Meet Your Advisors

Our Regional Arts Fund advisors are located across the state. You are able to discuss your project by making a booking.

Malcolm Sanders is the Senior Manager 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. 
Advising applicants in Ballarat, Macedon Ranges, Ararat, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Mt Alexander, Pyrenees, Hepburn, and Mooroobool Shires.

Jo Grant is the Manager of the South West and her work supports the South West Creative Industries Strategy. She is a strong advocate for recognition of arts across the region and works with community, and alongside all tiers of government, to broker support and provide advice, opportunities and skills development for artists and organisations. Jo has a Master of Visual arts and a background in tertiary teaching and project management. Jo lives and works on Peek Whurrong Country in the Gunditjmara nation.
Advising applicants in Great South Coast partnership shires as well as Northern Grampians, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Colac Otway Shires.

Loraine Little is an experienced arts manager with a strong regional community arts development focus. She’s previously worked at the Victorian College of the Arts, St Martins Youth Arts and Next Wave. Loraine lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country and works on Wemba Wemba / Wadi Wadi country in North West Victoria.
Advising applicants in Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Loddon, Horsham, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Buloke, Yarriambiack, Bendigo, Campaspe and Mildura Shires.

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.
Advising applicants in Wellington, East Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.

Kellie Sutherland has dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, and more recently as an arts worker in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region. With a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement and Creative Recovery practices, Kellie is passionate about inspiring, connecting and thriving creatively.
Advising Regional Arts Fund applicants in Apline, Indigo, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Contact a funding Advisor
Please note – Advisors are available to discuss Regional Arts Fund Project Grants and Quick Response Grants ONLY.
To book a time to talk to an Advisor servicing your area, please click here 

If your region is not listed under an advisor’s name, any of our advisors are happy to take your call, please select one based on availability.