Community Arts Network is located on the ground floor of the King Street Art Centre. Entry is via 357 – 365 Murray Street Perth or Munster Lane, off King Street.
After 7 years of working with CAN I currently have the privilege of job sharing the General Manager role with the wonderful June Moorhouse. As General Manager I enjoy leading a fantastic, professional and creative team who are committed to inspiring arts outcomes that honour the stories from the communities we work with. In 2017 I also begin my Master of Human Rights at Curtin University’s Centre for Human Rights Education, which I look forward to synergizing with what we do here at CAN.
During the last seven years at CAN, I have managed the organisation’s training and capacity building, managed community projects, led operations and contributed to CAN’s strategic direction. Previous to CAN, I gained extensive experience in business by teaching skills to a range of sectors from community services, mining, state, local and federal government departments and even the emergency services sector!
During this time I also studied human rights and literature – areas that I’m very passionate about. In 2010 I graduated from Curtin University with a Double Degree in Bachelor of Arts – Communication and Cultural Studies, Bachelor of Social Science – Sociology.
I have more than 30 years professional experience in the arts, working in senior positions and as a consultant across all artforms.
I graduated as a theatre animateur from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1984 and job-shared the inaugural Executive Officer position at CAN Victoria, then worked on the NSW Bicentennial arts program before returning to my hometown of Fremantle where I ran the Fremantle Arts Centre for six years.
Since then, my consulting practice has seen me work in diverse contexts with organisations, communities and individual artists. I have been a member of both the Community Cultural Development Board and the Community Partnerships Committee of the Australia Council and was recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in 2002.
I have had a long connection to CAN through my Australia Council involvement and as a consultant. I love it so much I had to come and visit for longer!
Strategic Operations Manager
My role at CAN is to provide high-level support to the Managing Director and General Manager in all operational activities and I am thrilled to be part of the CAN family after such a longstanding connection with the organisation. I have been a CAN Board member, Catalyst grant recipient, Cultural Planning course participant and, in those early days, a constant visitor to CAN for much-needed support and guidance.
I have worked as a Psychologist, Family Support Worker, community arts practitioner, Community Development Coordinator, Festival Director, Grants/Funding Manager and Strategy and Policy Officer in Port Moresby, Perth, Karratha and, most recently, at Regional Arts NSW in Sydney. Wherever I have lived, worked and played, I have been constantly inspired by the power of the arts to break down barriers and transform communities and individuals and its limitless capacity as a vehicle for cultural expression.
Partnerships and Media Manager
My role at CAN involves coordinating projects in regional communities that support people to share both personal and collective community stories through visual arts, oral histories and theatre.
I have a background in community cultural development and have worked in a variety of roles across community arts, youth services, women’s wellbeing groups, refugee services, festivals and art galleries. More recently, I have coordinated art enterprises and visual arts development programs in Melbourne and remote Indigenous communities in central Australia.
Brooke is a creative producer with more than 20 years experience working across the arts and cultural sectors.
Brooke was born in the western suburbs of Sydney and grew up amongst the thriving arts scene of the Far South Coast of New South Wales where she was active in music, theatre and radio. Since then, she has worked across Australia in creative producing, project and arts management and social enterprise development. Brooke has a passion for producing creative projects that educate and inspire us to explore our sense of place and identity.
She has studied music and arts administration and has worked for Ten Days on the Island Festival (TAS), Centenary of Canberra Festival (ACT), Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC), Four Winds Concerts (NSW), Artshub Australia (VIC), Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre (WA), Mangkaja Arts (WA) and Womadelaide (SA) to name a few places.
Some of Brooke’s key achievements include: Winner of the Australian Philanthropy Award for Marnin Studio (2017); Finalist for the Social Traders Capital For Impact Award for Marnin Studio (2016); selection by the European Festivals Association for the ‘Atelier for Young Festival Managers’ in Singapore (2011); and winner of an 18-month producing mentorship by Australia Council for the Arts with Elizabeth Walsh at Ten Days on the Island (2010).
