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 flying the coop from the Arts Northern Rivers team, and soaring into her own practice.
Kylie has been with ANR for 4 years and in this time time has led a myriad of Indigenous focused projects with highlights being the Bundjalung Weavers project featuring workshops, on-country botanical immersions, and the beautiful oral history and reclamation publication: Bulaan Buruugaa Ngali, We Weave Together, Wandjaarii Maalii; textile and design industry development, and; Art on Bundjalung Market (2021 & 2022).
Kylie has worked intelligently & generously with a considerable number of Indigenous creatives to develop their creative practice, to assist them in steps into professional practice and open professional opportunities for Bundjalung artists from emerging to established. We thank Kylie deeply for her work with us, and wish all the very best in her future endeavours. We are thrilled that Kylie will stay connected with Arts Northern Rivers with Wandjaarii Maalii and as the Project Curator for the 2024/25 ground breaking exhibition: Bulaan Buruugaa Ngali, We Weave Together, at Grafton Regional Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery & Lismore Regional Gallery.
We are currently recruiting for Kylie’s role, stay tuned for updates.
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, living on unceded Bundjalung jugun. Paris is an emerging producer for First Nations theatre and dance, with a deep love of Aboriginal performance and storytelling in all its forms. Paris has a background in First Nations education as a program coordinator, specifically in the spaces of knowledge sharing, education outreach, and community co-design. Paris is passionate about supporting artists, communities, and young people to create and share their stories through the arts. 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.