Patricia is a Wuthathi, Mabuiag Islander and Ghanaian woman from Sydney. She currently works at the Copyright Agency I Viscopy as the Indigenous engagement manager and legal officer. Patricia has worked at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and National Indigenous TV in legal roles. In 2010, she also worked at the World Intellectual Property Organisation as the 2010 WIPO Indigenous Intellectual Property law fellow. This role gave Patricia valuable insight into the work that the Traditional Knowledge Division does as the Secretariat for the international normative process on the protection of Traditional Knowledge. Patricia is also the Chair of the Moogahlin Performing Arts Board and serves on the City of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel. Patricia is also a published author, having written several articles and a Chapter for an Intellectual property law textbook on Indigenous cultural intellectual property rights.

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Steven has a background in growing audiences and producing innovative exhibitions, public programs and events supported by extensive community engagement. Steven has worked closely with western Sydney and regional communities as the Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, Director of Bundaberg Arts Centre, and Director of Redland Art Gallery. Steven is currently the Director, Programs, Exhibitions & Cultural Collections, Australian Museum


Lindy Allen’s professional career includes CEO of both Regional Arts Victoria (2004-2012) and Regional Arts Australia (2014). For more than twenty years, Lindy has been directly engaged in developing, producing and evaluating cultural projects in a community-engaged context including Executive Producer for several major multi-site cultural projects across regional Australia. These include

‘Common Ground’ (2008), ‘Illuminated by Fire’ (2010-2011) and ‘One River’ (2013), the largest community engagement project for the Centenary of Canberra. She wrote ‘Belonging: Great Arts Stories from Regional Australia’ in 2014 and was Managing Editor for Dr Donna Jackson’s 260 page book ‘Art and Social Change, Dust: A Case Study’ in 2015. Published evaluation studies include ‘Illuminated by Fire’ (2011) and ‘Dusting off Social Change’ (2015).

In 2015, she created Living Proof to assist small to medium arts practitioners, organisations and event managers to document and evaluate their projects.

Lindy is a Chair of the peak body Creating Australia, Deputy Chair of The Cad Factory and a board member of Wurrinbeena Ltd, Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board and the Cultural Development Network.


Esther Anatolitis is Director of Regional Arts Victoria, and co-curator of Architecture+Philosophy. She is a writer, facilitator and arts advocate. Esther has collaborated on various cross-disciplinary projects across a range of media and locations, with a focus on the identification of interstitial spaces for new work, and the creative power of art to make place. Her past professional roles span craft and design, literary arts, multicultural arts, public art, festivals, publishing and broadcasting; she has held CEO-level positions with several key Victorian arts organisations, and she has consulted to numerous arts organisations on their strategic planning and programming. Esther fosters sector-wide arts networks with a Victorian focus. Esther’s work has been published widely in Australia and overseas, most recently in The Age, The Australian, Arts Hub, un Magazine, Dancehouse Diary, Artichoke, Houses and RealTime Arts. She has been profiled in The Age, The Leader, Melbourne News, CB Online, Arts Hub and Neos Kosmos. Her writing has been translated into German, Greek and Ukrainian. Esther’s work creates and sustains the frameworks for independent creative practice.



Jessica Anderson has been employed with Country Arts WA since 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UWA (2003) and  Bachelor of Arts Management from WAAPA (2007). In 2015 she completed the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at UWA. Jessica manages the Regional Arts Development team at Country Arts WA who have a core focus on increasing the sustainability of regional arts organisations, initiating youth projects and supporting the professional development of regional communities, artists and artsworkers. She has overseen an array of projects from remote Aboriginal residencies, regional youth collaborations, funding programs, and organisation development, amongst others.

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Since graduating from the National Art School in Sydney, NSW, Catherine has been the recipient of three major art awards, Emerging Artist on the Rocks, Sydney (2006), The Waverly Art Prize (2007) and a residency at the Onslow Storrier Studio at the Cite Des Arts International Paris (2008) through the National Art School. In 2011 she was successful in securing a Regional Arts Fund (RAF) grant to do the major Public Art Project The Sea Hammock – What Lies Beneath and has subsequently been the feature artist on two RAF funded Projects including The Wisdom of the Elders Project (2012 – Video) and The Portland Botanical Gardens Art and Community Engagement Project (2013 – Painting/Photography/Installation). In 2014 Catherine initiated and facilitated the establishment of The Space, a short term, self funded residency for writers and artists and the Virtual Arboretum Portland, a four artist, interactive, installation project with public art outcomes. She was also Artist in Residence at the Narrawong District Primary School, as part of the Vicarts Artists in Schools Program using street art techniques to build a community mural called The Sea Creatures Street Art Project. Shedding a light on Orford was her most recent project made for the Moyne Shire’s Pitch Project in Victoria, Australia.


Dr Jennifer Barrett has published and curated projects on museums, culture, art, and the public sphere. Her current research examines museums, human rights and the concept of universalism.

Her monograph, Museums and the Public Sphere, was published in 2011 (Wiley-Blackwell) and her co-authored monograph Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum (with Jacqueline Millner, Ashgate Publishing) was published in 2014. Between 2000 and 2011 she was Director of Museum Studies and is currently Pro Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Previously she held professional roles in the cultural sector and local government.

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Matthew has worked as an Arts Marketer for over five years, starting at the Adelaide Festival of Arts as a Marketing Assistant and progressing to the role of Marketing Coordinator working on the highly successful 2012 – 2014 festivals before making the move to Country Arts SA to be their new Digital Communications Officer. Matthew is passionate about the digital space especially in the areas of social media, web development, content marketing and large scale video production. He also has a strong interest in disability access and improving the accessibility of the arts. In addition to his current role with Country Arts SA, Matthew also consults on digital strategy and accessibility for businesses both in the arts and external sectors. He is committed to finding innovative digital solutions for improving audience engagement with the arts.

Dr Liz Bradshaw is an artist and cultural researcher who has exhibited and published internationally. She has taught art & design in highly regarded Universities and Colleges in Australia and the UK. She has also been a Lead External Moderator, and teacher professional development content writer/facilitator, for the University of the Arts London Awarding Body. She currently supports dLux education programmes for a diverse range of audiences.


Dr Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of NSW as director in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

From 2005 to 2010, Dr Brand was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, leading both the Getty Center and Getty Villa sites and establishing its new Center for Photography. Previously, he was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from 2000 to 2005; assistant director, curatorial and collection development, at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane from 1996 to 2000; curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from 1988 to 1996; and co-director of the Smithsonian Institution Mughal Garden Project in Lahore, Pakistan from 1988 to 1993.

Dr Brand currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums and the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. He is a past member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.


Julie has worked closely with business and government for fifteen years, initially as Manager of the Wagga Wagga Chamber of Commerce, then as Executive Officer of the Wagga Wagga Business Enterprise Centre. In the latter role Julie assisted thousands of business and prospective business people to explore their business ideas, develop business plans and establish businesses throughout the Riverina region.

Julie has a strong background in strategic planning and business planning. Recently completing corporate plans for Bland Shire Council and Goldenfields Water County Council as well as completing an audit of facilities and services across the Albury-Wodonga ACC region which the led to the preparation of an action plan for the 10 councils involved. As Executive Officer of the Wagga Wagga BEC Julie prepared business studies for the business incubators that were established by that Organisation as well as working on the feasibility studies for a Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Facility and a Technology Park.

Julie was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 14 April 2016.



Michelle’s Mother’s people are Yindjibarndi from the PiIbara region of Western Australia.  Her Dad is Australian with Scottish ancestry. Michelle has managed the ICS program since April 2014.  She has worked closely with Devina MacPherson, ICS Production Manager, to produce 32 out a total of 83 stories so far.  Her focus is now is to fundraise in order to achieve ICS’s original target of 100 stories by mid 2017. Michelle has a background in community cultural development and planning, project management, partnerships, programs and policy, with a focus on achieving positive and ongoing outcomes for communities, and individuals-mainly creators.  She has worked independently as an artist and curator, for Local and State governments and the Not for Profit sector and at local, regional, national and international levels. She has brokered numerous partnerships between private, public and corporate sectors, in order to empower communities and individuals.

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Mandy is an Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk, Kokatha and Pitjantjatjara woman who has lived all her life in metropolitan and regional South Australia. Mandy has worked in many fields and is currently the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Engagement Officer with Country Arts SA – a role she has been in for 5 years since the inception of this role.Her role encompasses all of regional South Australia for Aboriginal artists and communities. Mandy was nominated by community for the 2008 Australian of the Year.Her Board roles at present are Chair of the Board for Colebrook Home, Eden Hills; regional member for the Art Gallery of South Australia Indigenous steering committee; International First Nations Gambling committee inaugural member; Peramangk Elder of the Adelaide Hills Aboriginal committee and Board member for Reconciliation SA. She is also on the GLF (Governor’s Leadership Foundation Committee) as a member for 2015. Mandy is also a poet and involved with the Nunga writers group since 1995.

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Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin is a Narungga, Kaurna, Wirangu, Wotjobaluk woman and is well known throughout the Australian, Indigenous and international arts communities. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of South Australia. Lee-Ann has worked across many major Festivals and events within Australia including Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals of Arts. She has produced four Blak Nite Festival showcases, South Australia’s leading Indigenous Youth Arts showcase as part of the 2005-11 Come Out Festival, The Australian Festival for Young People. Awarded the inaugural South Australian Gladys Elphick Award recognising her work in the arts and the prestigious internationally recognised Sidney Myer Facilitator Prize. The Prize recognises Lee-Ann’s tremendous contribution to Indigenous arts in this country. Lee-Ann together with Tony Rosella and Michelle Nikou were the designers of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, launched in Adelaide November 2013. In 2014 they won South Australia’s premier art prize and won the Ruby Award for Best Work.

Deputy Chair for the Australia Council for the Arts, Lee-Ann is one of seven national champions for the Barangaroo re-development site in Sydney and is Co-Chair of a new International Festival Tarnanthi – Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts held in South Australia last year. She is a graduate of the Murra Indigenous Business Master Class, at the Melbourne Business School.  Lee-Ann has held a position with Carclew Youth Arts in Adelaide as Manager, Aboriginal Arts Development Program for over ten years with a focus on Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara communities in remote South Australia.


Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon is the Director of Curatorial and Public Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years her career has been dedicated to cultural leadership that connects diverse audiences to history, arts and heritage through a broad range of public engagement programs, including festivals, exhibitions and books. At SLM, she uses her vision, experience and expertise to lead the cross—platform programming in the fields of interpretation, exhibitions, regional touring program, public programs, education, web + digital, volunteering, and publications for the portfolio’s 12 museums and historic houses. She also leads the work of SLM’s City and House Museums Portfolios. She is the winner of multiple awards for the books, curatorial and creative history projects she has written, produced and led that share the stories of urban life, architecture and design across the centuries. She completed the Museum Leadership Institute Program in 2012 at The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, California and completed her PhD on the history of apartment living in Sydney at the University of New South Wales in 2009.


Tracey Callinan is the Executive Director of Arts OutWest, the regional arts development organisation covering 11 council areas in the NSW central west.  Before joining Arts OutWest in 2009, Tracey worked in arts management in various roles, including working for Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Creative Partnerships at Arts Council England, and Future Music in Adelaide.  She has also worked as a music educator in NSW, South Australia and the UK, such as writing and presenting teaching kits for Musica Viva in Schools in South Australia.  Tracey is currently in the final part of a PhD investigating creative industries in regional settings.  In 2015-16 she was a member of the NSW Taskforce for Health and the Arts and has presented at many arts conferences in Australia and in the UK.  Tracey is also a professional musician.  She has performed as a harpsichordist in the UK, Israel and Australia and conducts a community choir in Bathurst.

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Julian Canny is a freelance Arts Entrepreneur in the growing regional commercial arts industry. As the Ringleader and founder of social enterprise The Comedy Emporium, Julian works hard to make sure communities in regional WA have access to the skills to produce and create arts content locally. Working primarily as a comedy writer, Julian and his team at The Comedy Emporium facilitate over 47 performers to work within the arts industry across Bunbury, Geraldton and Mandurah. A huge advocate of digital and cloud technology, Julian encourages arts workers and business people to innovate, seek new opportunities and use the Internet to think Globally but act locally. Most of Julian’s team at The Comedy Emporium work remotely, allowing people to live and work in their own communities of Regional WA. Working remotely allows Julian to travel almost every week. Allowing him to be “almost” a local in several communities. As part of his travel schedule he drives between Kalgoorlie, Mandurah, Bunbury and Geraldton. With a growing brand and membership, The Comedy Emporium has seen a large growth in 2 years since its inception. The team of regional Performers under Julian’s leadership will be presenting 26 shows in Fringe World 2016, 3 shows in Adelaide Fringe 2016 and many others in local communities across the state. The Comedy Emporium has been operating out of Geraldton for almost three years. In that time the team has generated over $173,000 of revenue for the local arts sector. With the role out of the pilot youth and adult Improv programs, this plans to double in early 2016.

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Debbie Carmody is a Noongar (South West/East Region), Anangu (Maralinga Region), and Pila – Spinifex (Great Victorian Desert Region) person.

Debbie has worked in media since 1983 – ABC and GWN, and is also an award winning film writer and director whose films have shown at national and international film festivals.  Debbie has A Class Honors in Communication, and is also an award winning artist who uses acrylics on canvas.

Currently Debbie is the Manager for Tjuma Pulka Original Nations Radio Station and is involved in developing a strong arts and culture environment within the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region of Western Australia.

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Following extensive experience in the not for profit sector providing support and building the resilience of vulnerable people and communities, I currently provide specialist support, management and oversight of staff for the mental health programs, Partners In Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors Program. I am a member of various regional consortia and I have experience managing service delivery, best practice, continual learning improvement and risk management when delivering services to adults with complex mental health conditions. Our mental health support services build the resilience and coping skills of participants, by connecting people with a positive sense of self, safe and positive relationships and community connections. We promote creativity and appreciation of beauty and we find that this has a positive impact on the wellbeing of participants and their ability to express themselves.


Marie-Louise is the State Manager (NSW & the ACT) for Creative Partnerships Australia and is highly experienced in business development, communications, fundraising and stakeholder management.

Prior to her current role,  Marie-Louise worked as State Director (NSW) for the Australia Business Arts Foundation, a role which saw her advising a wide range of artists and arts organisations on strategies for securing private sector support as well as working with business and philanthropists to facilitate connections with the arts.

