In 2004, Phillip founded Beyond Empathy with long-time colleague Kim McConville. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1998 he started working with Big hART and over the following years he collaborated with communities across Australia on performance, installation and multi-media projects included in the programs of major arts festivals. He has won many awards for his work including an AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award for the ‘concept’ of the film HURT, a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Innovative Combination of Documentary and Fiction for HURT, the Inaugural Arts Fellowship from the NSW Law Foundation and a special jury prize in the Free Spirit Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival for Rites of Passage, the jury noting its interesting approach to film making based on community work. His films have screened at national and international festivals, screened on ARTE in Europe, Channel 4 in the UK, SBS and ABC in Australia.
Shaniece is a filmmaker who resides in Illawarra and began working with Beyond Empathy while making Rites of Passage in 2009. In 2012, she created her first short film, Legoland, an installation piece that spoke about her personal experience in living in her community. Her work was awarded a place at ArtExpress; a NSW state-wide exhibition showcasing the best of Year 12 artwork. She was awarded Cate Stevenson Scholarship (2013) at International Women’s Day Illawarra, a special mention award at FlickerFest (2014) and at Short Soup International film festival (2014). Her film has also been shown in Austria (2014). Shaniece also worked with BE as an editor on Protection. Shaniece has completed a Certificate IV in Screen and Media and a Certificate IV in Community Services. She is now a producer on BE’s Illawarra projects, collaborating with communities in creating content and retelling of stories.
Elias Rees first became involved with community arts projects and Beyond Empathy aged 11, participating in music, dance, visual arts and circus workshops. With BE he attended two Youth Leadership Camps and in 2009 got into film work with the short film 2506, Indigenous Health Promotion “Your Choice Now” and feature film Rites Of Passage. Elias then landed feature roles on ABC’s Redfern Now, Sydney Film Festival Short The Chuck In and feature film Around The Block working alongside icons like Jack Thompson and Christina Ricci. Elias has more recently appeared in ABC’s Cleverman and taken on a mentoring role to the young stars of BE’s latest feature film Protection.
Raphaela Rosella (Rosie) is an Australian documentary artist working in the tradition of longform documentary storytelling. Her award-winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her artistic practice draws on relational exchanges and collaborative ethos to challenge tropes of victimhood and poverty. Rosie has 12 years’ experience working with BE, first as a participant and more recently as a community artist and communications manager. Rosie holds a Bachelor of Photography (first class honours) from the Queensland College of Art (2012) and a diploma of Community Service (Case Management) (2014).
Daryl joined Beyond Empathy in 2015, bringing with him a wealth of experience in financial management planning and regional and rural priorities. Daryl worked in financial planning and accounting with Roberts and Morrow, one of NSW’s largest regional accounting firms for over 20 years. From 1995-2015 he was the General Manager of the Rural Lands Protections Board, a NSW Statutory Authority, delivering the frontline animal health service in NSW and safeguarding agricultural production from the biosecurity risks posed by disease and pests. Daryl was responsible for management of regional and rural travelling stock reserves, stock movement and identification and assistance with drought relief.
Alice McClintock is an arts practitioner and community development worker with over a decade of experience in local government, the not-for-profit sector and international development. Alice has a BA in Creative Arts (Performance and Creative Writing) and has commenced a Master’s in Social Development at UNSW. She was nominated as an Australian Arrow Emerging Leader and graduated the Arrow program in 2017. Alice has worked in development, events management and strategic partnerships for Rough Edges Community Centre in Kings Cross and Oasis Youth Support Network in Surry Hills in the areas of homelessness, youth and mental health. For the past four years, Alice has worked at Wollongong City Council in Community Cultural Development focusing on arts/culture sector development, strategic planning and supporting for arts organisations and festivals. Alice also works as a freelance producer, writer and musician.
Jo Davidson has worked for Beyond Empathy as an artist on the Sea of Bellies (Mubali) since it began in 2004 in Moree NSW. During this time Jo has developed and seeded this strategy in other places in NSW and nationally. Jo makes belly casts of young pregnant Aboriginal women, collaborating with local health organisations, training artists, midwives and health workers in belly, hands and feet casting as an inclusive engagement strategy, encompassing local Indigenous culture and language alongside health education. Jo has worked on project management and curation of 11 belly-cast art exhibitions and is currently developing an online Sea of Bellies Toolkit share site for BE. Jo has undertaken residencies in Australia and Europe. held 17 solo shows and exhibited in numerous group shows. She makes sculpture, public art and ephemeral works and has run workshops at festivals and regional galleries.
Ben is a professional practicing musician and producer with a passion for exploring the relationship between art and its impact on mental and spiritual health and particularly for young people. Over the past 15 years Ben has consciously engaged with diverse projects and communities working in unorthodox environments in remote communities around the world. Ben holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (performance) from Southern Cross University. Ben was an active contributor to innovative music and arts programming through Central and Southern Australia 2005-2009. Through this time, he developed strong relationships with many remote communities and developed strong skills and knowledge for the community arts and cultural development (CACD) sector.
Emma Korhonen is a photographer, artist from the Illawarra where she works closely with BE’s Illawarra team on film projects Protection and Blue Rose. BE has provided her with a supportive environment to practice her art making and she is currently being mentored by BE photographer Raphaela Rosella. Emma grew up in a family of artists and studied fine arts at West Wollongong TAFE from 2006 – 2011. While her studies focused on traditional media, she is particularly interested in wildlife illustration. She is also a passionate landscape photographer and enjoys playing guitar.