Zheela has worked in senior management in the not-for-profit sector in Australia from 2012 and with refugees and asylum-seekers since 2002 – at both the local and national levels. With overseas experience in both government and non-government agencies, she has a strong understanding of Human Rights and Refugee Settlement.
Former roles include: Race Relations Advisor with NZ Human Rights Commission; Senior Manager Settlement with AMES Australia; Client Services Manager for Survivors of Torture and Trauma; and Quality Assurance Officer for Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation.
Zheela has an Honour’s degree in English and Philosophy (Chatham University USA); MA Renaissance Theory and Culture (University of Sussex UK); and Post Graduate Certificate in Education – English and Drama (University College London UK).
Artist Development Manager
Jill Brown is an Arts Manager with over 15 years experience in the industry. Western Australian born, Jill grew up in the Goldfields and began her career as an Arts Officer in the South West. Since then, Jill has worked in various roles across several arts organisations, including Artsource, Propel Youth Arts WA and Community Arts Network (CAN). As one of the founding staff members of Propel Youth Arts WA, Jill went on to become the General Manager and a Board member.
Jill is currently the Artist Development Manager at CAN where she has worked since 2008. Prior to her current role managing CAN’s Capacity Building program, Jill managed grants programs and other projects for the organisation.
Through her various roles, Jill has had the opportunity to work directly with diverse communities from across Western Australia, and has been fortunate to assist communities to share their unique stories through the creative process.
Jill has a degree in Literature and Film from Curtin University.
My role at CAN is to manage the accounts and payroll for the organisation. I have been working in the accounts industry for over 20 years, with several arts and community organisations during that time. I enjoy being a part of what we do here and feel privileged to work alongside the passionate crew at CAN.
Marketing and Design Manager
Jane has a strong interest in Culture & the Arts, Design & Marketing. These two passions have brought her to Join CAN as Marketing and Design manager. Jane is a creative and strategic thinker, with a strong vision for the bigger picture. She has held senior roles in design studios across Australia as well as working client side in cultural institutions including ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne, The State Library of Western Australia and Murdoch University Art Collection.
Jane brings to CAN over 20 years experience as a designer, specialising in exhibition, print, online and interpretive design. Jane enjoy’s the challenge of working within the Arts sector where her work can make a difference and she is surrounded by creativity. She has worked on large & small projects from conception to completion across multiple mediums. Jane has qualifications in Graphic Design (CIT), Communication Design – New media (QUT) and Arts and Cultural Management (Deakin).
Mauricio specialises in ICT development and business process re-engineering. From Latin background, Mauricio is very passionate about
cultural diversity and the role culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities play in today’s multicultural society.
He is currently the project coordinator of CAN’s ‘CaLD Arts Finder’, a digital platform that aims to strengthen engagement between arts, cultural organisations, and CaLD communities.
Having previously worked as business analyst, quality assurance coordinator, and business process consultant, Mauricio brings to CAN valuable expertise in the ICT area. Mauricio has also had various counselling roles delivering programs in health, education, training, recreation and human development to people with disabilities.
Mauricio has a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and recently completed his Masters in Business Information and Logistics Management at UWA.
Ash has been part of the CAN team since August 2017 as a project coordinator supporting a range of projects and roles including the Catalyst Community Arts Fund, the Place Names project, and Artist Development support.
Ashleigh studied a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Sociology as well as a Cert II in Arts Management. Eventually Ash will complete her Masters in Community Development. She has previously worked in regional WA coordinating Aboriginal youth programs.
Happiest sharing food and creative ideas, Ash is interested in the ways in which personal and community narrative can be shared through creative story telling.
Project Officer - Story Streets
Steven is a writer, community artist and creative producer. Currently at CAN I am the Project Officer for Story Streets, a new community arts project working with migrant communities in the City of Canning, the City of Wanneroo, and the City of Stirling.
Previously, I was the Project Officer (National Youth Week 2017) for Propel Youth Arts WA and the Arts Administration Officer for the City of Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre. I have produced festivals, magazines, multidisciplinary artistic happenings, and group exhibitions. I am currently, alongside the artist Gabby Loo, the 2018/2019 Creative Fellow for the James Sykes Battye Fellowship run by the State Library of WA.