Emma Anna

Emma Anna

Emma Anna is a graduate of RMIT University’s Masters’ of Art (Art in Public Space) program. She works primarily for local councils across Australia and internationally, creating public projects with an emphasis on text, colour, modes of communication and the idea of ‘the mass’. She uses tools of language, popular culture, humour, universal symbolism and everyday technologies to help define both place and community.


Fiona Phillips

Fiona Phillips

Fiona has been teaching and educating for 25 years. She has taught in Early childhood settings, Primary settings as both Generalist and Performing Arts / Music Specialist. Fiona has held positions in both the Government and Private sector and has for the last 15 years has taught and mentored at the tertiary level at Deakin University where she is currently completing her doctorate.


Jonathon Welch

Jonathon Welch

Jonathon has lead some of Australia ’s finest community choirs including the award-winning Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir to win the Australasian Choral Championships at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod; recording and conducting Mythologia for the Olympic Cultural Festival with Graeme Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company; and recording and performing with k d lang and Jimmy Sommerville to name a few amongst dozens of memorable performances.


Leslie Pearson

Leslie Pearson

Leslie Pearson is an award-winning multimedia artist, community arts advocate, and educator. In 1998, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Southeast Missouri State University and was heavily involved in community arts programming as the Assistant Director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and co-curator of Gallery 100 and the Lorimer Gallery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 2000, she earned an MA in Museum Studies at Newcastle University in England and completed an internship at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, England.


Kerrie Bedson

Kerrie Bedson

Kerrie Bedson worked has worked in a variety of jobs. The skills and values that she brings to each is that of creativity and wellbeing. As an artist she has explored photography, sculpture, ceramics, bookmaking, weaving, printmaking and mixed media.

Trained as a teacher with a major in Visual Art, (BA in Ed., Deakin University) she has worked as an educator for many years within Victorian schools. Further studies with a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy (RMIT) incorporated her two passions, Arts and Wellbeing.


Meme McDonald

Meme McDonald

In 2007, Meme was engaged as Artistic Director of Connecting Identities to envisage the concept for a three year arts project that could address the issue of identity in a rapidly changing post-industrial Geelong. In consultation with traditional owners and Arts & Culture Department, Meme proposed Mountain to Mouth as an extreme arts walk creating a contemporary songline across Geelong. Meme directed the pilot, Mouth to Mountain, in 2009, and subsequently the multi-award winning M~M2014 and M~M2016.


Tim Neal

Tim Neal

Blues & Roots

Tim has been a professional musician for 35 years, playing his first ever gig at GPAC. Since then, Tim has become one the most respected and prolific Hammond Organ players in the country touring nationally and internationally sharing stages and studios with artists such as John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd,

Kate Cebrano, Ross Wilson, Joss Stone, Dr John, James Taylor and many, many more. He is a producer and engineer and teaches many instruments and is a core team member of the Blues Boot Camp.