Janina’s cultural heritage is Meriam Mir (Erub/Mer) of the Eastern Torres Strait and Ku Ku (North East) of Cape York. Her mother Eleanor Harding (nee Adelaide Nain) arrived in Melbourne in 1959, determined to raise her children free and not subject to the Queensland Protection Act, like her generation and the generations before her.
Janina has thee “artistic” siblings Destiny Deacon and Clinton Nain, both visual artists and John Harding is a playwright. Janina has thirty years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural projects and programs and served two terms on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council.
Employed at the City of Melbourne as the Indigenous Arts Program Manager for thirteen years, Janina established the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival and Blak Nite Screen as Creative Producer. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
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