Marie-Louise was also National Relationship Manager for the Surf Life Saving Foundation where she managed a wide range of partner and philanthropic relationships and worked with the Year of the Surf Lifesaver Advisory Board to raise substantial funds for the Major Gift Appeal from both individuals and foundations, providing an ongoing financial legacy for the organisation.

Marie-Louise served a three year term as Senior Classifier on the Classification Board and is a former lawyer who has worked for the BBC, Film Victoria and Two Way TV.

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Stephen Champion has been the Manager of the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) since 2003 and has worked professionally in the performing arts for thirty six years.  In 2008 BMEC won the inaugural APACA Drover Award for Best Presenter. As a performer Stephen was a core member of Circus Oz in its first six years, devised his own works and performed with many groups and individuals including Meryl Tankard, the Nimrod Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company.  Stephen was an Associate Director with Drugie Studio Wrocławskie, Poland (1986) and Associate Director and then Artistic Director of Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra (1988 – 1994). Prior to moving to Bathurst Stephen was Domain Manager for the Sydney Festival for seven years, a Production Manager for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival and Venue Manager of the Domain Live Site for the Olympic Coordination Authority.  Stephen is currently a Director of the Board of Regional Arts NSW and Theatre Network NSW.

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Sam Choy is an avid Maker, he loves to tinker and has a passion to teach. Sam was employed as Fablab facilitator at MAAS in 2014. He obtained a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of New South Wales and then completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary) majoring in Technology and Applied Studies and Society and Culture. In 2006 Sam competed in the Australian TV show The New Inventors on the ABC. If he isn’t pulling something apart to understand how it works, he is probably volunteering at the local homeless shelter or exploring the depths of the ocean by scuba diving. Sam is passionate about the democratisation of manufacturing and the decentralisation of education.


Sandy has extensive experience in the arts as a performer, producer and administrator.  She sat on the Australia Council’s Dance Board 2010-2012 and was then appointed Program Manager for Dance in 2013.  Sandy now manages the Artist Services team responsible for providing advice to artists and arts workers seeking funding opportunities.

Lois Cook is a Nyangbul woman from Cabbage Tree Island, Wardell and Ballina regions of NSW. She is a storyteller who has worked across the arts in dance, theatre and film. She is also a cultural educator, in schools, community and in tourism with her company Aboriginal Cultural Concepts. Lois produced the award winning documentary Babe in the Reeds through a unique collaboration with the ABC North Coast Open producer Catherine Marciniak.

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Gary Cooper was born in Kalgoorlie and raised in the Goldfields, is a member of the Wongutha people and speaks the Wongutha language.

Gary has traditional ties to this region as Kalgoorlie is home to his great grandmother and her people.

Gary was the first Aboriginal graduate in Theatre at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Mt Lawley and has enjoyed a successful career as an actor in film, television and theatre both Nationally & Internationally. Gary has forged his way as an award winning film maker in directing.

Gary has worked as the Multi Media Coordinator for the Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, is an advocate for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities.  Gary was the First Nations Creative Producer for the Regional Arts Australia Summit “Arts & Edges” 2014 held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and is currently the Creative Producer for Tjuma Pulka Media.

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Alison Copley, originally from Adelaide, has spent the last 10 years working in the regional arts sector in the north of Australia. In 1990 she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Adelaide before heading north to Darwin and then on to Far North Queensland to take on the role of CEO/General Manager of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2010 to 2014.

While employed as the Venue Manager of the Darwin Entertainment Centre from 2003 to 2007 Alison studied management at a post graduate level having earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia (2007).

With a keen interest in community cultural development Alison took up the position of Indigenous Arts Marketing Officer at Top End Arts Marketing in Darwin, supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations across the whole Top End, promoting the arts locally, nationally and internationally and fostering best-practice arts marketing and audience development skills to diverse regionally based members. In this role she was the Event Producer of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2009 – 2010 and was involved with the development of numerous Indigenous community cultural festivals in the remote areas of the Top End of the NT.

In 2009 Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to “To investigate capacity building in Indigenous community cultural festivals in Canada, New Zealand and the Northern Territory”. 

Alison is CEO of Tasmanian Regional Arts.

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Phoebe is the Project Manager for the CORRIDOR project, a regionally based NPO promoting the arts, environment and education located in the Central West, NSW. Roles include production management, exhibition design, curatorial and community engagement, with specific focus on arts, environmental and educational programs. Current projects include theSilos Project, Shearers Ballet, Cultural Connections program at tCp, Cowra-Cabonne Science Hub – Inspiring Australia projects include Grossi, Botanical Illustration, Cell Structures in the Studio, Dub Side of the Moon – Astronomy, Coding and 3D print workshops. Recent cross sectoral projects as part of the Cultural Connection program include hosting the Cowra Corroboree and schools day at the CORRIDOR project, co-curator Cool Burn exhibition, co-curator Star-Picket exhibition (in development).


Ken is responsible for the day-to-day management of Northern Rivers Screenworks, including personnel, programs and services, funding and financial management, and implementing the Triennial Business Plan to support screen industry development in the region.

Prior to this appointment Ken was Team Leader / Acting Manager of Community and Cultural Services at Clarence Valley Council, where he developed, authored and was implementing a Cultural Plan focusing on creative industries professional development.

Before moving to the Northern Rivers, Ken worked as Business Operations Manager at the Council of the City of Sydney for 7 years, where he managed the administration, programing, and finances of events produced by the Council, including its Sydney New Years Eve celebrations. This role incorporated managing the national television broadcast of multiple simultaneous events, in addition to edited highlight packages for national and international news agencies.

With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Technical Production) from NIDA, Ken also has experience in writing successful funding applications and in governance, being a previous board member of Arts Northern Rivers and former company secretary of Queer Screen.

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Damian’s background is across all aspects of the live music and touring industry with over twelve years’ experience in the Australian music industry. He has a strong focus on the business aspects of the live performance industry with broad knowledge in booking venues & music festivals, touring domestic and international artists, ticketing, marketing and promotion, e-commerce and new technologies.

As Sector and Audience Development Director for the Live Music Office, he works across the live industry and government developing and delivering strategies and projects to enhance opportunities for artists, businesses and audiences across all areas of Australia

Damian has worked as a booking agent and in logistics for festivals including the Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Peats Ridge, Surry Hills Festival and the Newtown Festival. He also runs his own live music services company Elastic Entertainment. Over the years, he has handled tour support for Lorde, A Tribe Called Red, Jon Cleary and The Good Lovelies

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Born and raised in country South Australia I have spent my professional life working in the arts. My role at Country Arts SA is varied and involves working with communities to explore arts and cultural development opportunities, strategic partnerships and capacity building initiatives. I manage the Australian Governments Regional Arts Fund and National Strategic Project initiative and have produced capacity building workshops and events in numerous communities across the state. Currently collaborating with humanitarian refugee community in the Limestone Coast to create works in a simple, positive, lasting manner to empower communities to tell their own stories. I am a passionate advocate for the value of arts to community well-being and a self-confessed cultural tourist.

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Gemma Deavin  is the Supervising Producer for ABC Arts iview and Digital. She is responsible for the execution of the Arts digital strategy across the iview Arts Channel and the ABC News Online Arts vertical. Gemma joined the ABC in 2011 as an ABC Open Producer based in Longreach, Western Queensland. She then went on to be the ABC Open Producer for Far North Queensland, based in Cairns, before returning to Sydney in 2015 to take up digital producer roles at Four Corners, Lateline and Australian Story. Previously, she was a multimedia producer for WWF Indonesia, based in Jakarta.

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Former Dubbo Mayor Mathew Dickerson was born and bred in Dubbo and is married with four children. He is a highly successful and prominent businessman with extensive management experience.

Mathew is a passionate public speaker and his extensive knowledge of business and technology has seen him deliver presentations as a keynote speaker at dozens of national and international conferences, seminars and other events.

Over the course of a decade Mathew has achieved an extensive list of major business awards, from the Gold Rhino Award for best overall business in the region to the Consensus IT Writers Award for most entertaining IT writer in Australia and Microsoft USA’s worldwide small business partner of the year.

Mathew has shared his knowledge and expertise through regular columns and feature articles in a number of national and international publications. He features regularly on national radio and has appeared in various other print forums and broadcast programs.

An elected member of Council from 2004 to the almagamation of Dubbo and Wellington Councils in 2016, Mathew served as Deputy Mayor between 2005 and 2007, and again in 2010. He was elected Mayor in September 2011. Mathew served five terms as Mayor.

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Caroline Downer lives in Armidale with her family and is currently the Regional Arts Development Officer with Arts North West.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Music and a MA (Museum Studies) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Developing Program.  Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in the gallery sector, in public programs, and on curatorial projects and as the previous Director of the New England Regional Art Museum.

She is committed to regional community arts organisations and serves on the committees of the Armidale International Film Festival, the Armidale Youth Orchestra, the University of New England Arts Advisory Panel, the Public Art Advisory Committee of the Armidale Dumaresq Council and is on the Board of the New England Conservatorium of Music.

She participates in a broad range of the arts from visual arts and film to music, and plays the viola da gamba in her spare time.


Caz is the word-smith and Communications Queen at Murray Arts, coordinating the website, monthly e-newsletter, media releases and keeping up with trends across social media.  At Murray Arts Caz has worked on some great projects including spreading the word about Sydney Theatre Company’s School Drama program, yarn bombing the Holbrook Submarine yellow, Circuit Open Studios program, Cargo-Art in Transit and the recent launch of Burraja Arts, an Aboriginal Artists Enterprise with a dedicated exhibition space at Gateway Village in Wodonga.  Caz leads a bit of double-act working life, sometimes being in three places at once, as a passionate specialist Art teacher at Yackandandah Primary School and in her new casual role as Education and Programs Officer with MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury.


David is the Executive Director of DADAA Inc. an Arts organisation dedicated to Arts for Social Change that has been at the forefront of the Australian Arts and Disability movement over the past 14 years. David has worked across Australia, in Hong Kong, Kenya, and Ireland to extend cultural participation opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Jo Duffy’s varied and extensive 20 year career in the arts spans Australia, Italy, Scotland and Poland. She was the Artistic Director of the Darwin Festival from 2009 to 2011 and the 2013 Artistic Director of Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on the Island. Jo is an Arts & Culture Consultant specialising in producing, programming and community engagement. She works with local government, foundations, regional arts centres, other arts organisations and independent artists. She was the 2014 Alcorso Foundation fellow and spent three months examining the enduring integrity of cultural celebrations in southern Italy.

Jo worked on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for seven years where, most recently, she was the Associate Director of Aurora Nova. For three years she was Consultant Producer for The Brave Festival – Against Cultural Exile, in Wroclaw, Poland. Jo has also worked with Sydney Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Venti Lucenti in Florence and Poland’s Teatr Piesn Kozla. She was a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts for three years and a peer assessor for Market Development, Arts Organisations and the 6-year Multi-Artform panels. She sits on a number of other national steering committees and advisory groups.

Jo has developed a reputation for her passionate pursuit of independent arts projects, including her ongoing involvement with regional and remote communities and artists.

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Ms Dunn was a public servant in South Australia and the Northern Territory for 23 years, holding the positions of Public Service Board Commissioner, Director of the Department of Local Government and Chief Executive Officer of the Departments of Arts & Cultural Heritage and Family & Community Services.  She also spent a period as the CEO of the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne.

Anne has for 25 years operated as a freelance presenter and facilitator. She works extensively in the fields of the arts, rural and regional issues, local government and public sector planning and has a passionate commitment to reconciliation with and respect for Indigenous peoples.

Her experience covers a broad range of significant board appointments including as chair of the Australian Government’s Regional Women’s Advisory Council, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Director of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and chair of the South Australian Health Performance Council.

She is a conference speaker and performer and is known for her characters Ms Sheila Presley, Madame Rose and Mayor Rita Rodeo. She remains a practicing community artist.


David Dwyer is the Director Community Services at Dubbo Regional Council.  In this role he manages an extensive portfolio including Cultural Services, the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, The Old Dubbo Gaol Museum, Social Services, Recreation Services, Health Services, Library Services, Child Care, Sister City Relationships and Cemeteries.

With over 39 years experience in local government at Newcastle City, Singleton Shire, Deniliquin Municipal and Dubbo Councils he has a wealth of knowledge on government / community relationships. David has graduate and post graduate qualifications in local government from Charles Sturt University.  David has overseen the cultural development of Dubbo since the early 1990s and has been involved in significant projects such as the construction and initial staffing and management of the Western Plains Cultural Centre and Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre; the development of Dubbo Cultural Plans; the establishment of a Dubbo Cultural Forum; the commencement of a Multicultural Festival; close involvement in the initial establishment of Orana Arts; and providing advice and guidance to numerous local cultural organisations.  David has a passion for grass roots cultural development and providing support and assistance to community groups to achieve their aspirations.


Gwen’s exhibition work celebrates nature with understated technique and eloquent forms. What began as a passion for weaving with natural materials has become, for her, a language with which to explore texture and form in familiar landscapes.

Gwen has exhibited widely in Tasmania and on the mainland since the New Tasmanian Baskets exhibition at the Crafts Council Gallery in 1985. Her work was included in Response to the Island during the first 10 Days on the Island Festival and the survey exhibition Woven Forms which opened at Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design. Gwen’s work is represented in the collections of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

Gwen is interested in the ecologies and cultures that inform her understanding of materials and techniques. The process of making stimulates her thinking as do the people she meets through her involvement in community arts and teaching.

Her practice is constantly re-informed by the environment in which she lives and works.  Gwen is a member of Southern Beaches Regional Arts in Tasmania and is a lead artist in the Tasmanian Regional Arts project Waterlines.

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Linda Elliott is an artist, curator and educator and has been working in regional galleries since 1999. Linda is currently employed at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery as the Curator: Education and Public Programs providing public programs and educational activities for the variety of visitors to the gallery. Linda also facilitates the Volunteer Gallery Guides and the Print Outreach program KaPOW!. KaPOW! is a tailored educational program of print-making techniques and community engagement conducted at regional and rural primary schools. Linda enjoys the opportunity to curate public programs and learning opportunities for audiences to engage with touring, inhouse and semi-permanent exhibitions.


Wesley Enoch is the Director of Sydney Festival and previously the Director of Queensland Theatre Company (2010-15).

