The Art & Heritage Advisory Panel provides expert advice and support to achieving the visual art, public art and heritage interpretation projects, services and activities that Darebin Council provides to our community. Specifically, the panel focuses on:
- Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, strategic vision and direction for Darebin’s public art gallery and heritage house.
- Darebin Art Collection, oversight of the Darebin Art Collection Policy and expert advice on acquisitions and commissions.
- Public Art, oversight of policy in relation to artwork and creativity in public spaces and expert advice on acquisitions, commissions and new opportunities for art to interact with the public realm.
- Financial sustainability, funding streams and investment opportunities including guidance on Bundoora Homestead Foundation Fund, growing the fund and spending decisions.
Lyndel Wischer (Chair)
Lyndel is a seasoned arts manager and curator dedicated to quality results in the public gallery and community arts sector. She has over twenty years experience managing Australian visual arts and presenting exhibitions and cultural events to a broad audience for the benefit of community cultural development. Lyndel is the Director of Duldig Studio – Museum and Sculpture Garden, prior to which she was the Manager at Kinross Arts Centre for 6 years.
JD Mittmann has over 15 years’ experience in curatorial, administrative and managerial roles within the sectors of community and commercial art. He is Curator & Manager of Collections at Burrinja, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre. JD has a Master of Arts (Technical University Berlin) and is a VCA alumni (School of Film & TV; Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development).
Kirsten has over 20 years’ experience working as a consultant and arts manager, across the public and private sector. She is currently working for mpconsulting, a small Carlton based firm which specialises in the provision of strategic planning, review and evaluation services. Prior to joining mpconsulting, Kirsten managed the Australia Cultural Fund at Creative Partnerships Australia, where she co-authored the book Building Relationships and Securing Donations: A Guide for the Arts. She has worked in private galleries, including Niagara Galleries in Melbourne, and currently runs two art collecting groups committed to purchasing contemporary Australian art.
Giovanna D’Abaco has 30 years experience in managerial roles in the arts, culture and tourism sectors. This includes nine years at Tourism Victoria (now Visit Victoria) and 26 years at State Library Victoria as Events/Program Manager. Giovanna spent three years in London where she worked as an account manager for public relations consultancies. Clients include the City of Lyon and Tourism New South Wales.
Sue Thornton is creative producer and arts management professional. With a background in performing arts and stage production, Sue is drawn to projects that champion the arts, activate public spaces and connect people and communities. Currently employed at the University of Melbourne, Sue has produced major public performances, symposia, seminars, launches and conferences for the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Recent major events that Sue has produced include Art 150, a year-long celebration of 150 years of art at the VCA; Dance 40, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Dance at the VCA and the official launch of the Stables, the VCA’s innovative complex of student studios and exhibition spaces.
Kade Mcdonald is the Executive Director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation and was the Coordinator for Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts and Cultural Centre for 6 years. Mcdonald is the Australian Project manager and co-curator for the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum at the University of Virginia USA, for the exhibition, Madayin scheduled for 2020. He was also appointed by the Art Gallery of South Australia as the Producer for the 2019 Tarnanthi Festival. McDonald was the founding Director of Bus Projects, Melbourne in 2001 and has been appointed to several committees including The Ministry for the Arts, The Australian Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria (Chair) and Arts NT Visual Arts. McDonald is an appointed Expert Examiner for the Moveable Heritage Act on behalf of the Federal Government.
Diego Ramirez makes art, writes about culture, and labours in the arts. In 2018, he showed his video work in a solo screening by ACCA x ACMI and he performed in Lifenessless at West Space x Gertrude Contemporary in 2019. His work has been show locally and internationally at MARS Gallery, ACMI, Westspace, Torrance Art Museum, Hong-Gah Museum, Careof Milan, Buxton Cotntemporary, WRO Media Art Biennale, Human Resources LA, Art Central HK, Sydney Contemporary, and Deslave. His words feature in Art and Australia, NECSUS, un Projects, Runway Journal, Art Collector, and Australian Book Review. He is represented by MARS Gallery, Editor-at-large at Running Dog and Gallery Manager at SEVENTH.
Ramona Barry has a diverse arts background specialising in craft and design that is firmly rooted in a community context. She was the facilitator of the highly successful Craft Lab, Craft in the Gardens and Camp Craft series at Bundoora Homestead. She is the General Manager (People, Projects & Programs) at Bridge Darebin a community-based organisation that delivers a diverse range of programs from fine art/craft classes and workshops, makers market, social enterprise café, and pre-accredited training. Ramona also maintains her own craft-based art practice with a focus on textile technique and design.
Sophie Cassar is an emerging artist and writer, having recently completed an honours degree in Art History and Contemporary Art Theory at Monash University. Her practice considers the intersection of feminist theory and disability studies, with training in disability arts access.
Sarah Werkmeister is a curator, writer, editor and researcher based between Melbourne and Brisbane.
She has written extensively and worked with Next Wave, QUT Art Museum, Shepparton Art Museum, YIRRAMBOI Festival, Public Art Melbourne and more. She has edited publications around the environment (Ecologising Museums, 2016) and feminism (Feminisms, 2018) with L’Internationale Online, and co-edited a chapter on the 13th Istanbul Biennial in I Can’t Work Like This (2017). Her research interests encompass conceptions of public space, representations of nationhood in public art collections, and the climate. She holds a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.