Lynette Wallworth

Ms Lynette Wallworth

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021


Lynette Wallworth has worked for over 20 years in immersive technologies and has won two Emmy awards for her innovative works in virtual reality and extended reality (VR and XR). She has recently developed a pilot program using VR to help reunite Covid-isolated families in hospital palliative care. Wallworth’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, the Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Auckland Triennial, Adelaide Biennial, Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others; as well as film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness, the DOMIE Award-winning full-dome feature Coral, the AACTA Award-winning documentary Tender, the Emmy® Award-winning virtual reality narrative Collisions. Awavena premiered at Sundance Film Festival, (2018), was in competition at the Venice Film Festival, and in 2020 garnered Lynette her 2nd International Emmy® Award for Outstanding New Approaches in Documentary. Wallworth has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence, and in 2016 was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Currently, she is an Artist in Residence at AFTRS and at the Australian Human Rights Institute.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.