He has directed six projects for Sydney Festival over the past 15 years: Black Diggers (2014), I am Eora (2012), Nargun and the Stars (2009), The Sapphires (2005), Eora Crossing (2004) and The Sunshine Club (2000).

He has been the Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra in Brisbane (1994-97) and Ilibijerri in Melbourne (2003-04), Resident Director for Sydney Theatre Company (2000-01), Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir (2006-08), a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House (2003-2011) and a director of the Indigenous section of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. He has worked with almost every major theatre company and festival in the country and toured shows internationally.


Delwyn Everard is the Deputy Director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, the national community legal centre for the arts. She is a passionate advocate for a society that promotes justice for artists and values their creative contribution. A major focus of her work is Arts Law’s specialized indigenous advocacy and advice service “Artists in the Black” which provides legal and business support to a wide range of artistic and cultural projects within Indigenous communities, assisting creators and arts organisations artists across all art forms. Delwyn believes that a vibrant and sustainable creative sector in Australia is central to the growth of a rich and diverse culture. At Arts Law she works to equip artists across the creative spectrum – whether as writers, filmmakers, visual artists, multimedia practitioners, performers, musicians or other creators – with the skills and knowledge to pursue their creative endeavours and protect their rights.

Jim Everrett

Jim Everett – puralia meenamatta was born at Flinders Island, Tasmania in 1942.  He is from the clan plangermairreenner of the Ben Lomond people, a clan of the Cape Portland nation in North-east Tasmania.  Jim left primary school at 14 years to start work.  His working life includes 15 years at sea as a fisherman and merchant seaman, Australian Regular Army for 3 years, and over 50 years formal involvement in the Aboriginal Struggle.  He has a long history in the public service in Aboriginal Affairs, and has traveled Australia visiting many remote Aboriginal communities.  Jim began writing poetry at an early age.  He wrote his first play, We Are Survivors, in 1984, produced and directed, and acted in it.  His written works now include plays, political and academic papers and short stories. Jim has produced and been associate producer in many documentary films.  He is published in 10 major anthologies. Jim lives on Cape Barren Island writing and maintaining involvement in cultural arts nationally.


Gina Fairley is the National Visual Arts Editor for ArtsHub and is committed to promoting conversations about regional arts online. She has worked as a curator, writer and arts manager in the US, Asia and Australia, and started her career in the regional gallery sector. She has lectured internationally on effective art writing for artists, and has contributed to art magazines from Bangladesh to Turkey, Singapore to Sydney.


Kate Fielding builds creative platforms for intercultural conversations. She is a cultural strategist, a writer of narrative non-fiction and an advocate for social change hairdressing. Kate was a 2014-2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

She has worked throughout Australia, including several years living and working in very remote desert Australia. Kate has an ongoing involvement with the arts and cultural community in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As part of her Churchill Fellowship she visited social change hairdressing salons around the world in 2013. She is now based in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. 

Kate is the Chair of Regional Arts Australia and a Board Member of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission.

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Chris Flood is a Tasmanian artist with a passionate curiosity for history, time exploration and cultural ideals. Flood’s gestural abstract paintings, sculpture and wearable art reflect his unique perspectives of the worlds we live and learn in. Flood’s works are held in both national and international collections; he has also been guest artist in remade fashion shows and taught creative techniques at various local schools where he relishes the chance to enable learning and understanding through art.

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David was appointed to the new position of Executive Director for Four Winds in September 2015.  Four Winds is an international arts organisation based in Bermagui on the far south coast of rural New South Wales.  Four Winds is using its 25 years of experience to springboard the organisation to a year round program of activity utilising its newly completed, exceptional performance spaces.  David’s remit is focussed on creating an inclusive vibrant year round program which reflects the organisation’s commitment to Music, Nature and Shared Creativity – as well as building a sustainable organisation for the future.

David was General Manager of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Australia’s most established choral organisation and worked with Music Director Brett Weymark to deliver landmark events such as Chorus Oz and the first signed performances of Handel’s Messiah in Sydney Opera House.

David originates from the UK where particular achievements include the development and management of the PRS for Music Foundation – the UK’s largest funder for new music, and the development of Sound and Music – a national agency for new music and sonic art.  He also held position of Senior Producer for the Contemporary Music Network in the UK.

Until appointed to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in early 2014, David was Director of Arts at Dartington (UK) – a rural centre for the Arts Sustainability and Social Justice and trustee of South West Music School (UK).

David studied singing at Guildhall School of Music and Drama following his graduation from University of Kent.  He recently completed The ‘One Planet’ MBA at Exeter Business School.  He is a Fellow of the UK’s Clore Leadership Programme and Royal Society for the Arts.


Bringing experience in artistic leadership, curatorial practice and as a widely published art writer, Blair French joined the MCA in 2013. Originally from New Zealand, and with a professional background also in the UK, Blair first arrived in Sydney in 1995 and has worked at the Australian Centre for Photography, as Associate Director of Performance Space and was Executive Director of Artspace Visual Arts Centre from 2006 until 2013.

Blair holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney and has lectured at the University of Waikato; the University of New South Wales; and at the University of Western Sydney. He was President of Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (CAOs), a formal nationwide network of contemporary art spaces, from 2006 until 2009.

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Claudie Frock is the Learning Officer, performative Tour Guide (Character) Peggy Popart and Community Engagement Facilitator for the 2015 Hiromi Tango : Art Magic : Remnant at Lismore Regional Gallery. Claudie also works as a creative consultant, producer and performer for 100 Wonder Place and Roundabout Theatre who produce the 2015 family friendly community arts event Arty Party in partnership with LRG and Lismore City Council. Claudie is a visual and performing artist, graduating with a BA Visual Arts (Honours) and Dip Ed from Southern Cross University 2002. Claudie’s artwork has been exhibited in Australia, Japan, Lithuania and South Korea.

Scott Gamble

Scott  has worked extensively as a television producer and director, creating factual, entertainment and arts programming for Australian and International broadcasters. In 2015, Scott was Executive Producer of Warwick Gold Rodeo, the ABC’s first foray into VR storytelling. Scott is currently the Manager of Audience Content & Partnerships for ABC Regional. This role includes managing ABC Open, a project that invites everyday Australians to collaborate with professional producers to develop content for broadcast and publishing across the ABC.


With John Connell (Sydney University), Gordon Waitt (Wollongong University), Jim Walmsley (UNE) and Andrew Gorman-Murray (UWS) I led Australia’s largest investigation on the contributions of festivals to social and economic life in rural and regional communities (ARC Discovery Grant 2005-2009; http://festivalsproject.uow.edu.au/index.html). The research involved the participation of over 400 festivals and spawned many books and articles spanning economic geography, history, rural sociology, cultural and gender studies. My collaboration with John Connell on this project continues. Our latest book stems from our work over a decade with the iconic Parkes Elvis Festival. Published by NewSouth, Outback Elvis is to be launched in January 2017.

Courtney Gibson

Courtney Gibson is the CEO of Screen NSW, the funding body which serves the state that’s home to 60% of Australia’s production companies. A senior Australian media executive with a background in TV commissioning and production, Courtney has served in roles including Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV, Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV, Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Endemol Australia and Commissioning Editor in Documentary at SBS TV.


Kim V. Goldsmith is a professional communicator and multi-media artist who has worked in regional NSW for past 25 years. She has been based near Dubbo since coming to the city with ABC Radio in 1992. Kim has worked across a range of regional sectors as a media and marketing communications specialist, including the arts, tourism, regional development, rural industries and the natural resources sector. She spent 18 months as Orana Arts’ first project/publicity officer and then acting RADO (2004/05). In 2004, Kim co-established regional artist collective, Fresh Arts Inc., as well as forging a solo career for herself over the following years, showing digital media and installation works at the Western Plains Cultural Centre and at Cementa_15, as well as several small commercial galleries and artist-run spaces across regional NSW. She’s active in the Dubbo Filmmakers Group and coordinator of the Bring to Light Projects, established in 2014. Kim has brought her together her skills and interests as project manager of the new BOOMDubbo initiative started in August 2015 to commission and promote public artworks and events that would increase the value and vibrancy of Dubbo’s CBD. BOOMDubbo works with artists, business and property owners, local government and community.

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Andrew has worked as a leader in cultural development at a national, regional and community level. His work in the national cultural institutions of the Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy and the National Film and Sound Archive focused on engaging diverse audiences in Australia’s cultural history and heritage. As the regional arts development officer for South East Arts Andrew has supported and developed the cultural life of the region, across a diverse range of art forms. This has included touring live performances, creative industries support for visual artists, strategic development for museums, commissioning theatre and music performances, and initiating a range of creative partnerships with a range of local, state and national organisations.

Ryan is the Series Concept Creator and a Producer of Cleverman Series 1 and 2.  Ryan joined the film industry straight after obtaining his Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Media Arts and Production at UTS. Since then he has participated in the online component of the Digital Emmy winning Scorched and is a recipient of the AFC (Screen Australia) Producers Initiative Program. Ryan has worked at the ABC across shows including Good Game, Playschool and Message Stick. Ryan’s goals in the industry are to bring the rebirth of Genre back to Australia, inspired by 1950’s cinema all they way through to 80’s genre films: Ryan wants to tell similar stories to those he was drawn to growing up. Recently Ryan wrote and directed the short film You Turn which received a special mention for writing at the Sydney Film Festival.  He was a Director’s Attachment on two episodes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Producer’s Intern on the box office hit film The Sapphires.


Tony Grybowski is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council for the Arts. Since taking on the role in 2013, Tony has led the Council through its most significant period of reform, resulting in a new arts funding model and approach to strategic arts development.

Tony’s twenty-five year career in the arts has included leadership roles with a broad range of arts organisations, as well as arts policy work in state and federal government bodies.

In the arts sector Tony has held management roles with the Victorian Arts Centre, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia and the Australian Youth Orchestra. With over a decade working in government bodies Tony’s experience includes arts policy development and program delivery in the Victorian Government and five years as Executive Director Arts Organisations with the Australia Council, before taking on the role of Chief Executive.

Tony’s undergraduate studies were in music and education at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Masters of Arts Administration from the University of Technology Sydney and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to working in Government, Tony served on a range of arts Boards and Committees, including the contemporary music ensemble Elision, Youth Music Australia, Arts NSW Music Committee and the advisory Board for the Australian National University Institute for the Arts.


Sarah Gürich has been the Curator at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery since 2005. Sarah’s roles at BRAG include developing and delivering the Gallery’s highly respected program of exhibitions, and managing the celebrated Hill End Artists in Residence Program.  Recent curatorial projects include: the Bathurst Possum Skin Cloak Project (2015), BRAG 200X200 (2015), Rosemary Valadon: A Sensual Life (2016), Mandy Martin: Home Ground (2016). Between curatorial roles at BRAG, Sarah was the inaugural Exhibitions Manager at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (2012- 2014) where she oversaw development of the new Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, and was instrumental in program and policy development, recruitment, and community engagement for the new Centre.

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Esther Gyorki is the Program Coordinator of the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF), a funding platform for Australian artists and arts organisations. She has worked with hundreds of artists and organisations Australia wide to develop and implement their fundraising strategies through the ACF. Esther has previously worked for a diverse range of arts organisations nationally including the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Warmun Art Centre, Creative Victoria and Melbourne Art Fair.


Karen specialises in community engagement and education in the sciences and more recently, in the arts. Before coming to Australia in 2002 Karen worked as a design engineer focussing on assistive devices, including robots, for people with disabilities. Since being in Australia, Karen has taught science in high schools and worked as an education office. In her current role as Education Officer for the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Karen has helped develop and implement a number of community engagement initiatives including teaching children how to code and involving them in real projects to engage wider audiences in social history.

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Bradley Hammond is Collections Manager at Orange Regional Gallery and Curator of Arts and Health at Orange Health Service. In this role he oversees the installation of various art projects and collections at the combined Mental Health and General Health facilities. A significant aspect of this includes installations of Orange Regional Gallery’s permanent collection throughout Orange Health Service.

He was previously Education and Public Programs Officer at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and is passionate about the various ways in which the arts can facilitate education and well-being.

He has curated a number of exhibitions including Themes and Variations: Australian Drawings from the Art Gallery of New South Wales for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2009 and Chroma: The Jim Cobb Gift for Orange Regional Gallery in 2015.

He writes occasionally for Artist Profile Magazine and has also published in LOOK magazine. He is a practicing visual artist who has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Bathurst, London, Essen, Lyon and Johannesburg.

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Chrisjohn Hancock trained at NIDA and St John’s College Rippon in the UK He has worked as an actor, director and drama teacher professionally around Australia, Scotland and throughout Europe. Since 1992, he has been Artistic Director of the Lieder Theatre Company (est 1891)and instigator and co-ordinator of the Lieder Youth Theatre Company. He has directed over 100 productions for the Company. He has taken community and youth theatre productions to international theatre festivals in the Czech Republic, Holland, UK, S.Korea and America. Attended 3 Asian Regional Theatre conferences in Singapore and Chunchon City delivering papers on regional theatre in Oz. Currently a partner with the Caravan Next project from Poland due for presentations in 2018 In 2010, he created a production called The Colour Play specifically for young children which toured to local primary schools and overseas to Monaco, Spain and the USA. Chrisjohn attended ASSITEJ conferences in Rostov on Don and Adelaide, and international festivals in Monaco (2009) and Florida (2010, 2014). He is a member of IATA/AITA an international network of community theatre companies that promote education and understanding through drama.

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Brad Haseman is Professor and Assistant Dean (Academic) for the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. From 2006 to 2011 Brad was the Assistant Dean (Research) and from 2001 to 2005 he held the position of Head of Postgraduate Research Studies. Brad also served as Head of Drama in the Academy of the Arts from 2004-2007.

Formerly a drama teacher and advisor in Queensland secondary schools Brad Haseman has worked as a teacher and researcher for over 30 years pursuing his fascination with the aesthetics and forms of contemporary performance and pedagogy. He is known as a passionate advocate for the arts in Australian schools and served for more than a decade on committees concerned with the provision and delivery of the arts in Queensland schools.

Brad is recognised for his contribution to the fields of educational drama, process drama and applied performance. In recent years he has been an invited keynote speaker and workshop leader in Singapore, Canada, Norway, The Netherlands and Austria. His work also takes him throughout the Pacific where he has taught and given workshops in the Solomon Islands, PNG and Kiribati in the Central Pacific.

