Arts Upper Hunter has new staff! Three part-time Project Officers are working on a range of projects and sundry activities. (Sundry activities will include talking to you about your art practice and needs, grants, promotions, issues facing artists and communities, and more.)
Suzannah Jones brings many years of experience in Regional Arts Development in South Australia and is a practising visual artist herself. Living in Dungog Shire, Suzannah’s particular focus over the next year is developing Arts & Cultural Trails for the AUH region. Good Trails require good community consultation with artists, creative groups, events and venue people, and councils – so if you’re any of these things, you may well get a phone call.
Natasha Kellett is AUH’s new Aboriginal Arts Officer. A First Nations cultural practitioner from Muswellbrook, she brings great experience and knowledge of the local mob. Tash will be working on a variety of projects, always with respect and considered communication. Tash is also a workshop leader and involved in cultural burning practices through the Firesticks Alliance, and is often up for a yarn.
Marina Lee-Warner has worked in Community Development in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Shires for many years. She’s also a practising artist and performer – you may know Sparkles, her clown identity. Marina will be involved in a couple of upcoming projects and will be on the look-out for grassroots engagement wherever possible. We love that grassroots engagement…
Suze, Tash and Marina will be joining Sandra and John for the next year … and beyond, if we can find the funding.
Photo: Sandra, John, Marina and Suzannah.
Photo taken by Natasha Kellett