Jane has worked extensively in the Northern Rivers region as an independent producer, Placemaking Producer for the Lismore Quad, Festival Producer for the Boomerang Festival (Bluesfest) and Programming Manager for NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts). From 2014 to 2018, Jane was the General Manager for BlakDance – the national Peak Organisation for First Nations dance. Other roles have included Executive Producer for Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), Associate Producer for the Australian Cultural Festival, Australian Embassy, Jakarta and Executive Producer for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali.
Kylie Caldwell is a Bundjalung woman who is dedicated to sustaining and promoting Aboriginal Arts & Culture. Kylie has come full circle, having started a career in textile and art design and then working 14 years with the Department of Education where she implemented engagement programs focusing on student attendance, aspirations and arts. Kylie has decided to follow her passion returning to arts. She is a multidisciplinary artist that has been regenerating Bundjalung weaving, working with local groups of women in Bundjalung and researching museum collections in Australia and overseas.
Holly has spent the last 13 years living and working in the Northern Rivers in the creative industry as a graphic designer and Jack Of All Trades. Alongside artist, Jordana Henry, Holly opened Yeah, Nice Gallery in 2018. Holly continues to co-run and co-curate Yeah, Nice, which has produced almost 50 shows to date. She is passionate about The Arts and seeing as many opportunities for artists come to fruition as possible, and then sharing their stories with the community.
Sean worked as a PR Executive Director for a top London firm where he managed clients from the UK, Amsterdam, Milan, Paris and New York for London and Paris Fashion Week. He is the Projects & Communications Manager/Costume Designer for Dance Integrated Australia and has styled and costumed for Restless Dance Theatre, No Strings Attached, Vitalstatistix, Finucane & Smith and Accessible Arts. Sean was also Projects/Digital Marketing Coordinator with BlakDance, Australia’s national industry body for contemporary Indigenous dance – Dana Waranara (2015) and the NIDF (2017). He is currently Project Manager and dancer for MOVE IT – Dance Fitness Fun.
Paris Mordecai | First Nations Program Coordinator
Paris Mordecai is a proud Widjabul Wyabul woman from the Bundjalung nation, living on unceded Arakwal Jogun in Byron Bay. Paris has a background in First Nations education as a program coordinator in the tertiary education sector, specifically in the spaces of knowledge strengthening and communication, community co-design, and working with young people to build cultural confidence and aspiration. Moving into the arts space, Paris brings a strong passion for First Nations knowledge amplification, storytelling, and community outreach. Paris is also Creative Producer, First Nations at Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).
Jen joins Arts Northern Rivers after spending almost a decade working at VicScreen administering state Government grant funding to practitioners in the Victorian film, television, web series and games industries. There, she developed a strong passion for supporting individuals in the creative sector realise their artistic visions. She is a firm believer in the vital role that art, in all its rich forms, plays in the well-being of society. Jen’s love of the written word also led her to complete postgraduate studies in writing and literature at Deakin University.
Sasha is excited to join Arts Northern Rivers as Accounts Administrator which is a new direction for her in the creative community and not for profit space. With varied and evolving interests, Sasha has a love of learning new things. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) and Veterinary Nurse qualifications and worked in these fields before starting her own bookkeeping business as a qualified bookkeeper and BAS agent, supporting small local business with their financial management for the past 7 years.