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.
Media and Marketing 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 and arts manager with more than 20 years experience working across the arts and cultural sector in dance, music, visual arts, theatre, festivals and social enterprise development.
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. She lived in Melbourne for 14 years and has lived and worked in many parts of Australia. Brooke has relocated permanently to the southwest of Western Australia and hopes to contribute to the development of the arts within the region.
Brooke has worked for arts organisations and on events including Ten Days on the Island (TAS), Centenary of Canberra (ACT), Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC), Four Winds Concerts (NSW), Artshub Australia (VIC), Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre (WA), Mangkaja Arts (WA) and Womadelaide (SA).
Some of her key achievements include: Winner of the Australian Philanthropy Award (Indigenous Philanthropy) for Marnin Studio (2017); Finalist for the Social Traders Capital For Impact Award (2016); (TAS); selection by the European Festivals Association for the ‘Atelier for Young Festival Managers’ in Singapore (2011); winner of an 18-month producing mentorship by Australia Council for the Arts with Elizabeth Walsh at Ten Days on the Island (2010) and establishment of the inaugural ‘Viva Victoria’ Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne to celebrate Harmony Day for Multicultural Arts Victoria (2008).
Brooke holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Southern Cross, NSW), Diploma of Music (Box Hill Institute, VIC), Postgraduate Certificate in Arts & Entertainment Management (Deakin, VIC) and will commence a Masters of Cultural Leadership (NIDA, NSW) in 2019.
Brooke is currently working part-time for CAN as the Program Coordinator for the Lullabies project which will take place in Bunbury in 2018.
Jill Brown – on long service leave until April 2018
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.
Kate Dart – on parental leave until December 2018
Digital Marketing & Admin Coordinator
Kate coordinates CAN’s digital marketing strategies as well as running administrative operations at the office.
She is currently completing a Masters of Internet Communications with Curtin University and has an undergrad in Writing and Media with more than a decade of experience working in Australia’s film industry on TV series and feature films.
Kate manages CAN’s digital presence including all social media profiles and CAN’s main and Storyscapes websites.
Vinisha is the project coordinator of the Catalyst Community Arts Fund
A recipient of the 2014 Asialink Arts Management grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts, Vinisha also worked with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India for India’s first international contemporary arts festival. After a year of chai, she gave studying business a go and completed a Masters of Management majoring in Social & Inclusive Business at University College London.
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.