Rachel Shields is a descendant of the Weilwan and Gamilaroi peoples of North Western New South Wales.
Rachel says "I acknowledge all elements within me and pay respect to my ancestors, and to the ancestors of all people who walk the Earth today".
Rachel is a storyteller and a musician. She presented her story Yuluwurri Gaayli - Rainbow Child in both language and in English.
The story tells of how there is a song of love in all things, how the Rainbow Serpent travels throughout the lands and gathers all the songs of love which are then born into a child.
Because the child can hear the songs, it understands how to walk in harmony with all people and all of life. It understands how to walk in acknowledgement of the living spirit in all things.
Rosie Westbrook is a Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer. Classically trained in guitar and double bass, Rosie has played in orchestras, chamber ensembles, theatrical productions and with numerous contemporary music artists, both within Australia and internationally.
Most recently, she has performed with Mick Harvey (ex-Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; PJ Harvey), Sean Kelly (Models), Clare Moore & Kaye-Louise Patterson (The Dames) and Rob Snarski (Black-Eyed Susans), to name a few.
Rosie is currently performing in a duo collaboration with John Phillips, guitarist of legendary Australian band Not Drowning, Waving. Rosie has released two solo CDs of her compositions: Wave in 2003 and Big As The Ocean in 2007. Both received critical acclaim and established Rosie's compositional style of intensely emotional and cinematic music, featuring the bowed double bass.
As a composer for film and television, Rosie has produced soundtracks for a number of documentary films profiling Australian artists including Lindy Lee, Del Kathryn Barton, Jon Cattapan, Reg Mombassa and Patricia Piccinini. In 2014, Rosie wrote the music for The Nice House, a short film about Rosie Batty, followed by the soundtrack for short film The Fox in 2016. In recent years, Rosie has been developing a solo performance practice based on responding to visual art and creating live musical installations with the guitar and the double bass. This has included installations for exhibitions at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Kaliman Gallery (NSW), Milani Gallery (QLD), University of Queensland Art Museum and a series of commissions to create music for works produced by the Australian Tapestry Workshop, where Rosie is an Artist-in-Residence during 2019.