Mundanara yarns with:
- Janina Harding (CIAF Artistic Director)
- Francoise Lane (Artist & Co-Curator of the CIAF Fashion Story Exhibition)
- Gerry Turpin (Ethnobotanist with James Cook University & CIAF Art Awards 2022 Judge)
- Benita Williams (CIAF Model Mentor)
- Darren Blackman (Artist)
About Mundanara Bayles
Mundanara grew up in Redfern NSW with her 8 sisters and moved to Queensland in the early 90’s at age 9. Mundanara’s cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bundjalung people on her mother’s side (Hunter Valley, Northern NSW) and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu (Central Queensland) on her father’s side.
As a proud advocate for her people, Mundanara follows in her father’s footsteps and aims to make a positive contribution to society and is active in the Aboriginal movement.
Mundanara is the Managing Director and co-founder of the Australian BlackCard Pty Ltd (BlackCard), a growing business which is 100% Aboriginal owned and certified with Supply Nation. BlackCard was co-founded with Dr Lilla Watson, who is a respected Aboriginal elder, artist, educator and long-time course developer. BlackCard provides cultural capability training and consultancy services to enable people and organisations to work effectively with members of the Aboriginal community.
Mundanara is married to Peace a Kiwi by birth with family connections to Fiji and together they are raising five children who live on Gubbi Gubbi country on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Mundanara is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and a visiting Fellow to the Qld University of Technology (QUT) Learning and Teaching Unit. She is on several committees and boards including the Qld State Development, Tourism and Innovation Business and Innovation Reference Group; The Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School also known as The Murri School; Queensland Tourism Industry Council Indigenous Employment Champions Network; Adina Vibe Waterfront.