Alka Pande with Lucy Nelson
Dr Alka Pande is an art historian and curator with two post-graduation degrees one in history and the second in history of art. Followed by a PhD in Art History and a Post-Doc in Critical Art Theory, University of London. She has authored numerous books and curated many national and international exhibitions. She is Recipient of the Charles Wallace Award, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by French government, Australian-India Council Special Award, L’Oreal Paris Femina Women award and Amrita Sher-Gil Samman. Currently, Dr Pande is a consultant art advisor and curator of the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Lucy Nelson, is the Artistic Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival in Australia, previously, co-founder and Artistic Director of Noted Writers Festival. Lucy has written non-fiction for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Big Issue and her fiction has been awarded residencies and shortlisted for prizes in Australia and the UK. She has spoken and performed at arts festivals and events around Australia and the Pacific including the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Network, Macau, the Digital Writers Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Falls Music Festival and was a 2017 NSW finalist in the Moth Story Slam. She leads the creative writing program at Upbeat Arts – an organisation that provides arts participation opportunities for adults experiencing disadvantage. She has a passion for the unique ability of festivals to build and strengthen communities and believes wholeheartedly that literature and the arts are vital to our health and wellbeing.