Regional Arts Victoria welcomes three new Creative Arts Recovery Facilitators

Posted in Creative Catalysts on 01/Dec/2014 14:00

We congratulate and welcome Amanda Gibson, Carolynne Hamdorf and Andrea Lane, who will be working closely with Regional Arts Victoria’s Cultural Partnership team. 

The Creative Arts Recovery Facilitator positions have been developed to support creative recovery in the disaster affected communities. Funded by a partnership with the Department of Human Services via Arts Victoria, they will be working closely with people impacted by the 2014 bushfires.

“Art has a unique role to play in disaster recovery which is both powerful and subtle. Our Creative Arts Facilitators will work sensitively and strategically to leave a lasting legacy of creative collaborations and connections that foster wellbeing, resilience and innovation,” said Esther Anatolitis, Director, Regional Arts Victoria.

"We know that many individuals and communities benefit by using creative outlets as part of their journey toward recovery. I really welcome the appointment of creative arts recovery facilitators to support  recovery of communities impacted by the 2014 bushfires." Carmel Flynn, Director Health & Human Services Emergency Management.

Amanda Gibson
Creative Arts Facilitator in Mitchell / Macedon / Hume region

Amanda has been working with fire affected communities since the Black Saturday fires in 2009. She is the Project Manager of the Blacksmiths' Tree; managing the creation of a 10m high stainless steel and copper gumtree with 3,500 metal leaves made by hundreds of blacksmiths throughout the world.

Amanda is also a graphic designer, painter and designer of public sculpture. She is the 2014 Nillumbik Citizen of the Year and the recipient of the Selina Sutherland International Women's Day Award for her work with the Blacksmiths' Tree. She is also very proud of receiving the "Full Monty" award from Montsalvat staff at the Nillumbik Prize for her ability to turn a piano into a chair.

Her favourite things include working with other creative people, helping artists to flourish and seeing their work uplift and inspire.

Carolynne Hamdorf
Creative Arts Facilitator in Northern Grampians / Horsham region

Carolynne is based in Natimuk, Western Victoria and has worked as a freelance arts and project facilitator. Prior to this Carolynne worked as the Localities Enhancing Arts Participation (LEAP) Facilitator, a three-year VicHealth funded project exploring the link between arts participation, social connection and well-being. 
Most recently, she was engaged as the Project Manager of The Verj Natimuk’s Small Town Transformations Project. Carolynne is interested in developing locally relevant, participatory arts opportunities with regional & remote communities. Carolynne has a Masters in Management and a Bachelor of Education.


Andrea Lane
Creative Arts Facilitator in East Gippsland / Wellington region

Andrea Lane has had a wide ranging career - from public service to webmaster at Fairfax Media, to here. Since moving to East Gippsland in 2001 Andrea has found her niche in the arts, learning from everyone around her (and RMIT) – to drive community-based ideas such as the well-known Nowa Nowa Nudes  and (f)route – projects with great artistic, social, environmental and ‘enterprise’ outcomes.

Andrea is passionate about community resilience, the Gippsland identity, great all-encompassing experiences and small perfect moments. 

Regional Arts Victoria welcomes three new Creative Arts Recovery Facilitators joining our team across regional Victoria for one year.

Dept Human Services