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Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks, Sydney.  Since commencing in 2012, Lisa Havilah has implemented an ambitious contemporary multi-arts program that is unrelenting in its support of artists.

Under her leadership Carriageworks has experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth which has resulted in Carriageworks becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia.

Previously, she was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, where under her directorship, the Centre pioneered an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities through the process of producing contemporary art.

She has been named one of the top 100 influential people of Sydney and in 2014 was awarded FBi’s prestigious SMAC of the year.

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Director at Murray Art Museum Albury, Jacqui led the redevelopment of the regional gallery for Albury City Council that was relaunched as Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) in 2015 exceeding all attendance expectations. It is now is one of the state’s largest and best equipped exhibition spaces with AAA-quality climate and exhibition standards. MAMA has the capacity to stage major national and international exhibitions and house large-scale installations such as 3D and 2D sculpture and paintings.


Verity Higgins, has worked as a director, actor, producer, and teacher in performing arts. She has directed for festivals, theatre companies. tertiary institutions, & as a freelance artist and received awards for screenwriting, directing, acting and project management.

In 2005 Verity worked in the UK as Associate Director for North Country Theatre. On returning to Australia she took up a position of Regional Arts Development Officer with Regional Arts Victoria, based in Ballarat. In this position she produced a range of arts projects including the Central Highlands Virtual Choir and Fresh & Salty- resulting in a large geoglyph on the dry bed of Lake Wendouree.

Verity also directed and produced a documentary about the Sweet Mona’s choir The Big Sing, which was acquired and broadcast on the ABC in 2010, and in 2011 she directed a new play, Shift, for Arts Upper Hunter about the impact of mining in the region.

Since returning to freelance work in August 2013 Verity has directed for the Ganberra Academy of Dramatic Art, performed in plays and films, produced documentaries on the Small Town Transformation Program for Regional Arts VICtoria and developed a new inunersive theatre work based oo pioneering mountaineer Freda Du Faur, The Freda Experience, which had sell out seasons at Castlemaine Festival and NatiFrinj 2015.

She has been working with ACT-Natimuk since 2014 on the company’s producing pilot initiative Made in Natimuk (MiN).

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Jayne Holland has extensive experience in community art and cultural development in the Far West region of South Australia for Country Arts SA and the District Councils of Streaky Bay and Ceduna for thirteen years. She is a leader and adviser for Far Western regional communities in South Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) artists, in developing and implementing community cultural and visual art projects that enhance artistic and cultural wellbeing while exploring and preserving ancient cultures, traditions and connection to Country. A resource, leader, adviser and ‘enabler’ for her regional communities, Jayne assists them to develop their vision in arts and culture and to reach their artistic aspirations. Visual arts and community cultural development projects that provide opportunity for creative, artistic and cultural exchange with great outcomes is an intrinsic part of her work.


Professor Debbie Horsfall is a passionate leader in the field of arts-based inclusive, democratic, qualitative research in health, human services and community development. She has pioneered photo-voice in end of life, aged care and mental health research, writing creatively and performance ethnography in social care and community work. Her transformative agenda privileges people’s voices during a myriad of challenging life events. As a result of her extensive  work in the area of arts-based community development and practice based research she has served on several editorial boards, co-edited and contributed to 4 scholarly research books,  and is continually approached as a reviewer across disciplinary fields. Over a period of 14 years Debbie has supervised over 35 higher degree research students many of whom used creative methods in their research and thesis presentation and who trailblazed the rise in non-traditional theses in Australia thus enlarging what counts as knowledge in the academy. Working with peak body service providers her current work uses photography and narrative to empower people living with complex mental health issues to develop visual and oral narratives about their journeys of recovery.

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Barb has worked with the Western Australian Goldfields community in the creative industries since emigrating from New Zealand in 1998.

Barb has developed outstanding leadership qualities and takes the time to build strong relationships and a shared vision to create exceptional outcomes. She thrives working in teams, inspiring and encouraging people to reach their full potential and show up as leaders. Barb has a well-developed business knowledge gained from her experience working in a range of creative businesses and non-government organisations and she knows what it takes to succeed.  Barb also possesses a spirit of adaptability and resilience and understands the creative capacity of communication to transform reality.

Barb currently works for Country Arts WA as the Focus Region Manager. She has developed a five-year arts and culture strategic plan for the Goldfields-Esperance region and she implemented an innovative leadership and skills development program to foster local capacity to produce arts projects of excellence. Barb’s area of research interest lies at the nexus between indigenous cultural knowledge and the understanding of land and environmental sustainability.


Scott Howie has been contributing to the cultural landscape of the Riverina over 18 years as an artist, arts educator and arts administrator.  Currently the Executive Officer of Eastern Riverina Arts, Howie also maintains an artistic practice in durational performance, installation and theatre. Previously he has been a lecturer in theatre design at CSU, the creative producer and manager at Griffith Regional Theatre, and the artistic director of Riverina Young People’s Theatre and his own company Jibshot.


Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, is one of Australia’s leading directors, acknowledged internationally for fresh interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. She is equally recognised for progressive artistic leadership, most recently as Festival Director for Sydney Festival (2010-2012) and Perth International Arts Festival (2004-2007), and before that as Artistic Director of OzOpera, Victoria State Opera and West Australian Opera.

As a director she has created over 50 major productions across Australasia and internationally: Opera Australia, New Zealand Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper (Berlin), Opera Theatre St Gallen (Switzerland), Handel Festspiele Halle, Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Houston Grand Opera and Leipzig Opera; and has won several prestigious awards, including Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Director for the World Première of Richard Mills’ Batavia.

A passionate advocate for regional arts, Lindy is a former board member of South East Arts (Chair) and Regional Arts NSW. The University of Western Australia awarded Lindy Hume the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in 2007.

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Skinder Hundal is CEO of New Art Exchange (NAE) since launching in September 2008. He has successfully led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development, achieving a strong reputation for the black cubed venue and Hyson Green an inner city neighbourhood in Nottingham – championing cultural diversity on a local to global level.

He is passionate about supporting new talent, ‘creating incredible encounters’, and rethinking and improving how the arts and cultural ecology works. He has successfully delivered and negotiated many complex, large-scale projects, including the flagship pavilion, Doug Fishbone’s Leaisure Land Golf, at Venice Biennale #56, NESTA Digital Arts R&D project – Culture Cloud, British Art Show 7 Nottingham and presented artists at TED Global and the Google Cultural Institute.

Skinder is a member of Arts Council England’s Midland’s Area Board, a Board trustee at Primary Artist Studios and is Executive Producer for EM17 a Midlands based arts consortium presenting a pavilion at Venice Biennale and Executive Producer for the ‘Here There and Everywhere’ India/UK partnership.

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Darlene Johnson is one of Australia’s talented Indigenous filmmakers. She is from the Dunghutti tribe of the mid north coast of New South Wales. Johnson graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) at the University of Technology (Sydney) specialising in Indigenous and Post-Colonial Cinema. In 2007, Darlene graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School with a Master of Arts (Honours) specialising in Screenwriting and Directing for Film and Television.

Darlene’s most recent films include The Redfern Story (2014) and Bluey (2015).


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Karl Johnstone is from the East Coast tribes of Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Ngai Tamanuhiri. Until recently, Karl was the director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, which – alongside its expansive international programme – operates the national Māori arts schools. He now runs his own consultancy specialising in cultural strategy, and concept and content development.

Karl was formally trained in fine arts and education and has worked in the cultural heritage sector for 20 years, including seven years at New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa.

He has developed a dynamic and innovative leadership approach to the culture and heritage projects he leads. His experience, networks and unique ability to apply and facilitate customary concepts, values and thinking in contemporary environments are the secret to the success of his many projects.

Karl has been responsible for developing numerous national and international initiatives, all underpinned by traditional knowledge and Māori tribal perspectives.


Kerry-Anne has over 25 years’ experience as an economic and community development practitioner in Federal, State and Local Government and regional development organisations in both NSW and Victoria. She has extensive experience in project planning and management across large geographic regions and has a particular passion for community development and the role creative industries can play in reviving small towns.

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Henk Keizer is Co-Coordinator of Rural Routes, a growing network of artists concerned about the transitions that take place in European rural areas. Keizer’s previous Directoral roles in his home country of the Netherlands include the annual Oerol cultural festival on the island of Terschelling; renowned site-specific theatre company Dogtroep; and the Treaty of Utrecht Cultural Program. Keizer is also the founder of Leeuwarden2018 (European Capital of Culture). Keizer, now an independent consultant, works across Europe developing and curating programs and projects with clients that include Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Peergroup theatre company (Netherlands), Grasslands/Aarhus 2017, Teater-Island Copenhagen (Denmark), and Elefsina 2021 (Greece).

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Jane Kreis (MA PhD) is the Director of Theatre Network NSW. Jane has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian arts & cultural industry. She lives with her family in Grafton on NSW’s North Coast and travels extensively in her Theatre Network NSW role which focuses on building capacity and confidence across the NSW theatre sector. Previously the Executive Office with the Arts North West regional arts development organisation, she consults for other organisations including Regional Arts NSW, Grafton Regional Gallery, & Arts Mid North Coast and thrives on being part of a dynamic, supportive community. Jane specialises in sustainable, creative practice in Australian arts. Her 2010 research entitled “Together Alone: Conditions for Sustainability in Australian Independent Theatre”​ was carried out with the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong. This non-economic framework and her career experience underpin much of her current role with the Theatre Network of NSW. Jane’s career is driven by her desire to learn and engage particularly through collaborative, creative processes and the strong partnership and action-led outcomes such processes produce. Jane worked for over 10 years as an actor/director, but her research degrees and experience in French and journalism are equally important to her arts & cultural career. Her previous research and publications (under her O’Donnell maiden name) include “The Actor’s Journey: Key Principles of Performance Presence”​ & “Distance and the Press: A Case Study of New Caledonia”.

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Sarah Last is an artist and curator with interests in the interdisciplinary arts, the arts of sound, experimental ‘live’ arts and the rural/regional context. She is the founder and Artistic Director/CEO of ‘The Wired Lab’, an artist-led organisation that in 2007/08 received the inaugural and prestigious ‘ArtLab’ grant from the Australia Council for the Arts ‘Inter Arts’ Board.

The Wired Lab specialises in the exploration of emerging and experimental art forms from a rural/regional context, and endeavours to connect communities with the arts in new ways. Since 2008 The Wired Lab has provided art form and skills development opportunities for regional communities and artists from around Australia. 

Sarah signature curatorial work creates site-specific ‘landscape scale’ events/happenings that physically (and philosophically) traverse large areas, collaborates with communities and incorporates unconventional spaces. These projects explore the nuances and pluralities of rural/regional communities and the unique contexts these create for emerging and experimental art forms. Sarah’s body of work has been instrumental to national/international recognition of rigorous art practices emanating from the regional Australian context. In 2012 Sarah’s ‘Southern Encounter’ project presented at the regional Arts Australia Conference in Goolwa (SA) won an unprecedented 2 APRA/AMC Art Music Excellence awards. 

Prior to The Wired Lab Sarah was a member of Wagga Space Program and Curator of the now legendary ‘unsound’ festivals. From 2008-2010 Sarah was ‘Embracing Sound’ Program Manager for Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT). She was also Director of Booranga Writers Centre (WW) from 2003-2007 and served various Curatorial and Management roles for Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (2000-2003).


Alicia has a colourful background that includes broad international experience in the visual arts world. Born in Cuba, Alicia grew up and has lived much of her life in New York City. She became very interested in fine art when studying Art History as an undergraduate at Rutgers University.  A few years working as an investment banker sent her back to school for her Masters in 17th Century Spanish Art at Syracuse University.

Alicia went on to work in several creative industries such as, a manager for a commercial arts publication. as an art dealer, and commercial gallery director. As Director of Arcadia Gallery of Fine Arts in New York, Alicia brokered the sale of many exclusive artworks and managed a client list that reads like a who’s-who of America’s rich and famous!

Alicia met her Australian husband in NYC and the couple eventually decided to move to Australia to raise their family. After 2 years in Sydney the family moved to the Orana region.  Now her focus is on regional arts and the expansion and support of the artists from the Orana region.  Her emphasis is on brokering opportunities through strategic partnerships and project development. Her focus is also on enriching and supporting our communities with the development of the arts with a concentration on growing audiences for all art forms.

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Julian Louis is an Australian theatre director, dramaturg and Artistic Director. He is a graduate of CSU Bathurst Theatre Media, NIDA Director’s course and trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier (London).

Julian has created work across a range of art-forms including physical theatre, children’s theatre, opera and community art projects and large scale site-specific works.

Based in Lismore, NSW, Julian is the Artistic Director of NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), which is a leading theatre company shaping contemporary performance from regional Australia. NORPA creates site – specific, devised and original theatre that connects to the region and community through its process, and by staging works outside the conventional theatre models. NORPA presents an annual Season, made up of original productions, national and international touring works and community cultural events.

For NORPA, Julian conceived and directed Railway Wonderland (2012/2015), performed on Lismore’s disused railway train station, which is NORPA’s biggest selling production in 22 years. He has also conceived and directed Engine, and The Bloody Bride for NORPA. As the Artistic Director of NORPA he commissioned My Radio Heart (a co-production with Urban Theatre Projects), Open House and The Home Project which was one of eight works that represented Australia at The Prague Quadrennial Festival of Space and Design. Most recently Julian was collaborator and core creator of Cockfight, a dance theatre work with THE FARM.

Julian directed The 13 Storey Treehouse which premiered at the Sydney Opera House and subsequently became the Artistic Director of the immensely popular Treehouse series (including The 26 Storey Treehouse and The 52 Storey Treehouse) which have all toured extensively across Australia.

Julian’s current works in development at NORPA include a new site-specific work Dreamland, and is Director (along with Rhoda Roberts) of Three Brothers, a contemporary new work expressing Bundjalung culture and story.

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Georgia MacGuire is an Wurundjeri artist based in the Central Goldfields of Victoria. Having grown up in Canberra in the 1980s, Georgia developed a strong interest in art, politics and human rights. This interest led to a 15-year career in the community sector, where she traveled Australia to work with women, young people, children and families. In 2000, Georgia moved to Melbourne to rekindle a sense of belonging to the places her mother and grandmother had been raised and lived. In reconnecting with her family’s origins, Georgia decided to redirect her humanitarian passion into a full-time art practice. Georgia completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Deakin University) in 2014. Since completing her degree, Georgia has had solo and group shows, and was recently featured in the 2015 Indigenous edition of Artlink Magazine. In 2015 Georgia traveled to the USA and Canada to exhibit and work with other feminist art professionals. Her multi-disciplinary practice is derivative of a post colonial feminist perspective, and is driven by a desire to communicate her experiences of the human condition. Georgia is currently working with other artists on developing an Indigenous Women’s art network called Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini (Mother, Aunty, Sister, Daughter).

