The people behind the project

Kathie Stove, chair and treasurer, 0417 086 870
Kathie is a writer and editor who has long promoted and volunteered in the arts and environment. She was arts editor of The Islander from 2007 to 2014; and has published Artists of the Art Part – profiles of 27 island artists – from articles originally published on The Islander‘s arts page. Kathie was a member of the Adelaide Festival Friends Council 1997-2004, Kangaroo Island Art Feast committee 2010-2013, and committees of state and national editors’ bodies. She received a Premier’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding volunteer service, 2011, and Community Individual Award, Hills and Coasts, SA Regional Awards, 2012.

Janine Mackintosh, secretary
Janine is an artist who lives and works from her remote bush property on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. She has a Bachelor of Design and spent 14 years as a partner in a graphic design practice in Adelaide, then two years as a producer for a large advertising agency before turning to art full time and moving to Kangaroo Island. Janine often welcomes visitors from around the world into her hilltop studio near D’Estrees Bay and enjoys sharing the inspiration, ideas and techniques behind her art practice. She is an Arts Ambassador for Authentic Kangaroo Island.

Ria Byass, fundraising
Ria is recently retired and re-emerging as an artist. She is enjoying working collaboratively with other artists on a range of projects and exhibiting locally and off island. Ria, who holds a Diploma in Teaching Fine Arts, was an arts educator for
30 years, encouraging the learning of art and crafts, creating and maintaining a comprehensive art library, and running and participating in workshops and courses. During extensive international travel she has visited and learned from galleries, studios and museums. She has taken a particular interest in the island crafts and contemporary art of Tahiti in the last 10 years.

Deb Sleeman, building
Artist and sculptor Deb works from the house and studio she built overlooking Pelican Lagoon. She is a long-term resident of Kangaroo Island, originally moving there as a social worker in the mid-1970s. Deb has completed a number of public art sculptures on the mainland, and has contributed artworks and installations in numerous sculpture biennials and outdoor sculpture exhibitions in South Australia and interstate. She has worked with Kangaroo Island Council and schools on public art works, community projects and workshops. Deb has a Bachelor of Applied and Visual Arts, and was awarded the South Australian Youth Arts Board Artist as Educator Award in 2008. As a volunteer she has served Kangaroo Island on several boards and committees.

Committee advisers

These advisers are generously donating their time and expertise to the Art Museum project.

Lauren Mustillo
Lauren is Visual Arts Program Manager at Country Arts SA with experience in curation and exhibition management in Australia and the UK. She has a Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Art History from The University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (History and Theory Specialisation) from the University of South Australia. Lauren grew up on SA’s Limestone Coast and understands the challenges and barriers, as well as the joys, of living in a regional community. Her work coordinating diverse, large-scale exhibitions travelling to multiple venues, often over several years, has her working with regional arts professionals and volunteers to help artists realise their artistic visions.

Maudie Palmer AO
Maudie is an expert in the field of Australian modern art and contemporary visual art as a curator and director, and develops visions for the design and operation of new museums or renovated gallery buildings. Maudie’s many accomplishments include Founding Director and curator of both Heide Park and Art Gallery 1981–1996 (now Heide Museum of Modern Art), and TarraWarra Museum of Art 2000–2009, where she returned as acting director 2011–2012. At Heide, she also developed the vision and established the sculpture park. At Heide and at TarraWarra, she was Project Director of the major buildings, from developing the vision and the architects briefs. As a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University, Maudie initiated and completed the Birrarung Project, which encompassed Indigenous heritage, history post settlement, art, architecture, environment and sustainability. Maudie has also consulted on a wide range of projects from concept to execution, and directed major public art projects with Australian and international artists.

Sue Arlidge
Sue’s vision is to help business, organisations and communities be the best they can by fostering the development of skills and vision, cooperation and collaboration. As a strategic thinker, business mechanic, resource investigator and connector, Sue visualises the big picture and uses her strength in networking to connect people and business to create strategic alliances and achieve outcomes. By influencing business and organisational confidence she has helped build the business capacity and capability of Kangaroo Island. In a partnership with Business-SA and Entrepreneurs’ Program as a Strengthening Business Facilitator, Sue is helping fire-affected communities to rebuild, transform and adapt following the bushfires.

Rob Brookman AM

Arts administrator, cultural programmer, theatre producer and festival director, Rob Bookman, has held leadership positions in a number of the Australasia’s foremost festivals and performing arts organisations including the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia. In 1992 he co-founded Australia’s leading world music festival WOMADelaide and remained as Artistic Director and/or Artistic Advisor for 15 years. He is currently Chair of UKARIA, SA’s unique privately funded concert hall in the Adelaide Hills and a trustee of the WOMADelaide Foundation. He was awarded the 2017 Ruby Award for Lifetime Achievement (with Ulrike Klein). Rob has led a number of significant cultural fund-raising campaigns, and the establishment of four private arts foundations. He and his wife, playwright Verity Laughton, co-own and operate a small eco-retreat at Cape Hart on Kangaroo Island.

Jessica Mensforth

Project manager, Jess Mensforth, is currently an IT project analyst with the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, and has had significant project experience with diverse range of organisations in Australia and overseas. She is a graduate of the Business SA South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme and has been recognised for her innovative ideas and initiatives in several circumstances. Jess is a Kangaroo Island landowner.

Contact the committee

PO Box 648 Penneshaw 5222
Instagram: @artmuseumkangarooisland
Twitter: @ArtsKangarooIs

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