Esther Konings-Oakes is passionate about her community, environment and her art. She works part-time as a ceramicist at Encompass Community Services and is currently completing her Masters of Art-Art in Public spaces at RMIT university. She was a station co-ordinator and artist at M~M2014, and developed Soft Oyster for Geelong After Dark in 2015. She has worked on collaborative art projects in Shanghai, Adelaide, Dandenong and Brunswick in addition to facilitating numerous art and community projects/workshops in the Geelong area.
Sue Hartigan works, both professionally and voluntarily, in community cultural development as a neighbourhood house manager and community arts practitioner. She has degrees in community cultural development and photography, is a member of Geelong Arts Alliance and loves Back to Back Theatre and the Noise Scavengers.
Matt Crawley is a resident of the Bellarine and has worked in community engagement and environment projects in the Mallee, North Central and Geelong region for the past 20 years. Matt has a passion for the arts and for community environmental projects, and joins M~M2016 with a wealth of experience. Having worked previously on M~M2014, he is excited about being involved with a diverse cross section of the community again for M~M2016.
With over 15 years in marketing and events, Rachella Thomas brings a wealth of major event and festival experience. Her work spans across food and wine, arts and culture and mass participation events. Innovative ideas, creative design and engaging experience are defining features of Rachella Thomas’ events. Career highlights include Event Manager for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2007-2011; Project Manager for the State Government Pavilion at Royal Melbourne Show 2011-2012; Major Events Manager for City of Wyndham; Artist Tour Manager (Australia/Nth America) 2002-2003; and more recently Founder and Creative Producer for The Geelong Manual.
Leanne Stein is an Arts Officer with the Borough of Queenscliffe, supporting an environment in which arts activities can flourish, proper and reach all aspects of community life.
For the past 25 years, Fiona Duncan has been an Artist Manager and Consultant in the Australian music industry – working with some high profile acts such as Spiderbait, Justine Clarke and Clare Bowditch. She was an Event Co-ordinator for the Big Day Out Festival, managed tours of numerous national and international artists, and worked as a Publicist and Radio Announcer on both 3RRR and 3PBS. Since moving to the region, she has become very involved in the local arts community and has been a member of the Barwon Heads Arts Committee. She loves living on the Bellarine with her partner, four children and two dogs.
As a designer, artist and sustainability specialist Suzette works across a range of projects in architecture, urban design, ecology and food systems. In recent years Suzette has been instrumental in numerous regional sustainability initiatives including urban activation with the Australian first Geelong Better Block project, and event management for the Geelong Sustainable Living Festival. Locally Suzette participated on the Future Proofing Task Group, the Encompass - The Paddock Consultative Committee, Geelong Sustainability Group committee and is currently a host for local community radio 94.7ThePulse.
Bron Lawson develops and manages arts projects that respond to community needs and galvanise collaboration amongst local organisations, businesses and individuals. Her creative work has touched many organisations including Bluebird Foundation, Kids Plus, the Geelong Youth Choir and Noah's Ark. She is also an experienced and passionate practitioner, facilitating parent-child music groups in therapeutic and educational settings including the Young Parents Access Program at Northern Bay College and Let's Make Music!
Victoria Strachan is President of the Barwon Heads Arts Council Inc. which promotes the importance of creative education through workshops and events. With a membership base of 300, the Arts Council promotes the arts throughout the Bellarine Peninsula and is seeking to develop an arts hub for the community and artists to come together.