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Victoria is General Manager Organisation and Culture at the Alexandrina Council, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula and is responsible for Council’s partnership with Country Arts SA which has seen the South Australia’s third Regional Centre of Culture in 2012 followed by the Australia Council’s Cultural Places Pilot Initiative change the way the community embraces arts in daily life. Responsible for Governance, Strategy, Finance, Communications, Libraries, Customer Service, Human Resources, Risk Management, Tourism, Events and Arts & Culture, Victoria is overseeing change within the daily operations of the Council which are ensuring that commitment to arts is reaping tangible rewards. She has over 20 years experience in Local Government having worked with a number of Councils across the State, along with the Local Government Association of SA. Victoria’s expertise and interests are in the areas of governance, performance management, strategic planning, community engagement and organisational development. Victoria is currently a Board Member of Local Government Professionals SA, and a National Director for Local Government Professionals Australia.

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Paul MacPhail is one of Western Australia’s leading arts managers. He has been providing leadership and direction to companies and projects big and small in Western Australia for thirty years. Working primarily in the fields of youth, regional and Indigenous performing arts, Paul was instrumental in setting up both Southern Edge Arts in Albany and Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Corporation. He was the founding General Manager of Yirra Yaakin for 17 years, working with the Indigenous community to develop skills and confidence in all aspects of theatre and arts administration and was awarded the 2003 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for this work. In another life he has written and directed theatre for young people including Magna Sonic, Amy’s Monster, The Midnight Gang and Starlight Starbright. Paul also ran his own consultancy Get Art Done with his partner Meredith Warne and amongst other projects successfully delivered one of Australia’s largest arts gatherings, the Regional Arts Australia Summit in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 2014. Paul’s association with Country Arts WA began in 2004 when he served six years as a Director, including three years as Treasurer before becoming General Manager in 2009, then CEO in 2016,

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Rose is the Families Programs Coordinator at the NGA and a qualified Visual Art teacher who has worked as an educator and program producer in galleries, universities, schools, aged care facilities and disabilities services.

She has a strong background working with children and families to deliver creative and engaging programs. Rose is a practising artist and designer with skills in design, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, book making and zines. In addition to her work at the NGA she is the principal artist and owner of KickYourMaster Studio which has delivered a diverse array of community arts projects for the past 20 years.

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Philippa Maughan is the Manager, Performing Arts Touring at Country Arts WA. Philippa joined Country Arts WA in 2007 and has been responsible for national and state touring as well as a guarantee–against–loss funding program. She was responsible for implementing Country Arts WA’s remote touring pilot program touring Aboriginal artists to the central desert region of Australia, a project which has been very successful and is now in its eighth year. As Manager, Philippa is responsible for the implementation of the strategic direction of the touring program as well as for sourcing funding and reporting to funding bodies and is the Western Australian representative on the RAA’s Regional and Remote Touring Advisory Group. Prior to returning to returning to university to obtain a second arts degree, Philippa worked extensively in corporate administration.

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Steve has lent his skills as a director, dramaturg, writer, sound artist, creative producer or general manager for individual artists projects, companies and festivals including Urban Myth, Riverland Youth Theatre, Junction Theatre, Brink Productions, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Restless Dance, Larissa McGowan, Sydney Dance Company, The Border Project, isthisyours? The WIRED Lab, Punctum Inc, post and Sandpit. His work has been seen from small regional venues to large capital city festivals. He is currently Creative Producer at Country Arts SA and the co-founder of PADA (Performance & Art Development Agency) with Vitalstatistix’s Emma Webb. He was the Artistic Director of Kumuwuki / Big Wave the 2012 Regional Arts Australia Conference held in Goolwa, South Australia.

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Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, an artist led organisation based in the Riverina, which creates an international program of new, immersive and experimental work guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and place. He explores experimental and contemporary arts practice in partnership with diverse community sectors.

Vic was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia and the recipient of the Inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship 2014/16.  He is exploring a major arts/health project in the UK working with Manchester University and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital working towards the use of contemporary arts in trauma reduction.

Vic’s practice involves working with sound, video, installation and performance, with a particular interest in site-specific work. He is interested in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and localities. 

Vic holds a Masters of Arts Practice (High Distinction), is on the NSW/ACT Arts and Health State Leadership Group and is a board member of Music NSW.

Maz McGann

Maz McGann is a Community and Cultural Development Practitioner and Facilitator with over fifteen years experience working with communities to plan, create and grow. She is well versed on the community arts and cultural development sector both on regional level and also nationally, working in Leadership roles for two national arts bodies over the last two years including the Institute for Creative Health and Creating Australia focusing on advocacy and sector development. Since establishing a consultancy business, Play Your Part, at the end of 2014 Maz has focused on community engagement and strategic planning and development, working with a range of organisations including local governments throughout South Australia, the Queensland Music Festival, Carclew Youth Arts, Country Arts SA, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Tourism Barossa. Working from both a practical and strategic perspective Maz has extensive experience developing community and cultural projects including the management of long-term community engagement projects, public art development, festivals and events, arts and cultural training, exhibitions and cultural planning.


Sandra McMahon grew up in Sydney but has lived and worked in regional NSW for the past 33 years.  She is currently the Co-Director and owner of Weswal Gallery, a commercial gallery in Tamworth.  Prior to this she was the Director of Tamworth Regional Gallery and Manager of the Tamworth Powerstation Museum, the Curator at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, and Gallery Assistant at Helen Maxwell Gallery in Canberra and at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as the Education / Public Programs Officer.  Sandra originally trained as a painter, and was a part-time visual arts teacher at TAFE NSW at Moree, Quirindi and Tamworth Campuses.

Sandra has a Diploma in Visual Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Art History and Curatorship from ANU; Cert IV in Business; Cert IV in Training Assessment and Education; and a Diploma of Management. Recently she has become a registered Art Valuer under the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.


Christine is the Arts and Health Coordinator at Arts OutWest (AOW), an artist and educator. Christine is based at the Bathurst Health Service in New South Wales, Australia where she manages the award winning AOW Arts and Health Program. She is the manager and a co curator of Cementa Inc. the Cementa Contemporary Art Festival in Kandos NSW. Christine has extensive experience in exhibiting in regional galleries and museums in New South Wales, Queensland and Indonesia. She has conducted professional development for teachers at the National Gallery of Australia. Participation in artist residencies in Australia, Indonesia England and France has been integral to her development as an artist. Her work was included in the International ‘Love Lace’ exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Cementa_13 and 15 Contemporary Arts Festival and she in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in 2015 as part of the Curators Department ‘Installation Contemporary’. Orange Regional Art Gallery hosted her survey show in 2015.


Associate Professor Mark McMillan joined the faculty of Melbourne Law School in 2011. He is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW. He was named National NAIDOC Scholar of the year for 2013.

His research interests are in the area of human rights and, in particular, the expression and fulfillment of those rights for Indigenous Australians.

Margret Meagher is Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Arts and Health. Within a career spanning over 45 years in arts marketing communications, arts and health program development and event management, Margret has spent the past two decades committed to promoting the high impact of arts practice on health and wellbeing, including creative ageing. Margret is a strong advocate for arts, health and creative ageing policy development at state and federal level and increased research into the efficacy of arts and health programs for people across the lifespan and encompassing cultural diversity. Margret was instrumental in the formation of the recently established NSW Health and Arts Framework and is a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, with specific responsibility for driving its creative ageing strategy. Margret is responsible for convening the annual international arts and health conference ‘The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing’, now in its 8th year, and held in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW, from 16 to 18 November 2016


Dolla Merrillees was appointed Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in April 2016. Prior to this appointment, Dolla was Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS. She was appointed to this role in January 2014.

Dolla brings a strong track record of curatorial leadership to the role as well as a highly respected reputation for rethinking and representing collections and delivering innovative exhibitions.

She has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent successes which saw a 14% increase in visitation to the Powerhouse Museum in 2015, and over 17 new exhibitions presented. These included a number of Australia exclusives and world premieres.

Dolla is widely published and brings scholarship, national and international partnerships to the position, as well as a strong focus on audiences and opening up opportunities for engagement, participation and access.

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Steve Miller is a Wiradjuri man born in Sydney and raised on homelands in central NSW.

With a background in communications, he has worked in media, marketing, education and cultural programming. Among other achievements he has been National News and Features Editor for B&T Magazine, course lecturer in Aboriginal People in the Media for UTS, Editor of the Australian Law Reporter at UNSW, Communications Consultant to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of the Australia Council, Marketing Manager for Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Editor in Chief for Vibe Australia and immediate past Chairperson of Gadigal Information Service, the home of Koori Radio 93.7FM and Yabun Festival.

During a 10 year period at the Powerhouse Museum he was Education Manager, authored three texts on Aboriginal culture and co ordinated the curatorial content for Our Place, Australia’s touring exhibition to the Athens Cultural Olympiad. He is currently Manager of Aboriginal Projects for Museums & Galleries NSW.


2016 marks Tracie’s tenth year working in the arts and culture sector. Tracie is currently the City of Wagga Wagga’s Cultural Officer of four years, creating and implementing its public art plan and cultural programming. Prior to heading out west, Tracie was the Arts Program Officer at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon Trust where she managed 300 artists per year through the artist residence program and working on events such as Siteworks. Tracie also had two stints managing three Sydney Living Museums – Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Bay House and Hyde Park Barracks, which included coordinating a Sydney Festival site. Tracie has a BA (Art History and Criticism) from Western Sydney University and is passionate about all aspects of art and culture – however is not afraid to show her love of the Cronulla Sharks and Sydney Swifts.


Scotia has a background spanning twenty-five years in movement based theatre, devised performance, and coordination of projects and theatrical productions in Australia and Internationally. She is committed to artistic collaborations which privilege the contributors to develop their art, their audience and the cultural relevance of their work – creating art that changes the way people see their own and others lives. Scotia is a leading Community Arts and Cultural Practitioner with major programs and partnerships developed around the arts and health sector, disability and creative aging, she is currently managing the Creative Recovery Network, building the role of arts and culture in community preparedness and recovery post disaster. The Creative Recovery Network aims to gather, critique, develop and share the knowledge gained nationally and internationally for engagement of the arts in disaster recovery and preparedness, along with developing tools and support for artists working in this field.


Georgia is the Executive Director of Culture Counts Australia. An economist with over ten years consulting experience, Georgia has managed a diverse portfolio of projects for public, private and community sector clients around Australia. She is a founding member of Culture Counts and helped to develop the platform and metrics system in 2011, while working as a senior consultant for Pracsys Economics. She has previously worked in policy development for government. Georgia has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts, and is based in Melbourne.

Kylie Moppett

Kylie has 18 years experience across arts and culture and business, with a particularly unique skill set in cultural development, venue management and curator of community needs. She currently holds the position of Cultural Officer, Gilgandra Shire Council, concurrently raising her young family on a sheep property in Tooraweenah, NSW. Previously, Kylie was the Regional Arts Development Officer for Orana Arts from 2005-2008, then worked on various key arts and cultural development projects in a casual capacity. Kylie has a strong background in venue operations and business development through her key role as Venues Coordinator for Sydney Living Museums and Venue Manager at Volvo Gallery, Sydney CBD. This functioned as a contemporary art gallery encompassing corporate and artistic endeavours from Volvo Car Australia. Kylie believes linking partners in art, venues, events, business and community is essential to ensuring arts and cultural development thrive in regional, rural and remote communities. Kylie was Chair of the Promotions and Economic Development Committee in Gilgandra and is currently involved in many community initiatives in Tooraweenah. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Leisure Studies from the University of New South Wales.

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Dr. Derek Motion has been the Regional Arts Development Officer with Western Riverina Arts for the past three years, working across NSW in the communities of Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith and Murrumbidgee. He was previously the Artistic Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre in Wagga, and has a Doctorate in Creative Writing from Charles Sturt University.

His recent publications / projects include:

– ‘For Prosperity’s Sake’ oral history project. Leeton, 2014/15. NSW Department of Ageing.
– ‘Eco Deco’ workshops / exhibitions. Griffith, Leeton, 2014. Riverina Local Land Services.
– ‘Reimagining the Murrumbidgee’. Curator. Exhibition opened Leeton 2013, Wagga 2014. Riverina Local Land Services.
– ‘Fusion: Recipes and Stories from the Riverina’. Editor. fourW Press, 2013. Regional Arts Fund.
– ‘From the Home Paddock to the Digital Universe’, co-written with Gilbey, D. In Ragusa, A. (Ed.) Rural lifestyles, community well-being and social change: Lessons from country Australia for global citizens. 2013.
– ‘lollyology’. Collection of poetry published on Lulu 2012.

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Djon Mundine is a member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales. Djon has an extended career as a curator, activist, writer, and occasional artist and is reknown as the concept curator for the Aboriginal Memorial installation permanently exhibitedat the National Gallery of Australia. Djon was awarded an OAM in 1993 and was Research Professor at Minpaku Museum of Ethnology in Osaka over 2005-2006. He is currently Indigenous Curator-Contemporary Art at the Campbelltown Art Centre.

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Patrick has created productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St, Griffin Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Opera Australia, New Zealand Opera and all the major Australian capital city festivals. He has also created major outdoor performances for regional arts organisations such as NORPA – The Flood, and the Queensland Music Festival – The Greatest Show on Earth. He was Artistic Director and CEO of Legs On The Wall from 2009 – 2014, creating works that toured Australia, UK, Korea, and Brazil. These included: My Bicycle Loves You for the Sydney and Perth Festivals and The Voyage for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

In 2015 he was awarded an Australia Council Theatre Fellowship to support research into large scale outdoor performance and the relationship between extreme physicality and storytelling. For the past few years he has been working with Arts OutWest and the CORRIDOR project on the Silos Project a new outdoor performance being created with artists and other community members from the Cowra and Canowindra region, scheduled to première at the Canowindra silos and railway precinct in autumn 2017. Patrick is also a member of the NSW / ACT Arts and Health Leadership Group.

