rights was invigorated. In a series of 80 paintings on bark, now in the National Maritime Museum of Australia collection, Wukun’s contribution included Bamurrungu, a bark painting of the sacred white domed rock in Trial Bay. The subject had not been painted since his father, Mithili, had painted it many years before. Wukun was assisted by the knowledge of djunggayi, these are the elder men who teach the younger men their lore and how to paint designs. These relationships and the knowledge acquired by Wukun allowed him to paint saltwater designs.

A recent participant in the Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation exhibition, Wukun visited London in 2015, where he met Prince Charles.

“There is a difference between a normal museum and an overseas museum. I feel manymak (good) sharing Yolŋu madayin (sacred Law) into English culture. England has sacred objects from other cultures. I want England to understand that we have a Law.”

Wukun has contributed to the films Lonely Boy Richard, The Pilot’s Funeral and Dhakiyarr versus the King.

Web matters 2017

In March Creative cowboy films were recognised as Honorees in the USA’s Web Awards (Webby Awards), and voted by industry peers in the top eight Internet channels and networks, public service and activism, from all 50 US states and from 70 countries around the world.

In November Creative cowboy films wins European web awards (Lovies) for its Brexit blogs.


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Creative cowboy films, a global new media broadcaster in film and publishing, with viewers around the globe, make documentaries and publish blogs, e-books and e-magazines about art and culture and nature. We work in some of the remotest places on earth and with some of the world’s most significant artists.

We work with Indigenous peoples in areas of justice, equality and the preservation of diversity, telling their stories through art and the environment.

Andrea and Peter Hylands are founding directors of Creative cowboy films.