Meet Your Advisors

Contact a funding Advisor 

Advisors are available across the State to help you with your application. To book a time to talk to an Advisor, please click here. 

Some of the project partner organisations are also available for specialist advice in their respective fields. Click on the links below to book a time or contact them: 

Sarah Atkinson is trained in visual arts and business management and has established careers in the performing and visual arts. Sarah has lived on Gunai Kurnai Country in Central Gippsland since 2012.

Christy Flaws has experience in circus, physical theatre, visual arts, storytelling, community publishing, and film and lives on Djangi Dja Dja Wurrung Balakin Clunes.

Amelia Kingston lives and works on Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung Country, in Deep Lead (Western Vic). Amelia is the Project Manager for the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative and has a background in teaching. Amelia is a potter and embroiderer.

Hannah Schneider is an experienced arts manager and grants administrator, having previously worked in the Arts Development team at Creative Victoria and the Creative Learning team at Arts Centre Melbourne. Hannah lives and works on Wurundjeri Country in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Kellie Sutherland is a renowned musician with a passion for supporting community cultural development. Kellie currently lives and works across North East Victoria on Bpangerang, Dhudhuroa, Taungurung, Waveroo and Yorta Yorta Country.

Aaron Stephanus is a Naarm-born, Namibian-raised (Naarmibian for short!) emcee based on Wurundjeri and Woi Wurrung country on the lands of the Kulin Nation. For the past 16 years he has been an active member of the Melbourne Hip Hop community under the moniker 1/6 and is also part of the Afro-Jazz collectives The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and ZEDSIX, while collaborating with numerous artists and creatives from all over the globe.

Grace Vanilau is an Aotearoa born Sāmoan woman residing and working on Boonwurrung country on the sacred lands of the great Kulin Nations.  A Community Arts and Cultural Development practitioner and interdisciplinary artist.  She morphs across mediums as a weaver, writer and international performance artist; singer, songwriter and spoken word poet, more importantly she is a proud mama and grandma.

Malcolm Sanders is the Acting Director of Regional Partnerships. Mal has a background in theatre and youth arts education and has worked in the small to medium arts sector in Melbourne and Geelong for nearly 20 years. Mal has a broad experience in governance, arts management, and planning. Malcolm currently lives on Wadawurrung country in Central Victoria.

Tim Dakin has a BA in Performance studies and 30 years working in community development and the arts having worked with young people, Disabled artists, and mental health initiatives. Tim lives and works on Gunai Kurnai Country in Gippsland.