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Louisa Norman has worked as a theatre producer for the past 15 years producing theatre in a wide range of contexts, from London’s West end to women’s prisons. Since 2013 she has worked for Country Arts SA in communities across regional South Australia programming theatre, film & audience development initiatives. Prior to relocating to Australia, Louisa worked for some of the UK’s leading theatre companies and venues including Headlong Theatre, Clean Break and Soho Theatre. Between 2007-10 she worked as General Manager at Clean Break theatre company producing shows at Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre , London International Festival of Theatre & in women’s prisons nationwide. In 2009 as a recipient of the Rupert Rhymes Bursary she toured a new Palestinian play to refugee camps in the West Bank. Between 2005-7 she worked as a project manager for Ladder to the Moon in London, producing pioneering interactive theatre residencies in hospitals & care homes and also site-specific devised pieces in found spaces.

Debrah Novak

North Coast cross media reporter Debrah Novak is an award winning regional press photographer who is not only passionate about her craft and film making but also in sharing her knowledge and stories with the wider community.  Three years ago with the help of ABC Open Ms Novak discovered video and through their mentoring process has been enabled to create films that have caught the eye of ABC and BBC.

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Simone O’Brien is a performance maker, writer, teacher and director of circus and physical theatre. Since 2014 she has been the Creative Director of the Spaghetti Circus, in Mullumbimby in northern NSW, one of Australia’s premiere youth arts companies and circus schools and home to the biannual Mullumbimby Circus Festival. From 2006 – 2012, Simone was the Artistic Associate of Legs on the Wall. Simone has worked with Circus Oz and Stalker and one of the founders of seminal aerial company Club Swing. Directing credits include: Bibi Bulak (East Timor, Asialink Residency), VISA Hospitality Lounge (Beijing Olympics) Woodford Folk Festival Closing Ceremony (QLD), Balloon Spectacular, Enlighten Festival (ACT), Circus Oz, Force Majeure, Catapult Youth Circus Festival (Bathurst), the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (Sydney), NICA and NIDA.

lia Pa'apa'a

Lia is a Creative Producer and Community Arts Cultural Development practitioner. Her  innovative grassroots approach to her work with Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islander communities has been showcased through her leadership as the coordinator of Artback NT’s Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP) in the remote community of Borroloola and as the festival director of the past three Contemporary Pacific Arts Festivals at Footscray Community Arts Centre.  Lia has been highly successful in delivering community cultural festivals and projects that focus on community empowerment, capacity building, intergeneration exchange and dynamic programming across art forms.  These projects have allowed artists and communities to showcase their stories, culture and arts practice across urban, regional and remote contexts.

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A ground breaking regional arts entity known as Base Art Inc. is linking the arts with a major health infrastructure project as part of Stages 1 & 2 of the Dubbo Hospital Re-development. The Arts in Healthcare Program will contribute significantly to increasing the exposure of regional people to the arts by showcasing art in the public space of the hospital and linking this to improving the patient experience. The current program is the result of more than two years of work by Base Art Inc. and the group has entered into a successful mix of commercial and community based partnerships, successful government grants and networks within the broader artistic community of Dubbo and the surrounding regions. The program which was launched by Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant in May 2015. The art program received high acclaim at the official opening of stages One and Two on Tuesday January 12, attended by the Premier, Deputy Premier, and Minister for Health and CEO of Health Infrastructure. Feedback included the extent that various projects within the program resonated with the community and the potential for program to have a transformative impact on the patient experience.


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Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University,  a specialist research unit that explores the relationship between creativity, culture, the arts and health. He is a founding member of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and is currently a co-investigator on the Dementia & Imagination project in the UK, which is exploring the links between the visual arts, wellbeing and sense of community. Clive has worked for the National Health Service and voluntary sector supporting people from diverse backgrounds and where possible, putting culture and the arts at the forefront of his work – which focuses on people and their possibilities – not illness and deficit. His public health interest is focused on social justice and inequalities and the unexpected outcomes of arts engagement. He is currently working with partners in Australia, Italy, France, Lithuania and Turkey. Working with people in recovery from substance addiction, he has developed a Recoverist Manifesto and he regularly blogs at: http://artsforhealthmmu.blogspot.co.uk/

Supported by the Australian Centre for Arts & Health


Sarah Parsons is Artistic Director with Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP) and has been involved with theatre for young people for over 15 years. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre and Media), an Honours degree (specialising in Theatre for Young People), and a Bachelor of Teaching (Drama) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Sarah began her professional career by writing, designing, directing, performing in and touring Theatre in Education shows to most of Central West NSW with Stuck in the Mud Productions, a Bathurst-based, touring children’s theatre company she co-established in 2005. She has also worked with youth theatre streams of Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Theatre Company, Jigsaw Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Sarah is fiercely passionate about theatre and arts for young people in rural and remote Australia, and during her career has worked across most of New South Wales.


Louise Partos began as Executive Officer of Artback NT in June 2007. Louise has an extensive background in the not for profit arts and culture sector including project management and cross cultural development. She has worked for many years within communities, particularly Aboriginal and within the museum sector. Previous roles have included: Art Coordinator, Bula’bula Arts, Ramingining; Producer, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre; Melbourne Museum, Curator and Project Coordinator; Indigenous Cultures Department, Museum Victoria; and Art Coordinator, Ernabella Arts.
In 2009, Louise won an AbaF Margaret Lawrence Scholarship which enabled her to undertake professional development at Melbourne Business School, Mt. Eliza Campus. In 2010 Louise won the Deakin Ticketmaster Arts Management Alumni Prize through which she was able to enrol in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, to complete a course entitled Leadership for the 21st Century: Global Change Agents. In 2013 Louise completed an Asialink Arts Management Residency in Baucau, Timor Leste. Working in partnership with a community art centre, Afalyca Arts, Louise delivered Timor Leste’s first ever Music and Art Festival. In 2015, Louise was offered a Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Fellowship and was accepted into the Asialink Leaders Program run throughout the year in Brisbane and Canberra. This is an excellent investment for both Louise personally as well as for the organisation.

Martin Paten

Martin has worked in the Arts since graduating with a Degree in Fine Art (photography) from Victoria College in 1990. Early employment included photographic assignments with book publishers companies and news media including commissioned work for The Age newspaper.

Martin has managed the City of Melbourne’s International Arts and Major Festivals program; overseeing relationships with Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festivals, Midsumma Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival.

In addition to festivals, Martin has managed the City’s Art and Heritage Collection, comprising over 5000 cultural assets valued at over $34 million, Public Art Program including the Laneway Commissions and Melbourne Conversations Program, a series of free public talks on local and global cultural topics. These programs have significantly enhanced Melbourne’s recognition as a city that promotes ideas, discussion and critical debate, and one that transforms its public spaces and buildings to reveal surprising, intimate and astounding, ephemeral and lasting artistic intervention.

Martin Paten has directed the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 Castlemaine State Festivals, taking them to unprecedented levels of creative and financial success and international acclaim.

Martin is currently represented on the Board of Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts Victoria.

Joy Paton

Dr Joy Paton is an artist, academic and art therapy researcher/practitioner. She is currently a Senior Research Associate in the School of Social Science and Psychology at Western Sydney University where she is working on projects with peak body service providers investigating mental health recovery through arts-based methodologies. Joy is enthusiastic about the role of art and nature in personal and collective wellbeing. She has curated a number of exhibitions related to these themes and to issues of social and environmental justice. Joy is also an Honorary Associate in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney where her latest research focuses on problems of poverty and development in the Asia Pacific region. Her co-authored chapter on this topic will appear in the forthcoming book Ethical lssues in Poverty Alleviation (Springer). Amongst other publications, Joy is the author of Seeking Sustainability (Routledge) and co-author of Market Society (Cambridge University Press).

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Ricardo Peach

South Africa

Dr Ricardo Peach is the Director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, a multi-artform arts festival in Mangaung, South Africa. The festival is held annually over a six day period during the second week of July in Bloemfontein, Free State.

In his independent role he developed and is the Director of the Program for Innovation in Artform Development at the Vrystaat Arts Festival and University of the Free State, and assisted as a Festival Partner Consultant for the Australian SituateArt in Festivals initiative (2013-2014).

Previously he managed the Capacity Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts (2014) and was an independent cultural consultant with expertise in research and analysis, project management, program and policy evaluation, social media and strategic business planning.

In 2012 he was the Acting Director of the Inter-Arts Office at the Australia Council for the Arts, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a high level, national experimental arts sector plan.

At the Australia Council (2006-2012) he also commissioned research on arts and creative industry partnerships with the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries; instigated an MOU with UNESCO; developed the Indigenous Experimental Art Fund; developed the Art in Festivals initiative; established the Australia Council’s AlloSphere artist residency at the California NanoSystems Institute in the University of California, Santa Barbara; developed the four year Splendid Young and Emerging Artist initiative with the music festival Splendour in the Grass; and developed the first government supported artist residency in a virtual world.

Ricardo managed national client files such as the multi-cultural touring organisation Kultour and the Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program.

He was also the Coordinator of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy (2011-12), initiating the Diversity of Cultural Expression (DICE) Research Project in partnership with the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney and the UNESCO Office Bangkok  in 2012.

Ricardo was born in Mpumalanga, South Africa and moved with his family to Australia in the 1980s. He currently lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Amanda Peacock

Amanda Peacock is Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Programs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales where she has developed, with Jonathan Jones, the education resources Country, culture, community: an education kit for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art collection and Home: Aboriginal art from New South Wales and the education program Djamu: Indigenous Art Education. She has also worked on over 30 short films as part of the AGNSW Australian Indigenous Artist’s Archive.

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Rita Pearce lives and works in the Sutherland Shire. She is a textile artist who knits and crochets with yarn, including natural and synthetic fibers, and other materials like paper or plastic that she can spin into yarn, to make sculptures or wearable art. She has a particular interest in using her art as a way of engaging with and educating people about dementia in a non-threatening way. She collaborated with fellow artist Pat Pillai in the Neural Knitworks – craft a healthy brain project. Pillai and Pearce have facilitated numerous Knitwork workshops, the most recent include National Science Week Launches at the Australian Museum, Sydney and QUT Library, Brisbane. Previous: Participant in Heritable Acts, (Hazelhust 2006), participant in Sydney Hyperbolic Reef Project (2009), where her work was chosen to promote the project , guest of artist Hiromi Tango in Hiromi Hotel: Moonjellies (Hazelhurst 2013).

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Lucie is the managing editor of local newspaper ‘The Gilgandra Weekly’. She also participated in the 2015 Coo-ee March Re-enactment in the role of media liaison. Lucie grew up in Canberra and moved to Gilgandra two years ago with her husband, who comes from a local farming family. Through her occupation and keen community interest she has watched and participated in many community events marking the centenary of such a historically significant event – the Coo-ee March. Her media liaison role also included documenting the march for print media, radio and television and collecting video and photographic ‘evidence’. This insight into the march re-enactment will become invaluable to its ongoing documentation for the future generations of Gilgandra. Lucie has a background in advertising and media communications, is a volunteer board member on the Gilgandra & District Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) and is the 2016 Gilgandra Young Citizen of the Year.

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Anthony Peluso is the Programs Director at Country Arts SA overseeing the organisation’s programs – Creative Arts, Arts Centres and Marketing. With the CEO, he strengthens the network of stakeholders and partners which support the organisation’s activities in regional South Australia. He joined the organisation in 2008 as the Executive Producer, Performing Arts. Anthony has previously been SA Manager Musica Viva Australia; Music Program Manager, Adelaide Festival of Arts; has worked at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Fanfare Artist Management and managed a number of chamber ensembles. From 2003 – 2007 as Manager, Artistic Planning for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, he helped initiate activities such as the Australian Music Program, an annual Sydney Season and the 2005 tour to Japan.

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Pat Pillai lives and works in the Sutherland Shire, NSW. She thrives on community art projects and combines simple techniques with readily available material to create collaborative sculptural installations. Her work is informed by a career in science and interest in psychology and art therapy. Pillai is the founder and project manager of Neural Knitworks – craft a healthy brain, an Australia wide art engagement project that invites participants to craft textile neurons and find out about neuroscience. With support from Inspiring Australia the project was developed by Pillai in collaboration with textile artist Rita Pearce and a team of volunteer advisors. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery was recently awarded best community engagement program at the IMAGinE Awards, Museums and Galleries NSW for Neural Knitworks when it was first exhibited as a National Science Week project in 2014. Pillai and Pearce have facilitated numerous Knitwork workshops, the most recent include National Science Week Launches at the Australian Museum, Sydney and QUT Library, Brisbane. Previous : Artificial Reef, (Sculpture by the Sea, 2002), Heritable Acts, (Hazelhust 2006) participant in Sydney Hyperbolic Reef Project (2009), guest of artist Hiromi Tango in Hiromi Hotel: Moonjellies (Hazelhurst 2013). Pillai warmly acknowledges the experience gained under Tango’s mentorship.

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Shelley specialises in the fields of community arts and cultural development, visual arts, public art, interpretation and museum/ gallery practice. Shelley was Manager of the Bundaberg Arts Centre (now Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery) for six years and was instrumental in developing cultural development services and a cultural plan for the Bundaberg Region. She has project management experience in museums, interpretive planning, public art and community arts contexts. Shelley has managed everything from large-scale tourism projects to small budget community arts initiatives.

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Tara Prowse is a creative producer who works in festivals, public arts & participatory practice. Currently she is Producer at Arts House where she works across the Festival of Live Art, the core Season Program and special initiatives in participatory practice including the Refuge project. Prior to this, she was a Creative Producer at Federation Square where she directed socially-engaged arts projects as well as producing the Light in Winter season with Artistic Director Robyn Archer. Since completing post graduate studies at Centre for Cultural Partnerships VCA, Tara has worked as a producer on interdisciplinary projects , with a focus on social change, adaptive practices and uncommon partnerships through organisations such as VicHealth, BighArt, Polyglot, Outback Theatre, Melbourne Museum  and VCA as well as establishing an ARI and sessional lecturing.

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Bronwyn Purvis is ABC Regional’s Partnership Lead, researching, developing and implementing partnership projects with external organisations. Bronwyn is an award winning theatre and filmmaker, creating works with a range of companies including atyp, Big hART, Beyond Empathy and NORPA. She is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award and joined the ABC in 2010 as the Open producer in Northern Tasmania.


