OUR
CREATIVE
FOLK

Saltwater People engage a team of professional creatives, project managers, strategists and storytellers to advance cross cultural approaches that bridge shared understanding and impact.

OUR TEAM

RICHARD

DIRECTOR + CULTURE

Richard Seden provides high-level cultural and community engagement advice on health communications projects. 

Richard has lived and worked in the Indigenous Health sector as a registered Practitioner and Counsellor across Central Australia, Cape York , Larrakia Country and North East Arnhem Land for over 25 years. 

Richard has family connections to the Torres Strait (Kaurareg /Dhoeybaw) – and the Coen (Kaanju) and Shelbourne Bay (Wuthati) communities of Cape York.

RICHARD lives and works on Kuku Yalanji country (FNQ)

KATE

AGENCY MANAGER

Kate FitzGerald brings exceptional project management, communication and coordination expertise – from her experience with Seven’s creative studio and media agencies in Malaysia and Bangkok.

Kate FitzGerald embeds high-level organisational and analytical and relationship skills across our Agency. 

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts Media and Cultural Studies from Macquarie University. 

KATE lives and works on EORA NATION (SYDNEY)

Bianca

DIRECTOR + CREATIVE

Bianca Barling-Seden brings cross-cultural communications and engagement expertise supporting agencies to work best with First Nations people and their communities. 

 

Bianca holds a research Masters  in Visual Art and has experience in inclusive leadership, government and community engagement. 

 

Bianca has lived and worked on the Thai Burma border, in Arnhem Land and FNQ – including the Torres Strait Islands. 

 

Bianca is of English and German settler heritage and identifies as non-Indigenous Australian.

Bianca lives and works on Kuku Yalanji country, (FNQ)

HANH

DIGITAL + WORKFLOW

Hanh Lam is Saltwater People’s digital workflow mastermind. Hanh is our longest serving team-member and established our flexible and remote workflow processes.

Hanh recently worked with well known Singaporean Agency, Paper Planes and has worked in Vietnam and India managing operations for social change and community development. 

HANH LIVES AND WORKS ON WAKKA WAKKA COUNTRY (QLD)

LAUREN

COMMS ASSOCIATE

Lauren  Seden is our Communications Associate in her final year of a Bachelor of Communications at QUT. Lauren graduated Year 12 in 2015 as the highest achieving Indigenous student from the NT. 

Lauren has family connections to the Torres Strait (Kaurareg / Dhoeybaw) –and the Coen (Kaanju) and Shelbourne Bay (Wuthati) communities of Cape York. 

Lauren supports our social media work with a special interest in our clients in the Torres Strait Islands. 

Lauren lives and works on Menjin (Brisbane)

HON

DESIGN STRATEGIST

Hon Boeuy brings extensive experience with over 10 years working as a graphic designer, manager and art director. He has worked in Sydney’s arts sector and produced visual marketing material from ideation through to finished art, and publishing. 

Hon has worked with both small and national clients and teaches design at Sydney University. In 2017, Hon founded Dialogic Studios, an agency that specialises in visual communications. 

HON LIVES AND WORKS ON EORA NATION (SYDNEY)

ARTISTS + STORYTELLERS

Talei

DIGITAL STORYTELLER

Talei Elu has spent the last six years working with the federal government in roles that focused on Indigenous economic development in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Indigenous Australians Agency, and more recently with AIATSIS. Talei is now working from Seisia in remote Cape York.

Talei is a prolific photographer and creator of Faces of the Straits and recently shot a campaign for Vogue.

Talei Elu lives and works on Seisia (Cape York)

ELIZABETH

ARTIST

Elizabeth Yanyi Close is a Panaka Skin Anangu woman from the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Language Groups, whose family links are to the communities of Pukutja and Amata in the APY Lands. 

Elizabeth is now based in Adelaide after reconnecting with  her Grandmothers family (her Tjukurpa) and her Country from her Tjamu. This growth as an Aboriginal woman was profoundly reflected in the evolution of her artwork.

ELIZABETH LIVES AND WORKS ON KAURNA LAND (ADELAIDE)

TY

ARTIST + ILLUSTRATOR

Ty Waigana is a professional illustrator and animator with a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University. Ty is a proud Noongar and Saibaigal (Torres Strait) man. Ty has worked with us on projects for Australian National University and Queensland Child and Family Commission. Ty is the NAIDOC poster artist for 2020.

TY LIVES AND WORKS ON WHADJUK COUNTRY (PERTH)

KAMBARNI

ARTIST + DESIGNER
Kamsani Bin Salleh (Kambarni) is descended from the Ballardong Noongar people and Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
 
Kambarni’s work reflects the natural world with his intricate designs and graphically interprets both pre-colonial and post-colonial Australian histories. Kambani re-tells old stories and creating new narratives through his community engagement.
 
In 2018 Kamsani Bin Salleh was named WA’s Young Person of the Year and was awarded the Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award.
KAMBARNI lives and works on WHADJUK COUNTRY (PERTH)

DYLAN

ARTIST

Dylan Mooney’s practice includes painting, drawing and digital illustration, inspired by history, culture and identity. Dylan has learnt professional application of cultural protocols in his Batchelor study with the prestigious Contemporary Australian Art Program at Griffith University. Dylan is a Yuibera man, a Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander.

DYLAN lives and works on MEANJIN LAND (BRISBANE)

LEICOLHN

PHOTOGRAPHER

Leicolhn McKellar is a Budjiti and Kunja woman from South-East Queensland who made her home for many years in North East Arnhem Land and now works from Darwin.

 

A professional photographer, Leicolhn is well-known for capturing the intrinsic beauty of Aboriginal culture. Her focus is on forming real connections with her clients and expressing their stories, uncensored and raw, through her portraiture.

LEICOLHN LIVES AND WORKS ON LARRAKIA LAND (DARWIN)

MORE ARTISTS TO COME....