Dr. Donna Jackson is a director, writer, producer and arts practitioner who focuses on the area of democratic art making. Jackson has collaborated with artists and diverse groups of participants including building workers, sheep farmers and hairdressers in projects which have taken her to every state and territory of Australia. Through this experience she has developed a method of working that enables engagement by large groups of people in the creation of unique and highly regarded artworks. For several years she has focused on the topic of asbestos and wrote a theatre work Dust which has
been presented in three states in seven separate seasons. She has published this work as a case study, which includes articles from some of her collaborators including rock legend Mark Seymour and filmmaker Malcolm McKinnon. The book is titled Art and Social Change. DUST: A Case Study. Through her company, Hubcap Productions, Jackson is currently the initiator and artistic director of the Art & Industry Festival, which is based in the western suburbs of Melbourne. As part of this festival, which will take place in November 2016, she is collaborating with a range of artists and trades people.