Following her PhD and appointment in 2007, Dr Kym Rae has established and directed all aspects of the Gomeroi gaaynggal  programs. She has been meeting with Indigenous families, community members, and organizations as part of this program. The empowering environment she has created is evidenced by a team of 10 staff (6 of whom are Indigenous), PhD and Masters students and national and international collaborations in health research and ArtsHealth. She has ensured the Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre is open to the public as often as possible, as well as holding large community events regularly, so that the local Aboriginal community can visit and see every aspect of the work that is happening there. She is passionate about her work with the Indigenous community and in seeking to ensure her research meets community needs she established the Gomeroi gaaynggal Aboriginal Steering committee. She reports to this group quarterly and they assist in reviewing publications, new research directions, funding plans and appropriate dissemination strategies. She  has received 5 national and international awards since 2012, and the Patronage of the NSW Governor Her Excellency Prof Maire Bashir. These are testament to her leadership in the fields of Indigenous research, excellence in ArtsHealth for Indigenous communities, and improving the health outcomes for Indigenous people.

Dr Rae has led the community based ArtsHealth program that focusses on building the health literacy of local Indigenous women with the support of local Indigenous artists and health professionals. The ArtsHealth program has provided over 22,000 hours of health education to Indigenous Elders, women and their children and hosted community events for both the Indigenous and wider community related to kidney health, nutrition, attended by up to 100 at each event. In addition, 9 art exhibitions of works by Indigenous women have been presented in different cities across regions of NSW, Australia with a further 2 booked for 2016/17.

Jackie Randles

Jackie Randles manages the NSW program for Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with science. She works with community groups, universities, scientists, artists, museums and business leaders to develop initiatives that promote the importance of science and innovation to Australia’s future wellbeing and their relevance to everyday life. With a strong focus on creating links between science and business and reaching new audiences via science engagement programs delivered in community settings, Inspiring Australia works in partnership with dozens of organisations across NSW that collaborate as Regional Science Hubs. Jackie was involved in creating the first citywide Sydney Science Festival to mark National Science Week. Working with the Sydney science and engineering community, she is now seeking to extend its audience and participant reach and bring more scientists, engineers, arts and business leaders into the program to create a high profile festival that celebrates the value of research in Sydney’s innovation culture.


Mark has been Executive Director of Arts Upper Hunter since 2011. Prior to that he was RADO at Eastern Riverina Arts for three years. Mark worked in community and youth theatre as an actor, writer, director and musician for over 20 years.


Karen Revie is a writer, visual artist and teacher who lives and works in Launceston, Tasmania. She has worked in arts for many years with the firm belief that art has the power to effect positive personal and cultural change. Karen currently works with Tasmanian eSchool and Department of Education as an arts mentor and teacher, and is creative director of The Holographic Lounge where she manages digitally projected exhibitions for new media artists. She is a director of Interweave arts where she works with Access Arts Link, an arts mentoring program for people experiencing disability, and event manager for Remade Sustainable Wearable Art Show. In 2016 she looks forward to being a creative director for Streets Alive@The Precinct, a dynamic multi-arts and cultural experience promoting and celebrating community well-being as a vital element of contemporary urban living. Interweave Arts is a community arts organisation whose mission is to use art as a tool to facilitate positive community change towards inclusive and harmonious living.


Rose Ricketson is a freelance producer, with a focus on community and cultural development.

A producer with Australia’s leading arts for social change organisation, Big hART, Rose produced Project Cosmopolitana, and Ghosts in the Scheme, presented in the 2015 season by the Canberra Theatre Centre and written by Scott Rankin.

Rose is currently producing Project O in Cooma, NSW, working with young women on an arts and skills-development project with a violence prevention focus. She is also producing a new show Women in My Life by Mikelangelo, and developing a community engagement program for the Canberra Theatre Centre. Rose recently produced The Deep End – a film by director Clare Young, through a mentorship with Jane Campion.

Effective collaboration is a key approach to her practice, working with artists and professionals both locally and nationally, Rose’s passion is to create dynamic projects and with high-end artistic outcomes, with a focus on the personal and community outcomes met along the way.



Rhoda Roberts is an experienced arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organisations. As an actor/producer and director, she works as a consultant and is a sought-after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. Rhoda recently completed 21 years as a radio broadcaster with the National Music program Deadly Sounds.

From 1992 to 2014, Rhoda was producer of Vibe Australia. She was also Creative Director of Sydney New Year’s Eve and Festival Director, Garma Festival, produced by the Yothu Yindi Foundation. She was a co-founding member of Australia’s first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT).

She is currently Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Rhoda Roberts Gallery & Events, and Festival Director, Boomerang Festival.

Rhoda is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD and a sought-after speaker.


Ben Roche is the Director of Engagement at Southern Cross University. In this position he has responsibility for a suite of portfolios that focus on connecting SCU’s research and teaching strengths with the sustainable development needs of its communities. He provides leadership and advice to drive engagement strategies and cultivate key relationships and networks to realise the University’s strategic priorities whilst optimising community benefit, impact and exchange.

As a human geographer, Ben is passionate about participatory approaches to sustainable development and the role that education and engagement can play in creating resilience, capacity and well-being in communities. He has taught, researched and practised in the areas of community-based learning, participatory planning, sustainable development and community engagement. Ben continues to provide advice to a range of organisations and governments on strategic approaches to education, engagement and development.

Ben’s contribution to community engagement in higher education, specifically service learning in built environment disciplines, was recognised through a Carrick Citation in 2008 and that same year he was the recipient of the Edith Cowan Authentic Learning Award from the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Ben is the Chair of Engagement Australia and Chair of the Regional University Network’s Engagement Group.


Elizabeth joined Regional Art NSW  as the Chief Executive Officer in December, 2006.  Since that time she has developed and  implemented a new strategic direction for the organisation focusing on its role  as a peak body and service agency for arts and cultural development across  rural and regional areas of the state. She works closely with the state wide  network 14 regional arts boards and acts as an advocate for the network with  the state and federal governments.  Elizabeth travels extensively throughout the state giving support to the  regional development officers and gaining first hand information about many of  the challenges facing regional communities as well as seeing the great arts and  cultural projects produced in the regions.

Elizabeth has  a very broad base of arts management and arts marketing experience gained in  over 20 years work in the field in both metropolitan and regional areas. She moved  to Regional Arts NSW from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was Manager,  Marketing & Communications for two years. In that time she developed and  implemented key marketing and communications strategies. Previously, she was  the Director of Canberra Arts Marketing for six and a half years. This was a  unique role where she represented a large diversity of arts organisations  making up Australia’s  leading arts marketing consortium.

Elizabeth has worked as an arts marketer, arts manager, publicist,  festival director and presenter, as an employee as well as freelance, for a  wide diversity of performing arts organisations since the early eighties.

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Michael Rolfe is the Chief Executive Officer of M&G NSW.

He is responsible for providing organisational leadership and with support from the Board, for managing overall performance to ensure strategic programs are delivered – to improve the capacity and sustainability of the sector.

Michael has over 20 years experience working in local government and in particular regional galleries, in both metropolitan and regional NSW.

Joey Ruigrok

Joey Ruigrok van der Werven is a freelance designer and director of visual, physical and spectacle theatre, for unusual places and special occasions, often for very large audiences. He invites ordinary people into the creation process, allowing them to write, design or just be practical. His worlds are a mix of performance, structures, lights, sounds, machinery and sensory elements. He has designed and devised for Stalker, Marrugeku, Urban Theatre Projects, Legs on the Wall, Gravity Feed, Erth, Performance Space and for many independent works such as: designer and co-writer of “Dream Masons in Hobart; director of his own “Volta” at Carriage Works; designer and co-writer of “FireWater” for SHFA and VIVID; designer of 2012/15 Perth International Arts Festival Garden; director and designer of 2 Woodford Folk Festival “Fire Events; designer and writer of “The Finale” for Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations and designer of the Adelaide Festival Club, “Lola’s Pergola”. Joey moved in 2014 to Mullumbimby, NSW, where he is developing regional touring spectacle “Round-Up” for the Northern Rivers and beyond, and large-scale community spectacle ‘Beach” for the Gold Coast, aimed for CG2018.


Steve has a strong background in arts administration having worked in the arts and cultural heritage sectors for 40 years. He has held a number of positions at the South Australian Museum, Arts South Australia and Country Arts SA.

Steve is currently Chief Executive Officer of Country Arts SA, an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of regional South Australian’s by enabling art to thrive and empowering regional artists and communities to realise their arts and cultural aspirations.

Steve is a Councillor of the Australian Performing Arts Touring Alliance, member of Regional Arts Australia’s Regional and Remote Touring Advisory Group, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, former Director of Regional Arts Australia and former Board member of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association.


John-Nicholas Saunders is a former secondary school Drama and English teacher and is currently the Education Manager at Sydney Theatre Company (STC).  He holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama), Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Masters of Education (Research). Currently John –Nicholas holds positions as President of Drama New South Wales, Director of Arts Education, Curriculum & Policy with Drama Australia, and Drama Education representative on the NAAE National Advocates for Arts Education.

Prior to joining STC, John-Nicholas worked as a Drama teacher and Head of Department for the Arts at Southern Cross Catholic College.  He has also held positions as President of Drama Queensland, Co-writer of the Senior Drama Syllabus with the Queensland Studies Authority, Chair of the Drama Australia and New Zealand International Conference Committee, Education Consultant to the Brisbane Festival, Playlab Press Board Member, Australian Major Performing Arts Group Education Executive Member, and Chair of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre (FAST).

In addition to this, John-Nicholas is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney where he has taught across a range of Arts Education courses.  His masters research focuses on student academic and non-academic achievement through process drama learning experiences in primary schools.  John-Nicholas has presented work at state, national and international conferences as well as at a range of universities across Australia.  He was a contributor to the recently published text Nice Arts edited by Rachael Jacobs and co-authored The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom with Professor Robyn Ewing AM (2016).


Kim Schneiders is an arts practitioner and teacher in Launceston, Tasmania. A dynamic member of the community she is Founding Director of Interweave Arts, Co-ordinator of Access Arts Link and heads the Visual Arts department at Lilydale District School. In 1998 she founded Interweave Arts with a focus on community, education, culture and environment. Interweave programs include Access Arts Link, an arts mentoring program for people with disability, Remade, a wearable art show promoting environmental sustainability, and Streets Alive, which brings art from schools and studios to the public spaces of Tasmania in arts events, festivals and public arts trails. Art at its most powerful, initiates conversations, stimulates debate and gets people thinking. In alignment with its mission to use art as a tool to facilitate healthy and wholistic living, Interweave aims to present community art projects which contribute to the current shift in modern western cultures from mourning death to celebrating life past and present.


Paul Scott-Williams is the current Director of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium. He has an extensive background as a performer, arts educator and arts advocate. He studied at the NSW State Conservatorium in the 1980’s and went on to achieve a Masters Degree in performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and most recently completed a Masters in Counselling at Monash University, Melbourne.

Paul was a founding member of Aitken College in Melbourne, which now offers a broad education to approximately 1400 students in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs. Paul has taught music, drama, dance and circus skills to students from early childhood to adults and served on the Victorian State Subject Association Boards for Music and Drama for a number of years. He took a leading advocacy role in the development and implementation of Music Technology in Education as a member of Soundhouse Australia, winning the national Alfred Brasch Award in 2004.

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The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company (EGTC) was established in 2004 to write and develop a play with the then Illawarra Area Health and the University of Wollongong to complement their Managing a Healthy balance in food and exercise. From that time EGTC have developed their mission as a grassroots theatre company to use their skills to communicate messages about a healthy lifestyle, a healthy environment and a healthy community.


David has a long history of assisting creative industry businesses on strategic, financial and operational issues. He is Senior Business Adviser at Generate (formerly Moneypenny Business & Taxation), and lectures at UTS on creative and cultural management. He spent six years as a Business Adviser with the federal government’s Creative Industries Innovation Centre. Prior to that he ran the business capacity building program for the Australia Council for the Arts and ran regional film office Film Illawarra. His focus is on assisting business owners to identify and pursue opportunities for growth. Hundreds of creative clients around Australia have benefited from his ability to mix business nous with a keen understanding of the creative process.  In 2015 and 2016, David delivered Regional Arts NSW’s Making Money Business workshops for Indigenous artists in 11 locations.

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Lily Shearer is a Murawarri woman, actor and director. Lily was recently awarded an Australia Council Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. A graduate of Western Sydney University, Lily has been instrumental in the development of and creative support for Indigenous community arts and forging links between Indigenous and non-indigenous companies such as Performance Space, Urban Theatre Projects, Pact Youth Theatre, Carriageworks, Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Legs on the Wall and Powerhouse Youth Theatre. A founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts, her work is based on her desire to share stories and culture from the oldest continuing living culture on this planet and in particular to harness the stories from regional NSW.


Penny is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has a Master of Arts (Documentary Producing) degree from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She worked as Producer/Director with the Indigenous Programs Unit in the ABC, and produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2. Penny was also a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the Northern Territory, and most recently has been working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS. Penny is currently Head of the Indigenous Unit, Screen Australia.

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John is an arts manager with a background of arts programming, specifically in cinema, new media arts, and screen education, and experience in policy development. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria, leading it through its development to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). He was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. Since joining CDN, he has worked with the Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning within the cultural development activities of local government.


Chris Stannard has more than 25 years’ experience in community cultural development and has made a career from working across a broad spectrum of social justice and community issues in Queensland. He was co-founder of Inkahoots design studio and Executive Officer of the Queensland Community Arts Network. In 2006 he was appointed to the newly created position of curator at the Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Regional Council, joining a team which went on to develop the Tanks from what was essentially a venue for hire into a highly diverse and extremely popular arts centre with a national reputation for punching above its weight.


Eve Sullivan was appointed Editor, Artlink Magazine, in July 2014. She has previously held editorial positions at Macmillan Education Australia, Oxford University Press, and the National Gallery of Australia.


Curtis Taylor is a filmmaker, screen artist and a young Martu leader. Growing up in the remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has gained both tradional Martu knowledge and a Western education. After finishing school in 2008, Curtis worked as Community Coordinator and Youth Development Officer at Martu Media (a division of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa), where he also spent 18 months working on Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route as a filmmaker and youth ambassador.

Curtis was the recipient of the 2011 Western Australian Youth Art Award and Wesfarmers Youth Scholarship and his screen work has been shown in international film festivals, including the 2012 Nepal International Indigenous Film Archive Festival. Currently Curtis is undertaking film and media studies at Murdoch University in Perth.


