Maribyrnong Arts Advisory Committee 2024-2027

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In February 2024, Maribyrnong City Council established the Arts Advisory Committee, adopted its Terms of Reference, and noted an expression of interest process for membership.

The purpose of the Arts Advisory Committee is to support Council and provide strategic advice on meeting the future arts and culture needs of our community. The Arts Advisory Committee will strengthen relationships with arts organisations, creative industry businesses, artists and a range of stakeholders as well as assist in gauging community feelings on arts and cultural issues. The Committee will play an important role in shaping the City’s next Arts and Culture Strategy

During the application process, 23 expressions of interest were received and were of very high calibre. Ten community representatives were appointed to the committee, representing a wide variety of art forms (including visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, youth arts, creative industries, festivals, accessible arts and multi-disciplinary practice), diversity of gender, career-stage and culture. The Committee will meet four times per year. 

The Arts Advisory Committee is made up of the following people:

Arts Advisory Committee Members 2024-2027

Bec Cole

Bec is an arts management professional with over 25 years’ experience in creative industry, community and cultural development roles across public galleries, public art, performing arts, major events and activity centre settings. Bec is proudly palawa. She is Executive Director and Co-CEO of Footscray Community Arts.

Susan Kukucka

Susan is an impact-driven leader with two decades of experience in the arts and cultural sector, education, and government. Currently she is the CEO of 100 Story Building, a creative writing centre for young people in Footscray.

Arty Owens

Arty is an artist and as an arts worker with strong connections to the Deaf and disabled arts community. They currently work as a producer at Arts Access Victoria, working on music programs, visual art programs, festivals, exhibitions and professional development programs. Arty’s creative practice is writing.

Efren Pamilacan

Efren is a dance artist and independent producer of Filipino ancestry. He is a member of Jigsaw Sneakers collective and founder of City Sessions street dance battle. He supports independent street dance artists. collectives and communities as the artistic director of Cypher Culture. Efren is the Program Manager at Dancehouse.

Sammaneh Pourshafighi

Sammaneh has over 20 years of experience working in the arts sector as a photographer, exhibition co-ordinator and educator. Their photographic work has been published by British Journal of Photography and they have been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Troy Rainbow

Troy has a multifaceted career spanning composition, performance, virtual reality experiences, and festival curation. He is Director of Sleepless Festival, Footscray, and mentors artists through youth programs including The Push and Orygen.

Andree Ruggeri

 Andree has worked in the arts since 2008 across a range of roles and organisations locally and overseas. She is Chair and Manager of Trocadero Projects, a volunteer-run non-profit visual arts organisation in Footscray.

Amber Stuart

Amber has twenty years of experience working in leading arts and cultural organisations across Melbourne and in local government. She is currently Unit Manager Arts and Culture at Merri-bek City Council. Amber has previously worked as General Manager of Big West Festival and served on the board for Snuff Puppets and The Substation.

Sally Walshe

Sally (aka Lady Mohawk) is a visual artist and producer who has been practicing for over 15 years. She created and produced Show your WESTSIDE Art Prize and Exhibition, as well as RePurpose YOUR Future Community Art exhibition. Sally has had several solo exhibitions in the west and regularly runs linoprinting and art workshops in Footscray.

John Weldon

 John is a creative practitioner working in the fields of professional and creative writing, journalism, media management, digital content provision, theatre and music for over 40 years. He has been a published novelist, features and op/ed writer for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and is widely published as an academic. He has taught writing, journalism and media studies at Victoria University and in several other academic settings.

For more information on the role of the Advisory Committee, please download the terms of reference below.