Image: Margaret Woodward,  Karri Country  (detail) 1971, oil on canvas, courtesy of Curtin University Art Collection and the artist. 

Image: Margaret Woodward, Karri Country (detail) 1971, oil on canvas, courtesy of Curtin University Art Collection and the artist. 

Board

JENNY KERR | Chairperson

Jenny has worked in the Australian cultural sector for over 20 years providing leadership, direction and specialist advice on arts and cultural planning. She has also managed numerous community arts projects and events for the public realm. Jenny has a passion for working with artists, volunteer communities and clients to deliver a rich variety of arts projects that engage new audiences contributing to dynamic, authentic and sustainable places that enrich community life.
 

ANDRE LIPSCOMBE | DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Andre Lipscombe is a visual artist based in Perth, whose practice is centred upon painting. He has exhibited regularly since graduating from (WAIT) Curtin University in 1983 and in his early career was a member of a Perth based group of artists committed to representation and figuration, later exhibiting as Oddfellows. Over thirty years he has conducted studio practices in Melbourne, (1990-96) and Esperance, WA (1997-2002).

Andre Lipscombe is represented in private and public Collections in Western Australia including City of Swan, Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University, Shire of Mundaring, Shire of Esperance, St John of God Hospital and University of Western Australia.
 

Debbie Millard | Treasurer

Completing an Honours degree in Pure and Applied Biology at Oxford University in 1987, Debbie Millard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997; a Fellow of Leadership WA (2009); a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010), participant in the AICD Director Pipeline Project (2012) and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist (2015). Debbie’s financial career spans more than 25 years with her most recent role the CFO and Company Secretary of JWH Group Pty Ltd, a privately owned WA company operating in the residential building industry in WA.

Debbie is an experienced Non-executive director having served on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations over the past 8 years, primarily in the arts, community services and leadership development arenas. She has specific governance experience with Chairing Finance & Risk Committees, CEO recruitment and CEO transition. Currently her other Board commitment is with the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA.  Previously, she has sat on the Board of Leadership WA and YMCA Perth acting as Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee for both organisations.

Debbie also refers to herself as a bit of an artist, dabbling with chalk pastel portraits, and has just started to reinvigorate her creative self, participating in painting and drawing classes.

 

CR. KATE DRIVER | COUNCIL DELEGATE

Cr. Kate Driver is welcomed to the MAC board as the appointed Shire of Mundaring representative. Kate has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) UWA, a background in performance art and has worked on the International Arts Space Board and in the area of Corporate services and finance.
 

CAROLINE TAYLOR

Caroline grew up in the Swan Valley surrounded by multicultural food traditions and the visual arts. Caroline is an integral part of the team at Taylor’s Art and Coffee House and a passionate advocate for humanely sourced, organic and locally produced food produce, local business and the Swan Valley. She is currently a City of Swan Ambassador, member of the new Swan Tourism Alliance and part of the Swan Valley Slow Food Group. She is an active chef, lateral thinker and businesswoman.
 

GEMMA BEN-ARY

Gemma completed a Bachelor of Arts (Writing, Visual Arts) from ECU in 2016, and prior this attained an Advanced Diploma of Visual Art (Fine Art, Sculpture) from Central TAFE in 2007. She has worked in local government since 2009, at the Shire of Kalamunda and at the City of Joondalup where she is currently the Curator of the City of Joondalup Art Collection and associated visual art programme. Gemma has also worked as an independent curator, writer and visual artist since 2009 and currently works from a studio in the Midland Artsource Studios. Her artistic work combines feminist theory and contemporary craft. Gemma grew up in Kalamunda and Piesse Brook, and now lives in Darlington with her two children and husband, who is also an artist.
 

Sue Starcken

Sue is a practising visual artist, curator and lecturer with a background in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Contemporary Arts and printmaking. Sue has exhibited extensively and worked at the Mundaring Arts Centre 2007-2009 as the Community Arts Officer. Since then, she has worked as the Art Collection Curator, Unit Coordinator & Lecturer, School Communications & Arts at Edith Cowan University and as a sessional lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture for Polytechnic West.
 

Mikaela Castledine

Mikaela brings a wealth of experience as a professional visual artist, P&C President, fundraiser, public speaker, writer and long-time member of MAC.

Mikaela Castledine is an artist and writer born in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia and living in the Perth Hills. She is interested more in an exploration of material than in referencing particular themes and has been pushing the limits of paper collage in her two dimensional work and of crochet in her three dimensional pieces. She has had solo and group shows in many different galleries in Perth and has been awarded many prizes including the prestigious Sculpture Scholarship at Sculpture By The Sea Cottesloe in 2013. 
 

JAMIE MCgLEAVE

Currently working as Operations Manager at Propel Arts, the WA member-based organisation that services young creative people aged between 12 and 26,  Jamie has been engaged in Perth’s performing arts scene for a decade, taking on various roles as an arts practitioner and arts worker.

He has also completed Bachelors of Arts in Performance Studies at Curtin University and Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Having spent nine years in venue management and logistical roles at His Majesty’s Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of WA and the Perth International Arts Festival, Jamie also worked as Communications & Development Manager at STRUT Dance, where he had significant input in the changes and rebranding of that organisation as a national entity.

On a freelance basis, Jamie produced and promoted the RTRFM Music Award nominated Classical vs. Jazz – The Ultimate Harp Battle at Fringe WorldMelbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe. He directed the sold-out world premiere season of Pluck at The Blue Room Theatre in 2013.