Kitty Taylor embraces and fosters innovation in the arts.  A Tasmanian artist and co-founder of the Holographic Lounge, her work has been exhibited globally in cities such as Paris and New York.  She currently manages the Regional Arts Fund for Tasmania.  Kitty has delivered numerous projects drawing narratives from regional communities. She recently curated Paper Garments for the Grave – a highly regarded and evocative project fostering community dialogues on death and grieving.


I lead a division responsible for the service delivery units of the Justice Cluster as well as Arts and Culture. I have led major institutional reforms and significant major policy initiatives for the NSW Government and have an extensive background in the delivery of integrated regulatory and policy reforms that appropriately balance our stakeholder needs for the community of NSW

My work history spans roles in both NSW and Commonwealth government, including Liquor & Gaming NSW (previously OLGR), the NSW Food Authority and the FairWork Ombudsman (as it is now known). My private sector experience includes project management and delivery of regulatory compliance and assurance programs across complex, often geographically diverse, businesses.

My varied public/private background and experience in dynamic and often volatile environments has prepared me well to work with stakeholders across our sectors to develop robust, forward thinking strategies.

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Dr Mathew Trinca was appointed the Director of the National Museum of Australia in February 2014, after a prominent career at the NMA and Western Australian Museum.

His interests span the 20th century history of Australia, with a focus on the social and cultural relationships between Britain and Australia. He also has a professional focus on the historical and contemporary links between Australia and Asia. Dr Trinca is an interested contributor to debates on museum theory and practice and has published on the history of Australian travel to London, on convictism and constitutional history, on museums and their meaning, and has co-edited two books, Country: Visions of Land and People in Western Australia and Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during World War II.

Dr Trinca was previously the Museum’s Assistant Director, Collections, Content and Exhibitions, with responsibility for collections acquisition, management and preservation, redevelopment of permanent galleries, temporary and travelling exhibitions, and curatorial and research activities. Under his leadership, the Museum developed its reputation as a leading collector of artefacts representing Australia’s history and redeveloped two major permanent galleries, Landmarks, and Australian Journeys, acclaimed by the Museum’s visitors and museum commentators.

Dr Trinca worked as a history curator and manager of the MuseumLink program at the Western Australian Museum, in Perth, and as a consultant historian for public history projects including in conservation plans, exhibition developments and short documentary films. He has a PhD in history from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.

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Nathan Tucker is a Tasmanian writer, artist and gamer designer. He has published a dozen stories, worked in film, had his digital art shown internationally and is credited in numerous game supplements. He started Rising Phoenix Studios as platform to help young artists struggling with disability, disadvantaged living and mental health challenges to jump start their creative industries careers. He has also chosen not to vote for Donald Trump.

Lorraine Tye

Lorraine Tye is a Wiradjuri Elder, artist and maker using basketry techniques and other fibre practices. Lorraine has exhibited widely in the Riverina region and beyond. She has recently completed studying Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga. Having learnt more about her culture, Lorraine is creating work that reflects place and connection to Country. Lorraine is a member of the Hands On Weavers Inc (HOW Group), which is a collective of people who enjoy a revival of traditional weaving practices. The HOW Group encourages people interested in coming together to share each others stories about their journey in the revival of fibre and basketry weaving in the Riverina.

Lisa van den Dolder

Lisa has had broad experience working as a specialist Visual Arts teacher in primary schools for more than 12 years before she began presenting workshops for teachers and students in many regional areas across NSW, to help develop their confidence and skills in Visual Arts. Lisa currently works for The Department of Education’s Arts Unit where she coordinates Visual Arts projects for the state including Operation Art. Operation Art provides an opportunity for student’s to create artwork that has real purpose – to create art for kids in hospital and to also provide an opportunity for students to gain broader recognition for their creativity, through high quality exhibitions in regional galleries as well as the Art Gallery of NSW. This program in it’s 20th year sees over 2000 students, 500 teachers and 300 schools across the state participate in the exhibition and workshops every year. Lisa also enjoys collaborating with regional galleries and other state organisations to develop projects to strengthen the teaching of Visual Arts in our schools and also offer rich learning opportunities for students in Visual Arts.

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Deborah Vaughan, Regional Program Producer, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS). Deborah has been Regional Program producer at MAAS since October 2014. From 2011-2014 Deborah was Producer of Contemporary Programs at MAAS, working on Sydney Design festival and in 2014 she produced the successful “Hack the Collection” program with 10 contemporary designers 3D printing objects based on the MAAS collection. Deborah has a background in visual art and for many years balanced a full time art practice with teaching in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney. From 2003-04 Deborah was Australian Museums and Galleries Online (AMOL) National Guide and Education Coordinator.

Rachel Viski

Rachel Viski is a graphic designer and artist located in Wagga Wagga, NSW. As well as delivering public art projects, she creates visual marketing communications material for artists, small to medium sized businesses and individuals for use across digital and traditional mediums.

Her most recent work is the creation of the graphic wall treatments in Wagga Wagga’s Rural Referral Hospital Children’s Ward. Rachel has contributed to various marketing and communications projects throughout the Riverina while employed in her current position at Council.

She has had a hand in conceptualising and designing the Civic Centre Christmas tree, creating the two installations in the Baylis Street Sister City Walkway and project managing the multi-award winning Waggafest Short Film Competition. Rachel contributes heavily to the community as cocreator of Melahomies – a unique social movement inspiring cultural change and behavior surrounding sun safety. As a Melahomie, she works closely with the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust to deliver community education sessions, promote various visual marketing collateral and advocates getting naked for regular skin checks.

In 2015, Rachel helped to raise over $20,000 to assist in finding a cure for melanoma.

She is also mum of a sparkling, talkative, two-yearold, Matilda.


Craig Walsh is one of Australia’s leading visual artists. Growing up in Orange, in regional NSW he has developed highly regarded process of creating hybrid and site specific work with and within communities. Craig pioneered a process that utilises projection in response to existing environments and landscapes that has been taken up by artists around the globe. He works in theatre, architecture, public works, galleries, natural environments and festivals. His work has been presented extensively in Australia and toured to Japan, USA and UK. Currently adjunct professor Griffith University.

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John Wardle has a background in live music policy across the three tiers of government as well as being a working musician and music teacher.

John has played a strategic role in liquor and planning law reforms across a number of states, including to NSW Place of Public Entertainment (PoPE) regulation and associated Building Code of Australia provisions. In 2013, John was appointed Chair of the City of Sydney’s Live Music and Performance Task-force before the establishment of the Live Music Office in July 2013.

As Policy Director for the Live Music Office, John works closely with the live music sector and state and local governments across Australia to develop coordinated centre of government live music policy across built environment and cultural policy frameworks. These include working with local government live music taskforces, state and territory government regulation round-tables, developing strategic plans, and advocating for better and simpler  liquor licensing ,planning, noise and building regulation for live music and performance venues.

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Sally Watterson has been with LGNSW since 2015. In this capacity Sally is currently the NSW representative on the National Local Government Cultural Forum. She has worked across the museum, gallery and heritage sectors for over two decades. Sally has held various roles at a local state and international organisations. These include; Senior Ranger, Community Relations, Office of the Environment, Capacity Builder, National Museum of Mongolia, inaugural Director Tweed Regional Museum and Project Coordinator, Margaret Olley Art Centre Collection and Public Programs Coordinator, Museum of Sydney, Sydney Living Museums. She holds a Phd, in history, cultural diplomacy and identity from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma, heritage Studies New England University and a bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney

Peter West

Peter West is a lecturer in Communication Design in the school of Media and Communication, RMIT. He has a diverse teaching practice across areas such as communications strategy, art direction and design for social change.

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Vicki West is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist of the trawlwoolway people from the North East coast region.  She undertook a bridging course in art at riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education in Launceston in the early 1990s, and completed her Bachelor Fine Arts in 1999, BFA First Class Honours in 2001 and Masters in 2008 (all University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts)

West has maintained a strong local, national and more recently international exhibition record since entering the field – including solo exhibitions inAdelaide, Launceston and Melbourne, numerous national touring exhibitions including String Theory (2013), Menagerie (2009), tayenebe (2009) , Woven Forms (2005), Native Title Business (2002) and The One Tree Project (2001). She has also exhibited in many group exhibitions throughout Australia, and is represented in many collections of major institutions including St Kilda City Council, St Kilda, VIC, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS, Australian National Museum, Canberra, ACT, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT.  She has undertaken numerous public art installations including for Junction Festival/ Streets Alive -2010 / 12, Falls Festival Marion Bay -2010/11 and 12, and Taronga Zoo, NSW, 2012.

West was a representative for Australia at the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2012, and is a featured artist in the recent 2013 series of Richard Bell’s Colour Theory on NITV.

West has worked extensively at the community level, presenting workshops and undertaking projects through schools, museums and at festivals and conferences, both within Tasmania and nationally. She is currently the Children’s Arts and Culture Coordinator for meenah neenah, an Aboriginal Arts Youth program in Launceston.

West arts practice includes large scale installations incorporating multiple elements, smaller scale sculptural works, jewelry, textiles, painting and new media.  She draws on traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practices and materials to create contemporary artworks that explore and celebrate cultural survival in the face of continuing colonial myths of the extinction of her people. – in her own words  “we are still here”.

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Peter White is a proud Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW, who has forged a successful career within the creative and cultural heritage sector over the past twenty-six years. He is Chair of Regional Arts NSW and a Director of Regional Arts Australia.

Peter has held a number of positions in a range of major cultural institutions and Government arts agencies such as the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Museum and Arts NSW. In these roles Peter has employed an extensive knowledge and skill base on the strategic development, management and evaluation of complex First People community engagement and development programs.

Peter’s  passion is to assist and champion the inherent cultural rights of Australia’s First People communities in both managing and practising their own culture and to assist and guide the mainstream cultural and creative sector in effectively engaging with these communities for mutually respected benefits based on the principles of cultural authority.


Mandy is an Applied Research Associate from the Australia Council for the Arts. Originally from Adelaide, Mandy studied acting at the Centre for the Performing Arts, and Behavioural Science at Flinders University where she was a University Medallist. Mandy has worked in refugee settlement services, research and advocacy; and at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the Research team at Australia Council for the Arts in 2014, Mandy spent several years working in the Indigenous Culture Branch at the Ministry for the Arts where she built the evidence base about the importance of support for Indigenous arts and culture, and worked to influence greater recognition of culture in Indigenous affairs. Her current role at the Australia Council brings together her love for arts and culture with her love for research, and for using data to tell a story to inform policy and support advocacy.

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Pip is an experienced manager, facilitator and consultant with a strong track record in arts funding and project delivery. Her diverse career has also spanned the environment, heritage and health sectors in Australia and the UK. She joined the Australia Council for the Arts in 2013, initially as Program Manager for Emerging and Experimental Arts, and now leads the Peer Services team that coordinates the peer assessment of Council’s grant program. Pip has worked with multiple artforms including street theatre, outdoor arts, live art, culturally diverse music and festivals.

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Peter is the Executive Director for Arts Northern Rivers based on the far north coast of NSW. He has over 25 years experience in the arts and creative industries and has worked in senior marketing and communication roles for Sydney Opera House, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare Company and Historic Houses Trust NSW.

He has worked as the Communications Director for Assembly Theatre in Edinburgh, returning to Australia in 2009 to become the Marketing and Sponsorship Director for Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Since taking up the role with Arts Northern Rivers Peter has been delivering arts and creative industry projects across the region, working with the music, design and visual arts sectors in particular. A key project for Arts Northern Rivers has been the development and roll out of the North Rivers Creative brand through the development of a self publishing portfolio platform as well as a program of empty space activations that take pace across the region, interstate and eventually internationally.

Peter is currently managing a regional partnership project called If These Halls Could Talk. With its focus on the humble community hall and the activation of these much loved spaces by renowned artistic teams the project has resonated with local, national and international audiences and is generating media coverage across the country.

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Born in Albury NSW, Sam grew up in both regional Victoria and the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Her family moved every two years and Sam has attributed this constant movement to her ease in communicating with people from all walks of life. Sam has been living in South Australia since 1999 and is currently Arts and Cultural Development Manager– Aboriginal program for Country Arts SA. In this role Sam works with communities across the State and with the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Engagement Officer supports SA Aboriginal communities in their arts and cultural aspirations. Prior to working as a Manager Sam worked as an Arts Officer for Country Arts SA, where her position was in partnership with the Port Augusta City Council. In this role she acted as the Manager of the Fountain Art Gallery and in 2008 was the Country Arts SA representative working on the inaugural State Government Initiative Regional Centre of Culture “Port Augusta Re-Imagines”. Sam has always been passionate about First Nations affairs, in 2001 she discovered she has Aboriginal heritage, her mother who at the time was volunteering at the Koori Heritage Trust was researching the family tree and found that the family has connection to the Taungurung Nation in Victoria.


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Grey Yeoh is the Head of Arts & Creative Industries at British Council Malaysia and Programmes & Partnership Manager at British Council Australia. The British Council was founded to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world.

Outside of his day job, Grey is an arts and culture administrator, multimedia and visual designer who collaborates in socially-engaged art projects both online and for live performances.

He co-curated the 2008 art-historical exhibition ‘12 Years’ and the ‘Emergency Festival’, as well as collaborated on the visual designs for several Malaysian theatre productions, including ‘Gostan Forward’, award-nominated ‘Wayang Fajar’ and most recently ‘Something I Wrote’ by the Five Arts Centre. He is the former creative producer for the Malaysian online information portal ‘PopIN’ and the online satire talk show ‘That Effing Show’. In 2016, he convened the Assembly for Arts Festival Administrators to bring young festival administrators together to encourage discussions and peer learning.

Grey taught at two institution of higher learning in Kuala Lumpur as a guest lecturer. He was also the Executive Producer of ‘tenTenTEN’, a two-year celebration of the 30th anniversary of Five Arts Centre, a theatre company based in Kuala Lumpur. He is a member of ProPAU (Producers of Performing Arts Unite!), a collective of independent producers aiming to advance the performing arts sector in Malaysia.

Grey is also a HAO Summit Singapore Fellow, an Asia Society Asia21 Young Leader, the Advance Cultural Leadership Programme Hong Kong Fellow and the Atelier for Young Festival Managers GWANGJU 2015 alumnus.