Jacqueline (Jax) Hornjik
Producer, Children, Families and Creative Learning, Sydney Opera House
Jacqueline is a producer, curator and marketer who has worked in the arts industry for almost 15 years, establishing herself in the fields of children, families, young audiences and education. Originally from Western Sydney, Jacqueline started her career founding Liverpool’s only community arts organisation, The Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc. Though fiercely dedicated to community practice, Jacqueline has also programmed for the international team as a Producer at the Sydney Opera House in the Children and Families team. Prior to that, Jacqueline was curator of the Way Out West Festival for Children, Producer of Theatre at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Creative Producer at Critical Stages, Deputy Chair at Arts Access Australia and Marketing Manager at Monkey Baa Theatre Company. Jacqueline is also a mother to three sons, including an incredible 10 year old with a profound intellectual disability who is the absolute love of her life.
National Project Manager, Arts Access Australia
Sarah is an experienced international producer and arts leader, managing multi-artform presentations, community arts programs, arts and disability festivals, disability arts theatre, media opportunities, and conference events for governments and not for profits for over 15 years. She has worked in several countries on research, evaluation and access consultancy, including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, UK, USA and continental Europe. Sarah has worked in the wider disability advocacy and policy sector and digital access space for several years, with a career highlight of speaking at the United Nations on the rights of women and girls with disability. She has been on various Boards, including Queenslanders with Disability Network and SAMAG, and on several access and inclusion advisory committees. Sarah received the inaugural Arts Access Aotearoa Artistic Achievement Award, and the inaugural Australian Disability Leadership Institute Arts Award. Sarah holds a Bachelor for both Social work and Arts (Politics and Sociology) from the University of Queensland. She was a finalist at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, and a featured TEDx speaker.
Writer, artist and part-time superhero, Jess co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of living with Tourettes Syndrome. Jess has written in the mainstream and disability press including The Guardian, The Observer and Disability Now. Jess is a regular performer at Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DaDaFest, Unlimited Festival and Shambala. She made Broadcast from Biscuit Land as part of On Stage: Live from Television Centre for BBC4 in 2015. In 2018 her one-hour film Me, My Mouth and I was broadcast on BBC2 and went on to be screened in the USA, Russia, Chile, Switzerland and Canada. In 2018 Jess took her stand-up show Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over to the USA and Europe, hosted Heroes of the Imagination at the Southbank’s Imagine Festival, and Brewing in Battersea at Battersea Arts Centre. The year ended with Hacks for the Future, a residential theatre project for disabled young creatives in the Highlands in association with National Theatre Scotland. During the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown, Jess devised and delivered Digital Heroes of the Imagination with the National Youth Theatre and created a Pandemic Postcard for the Harbourfront Theatre in Toronto.