Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

7 Prospect Hill Drive, Bundoora

Thursday - Sunday 10am-5pm

Board of Management

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is the public art gallery of the City of Darebin. The Centre is governed by the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Board of Management, a special committee under section 86 of the Local Government Act. The Board is comprised of 3 Councillors, 1 Council staff member and 5-8 community members.


JD Mittmann (Chair)

JD Mittmann has 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). Currently he serves as chair of the Board of Management at Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre and since 2018 on the Board of the Public Galleries Association Victoria (PGAV).

Kirsten Matthews

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 Milburn Gallery in Brisbane, and currently runs two art collecting groups committed to purchasing contemporary Australian art.

Giovanna D’Abaco 

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.
Giovanna was appointed to the Board of Management of Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre In December 2018.

Angie Bedford

Angie Bedford is an experienced arts manager, educator, and performer. She has over 20 years’ experience in musical theatre performance. Selected onstage credits include Lauren in Kinky Boots, Mary Lane in Reefer Madness, Shrek the Musical as Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy, Sarah in The Toxic Avenger the Musical (Australian Premiere), Marcy in Dogfight, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Angie oversees co-curriculum and teaches Performing Arts in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs. Angie studied at La Trobe and RMIT Universities, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Theatre and Drama), a Bachelor of Arts Education, and a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in Arts Management. Her Theatre and Drama Honours investigated 21st Century Commercial Musical Theatre in Melbourne and her Masters explored Arts Education Programming and Curriculum Development.

Sue Thornton

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

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 has also been 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 a board member for the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and is an appointed Expert Examiner for the Moveable Heritage Act on behalf of the Federal Government.

Janette Lewis

Lyndel Wischer

Peta Clancy

Cr. Tim Laurence

Cr. Gaetano Greco

Cr. Susanne Newton



Our diverse community chooses to engage with enriching visual art experiences.



Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is where contemporary art and Australian history collide.  A home for creative thinking, community participation and inventive contemporary arts practice, where artist and audience are engaged, welcomed, challenged, and where they are empowered to contribute to a conversation about the issues of our time and place, all within a rich historical heritage.

We utilise our assets of art galleries, heritage house, heritage gardens, café, and art collection to work collaboratively and deliver experiences that are relevant, accessible and engaging.

We are supporting artists to make and present new artworks by making art more visible within the community and beyond.  We recognise that art is vital to the well-being of individuals and communities.



Bundoora Homestead Art Centre aims to become a leading visual arts venue embracing and celebrating contemporary Australian art within the context of a Heritage Home.

There are three guiding principles which will drive success of Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. These are:

  • Innovation and Artistic Excellence
  • An Engaging and Inclusive Experience
  • Business Sustainability

The strategies and actions outlined within the business plan all link back to these three areas, which are in turn aligned with the Darebin Arts Strategy and other Council policies and plans.


If you would like further information on our Board please visit Council’s website to access agendas and minutes.