About Us

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Katherine Regional Arts supports residents of the region to access arts and cultural opportunities. Katherine Regional Arts was established in 2000 as a community cultural development organisation and in 2002 was constituted through registration with the NT Associations Incorporation Act.

Currently, KRA is funded through a range of avenues including ArtsNT, the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund, philanthropic foundations, local business sponsorship and revenue generated at events.

Our Value Statement

Katherine Regional Arts is creating a vibrant and integrated community through delivering art and cultural experiences. We increase the diversity and visibility of artists and art practices in the region.

Our Role

Katherine Regional Arts, as the leading community cultural arts development organisation in the Katherine region, works co-operatively with local, Territory and national organisations and artists to:

  • develop and implement community driven arts and cultural initiatives throughout the region;
  • advocate for, advise, support and promote artists and arts organisations in the region;
  • enrich individual and community life through participation in and exposure to the arts;
  • encourage long term planning for the arts; and
  • facilitate community development

Executive Officer Jacinta Mooney

Executive Officer (full time)

Jacinta Mooney

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work for KRA as the new EO and am well aware I join a long line of folk who have worked hard to keep the arts alive in the Katherine region. Along with our admin team (few in number but ever so loyal), our committed board, volunteers and general public, I will continue the cause for artistic opportunities in our town and region.

Originally, from country South Australia I first came to live in Katherine in 1998. I remained in the Territory for another nine years, including living and working in Ngukurr, Wadeye and Darwin. My work has been predominantly in education (literacy and literature), indigenous health and the performing arts. I returned to Katherine a year ago with my daughter, after an absence of six years. These years were spent in Ethiopia and Melbourne.

The Katherine region places a special hold on people. Its richness in landscape, people, and stories is tantalising. A place for the arts to flourish…….I look forward to meeting, listening, working with you all to ensure art is made, heard, seen and felt in this place.

 

Community Arts Officer (3 days a week)

Callum Flinn

Callum moved to Katherine in 2015 from Melbourne where he completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) at JMC Academy.

 

Projects Officer (2 days a week)

Anna Weekes

 

Finance Officer (1 day a week)

Clare Davies

 

Our Management Committee

The business of KRA is managed under the direction of a Management Committee. With knowledge in governance, policy, financial planning, creative programming and funding acquisition, the KRA committee plays an important role in strategic and business planning.

Chairperson

David Shemmell

David has enjoyed an 11-year career in the finance and insurance industry, during which he’s acquired a great deal of knowledge about commercial risk and its management, control and transfer.  During his career David has focussed on such industries as Hospitality, Transport, Information Technology and Infrastructure, advising a wide spectrum of clientele, from sole traders to listed public companies.  With a view to broaden his views of Australia, and understand of some of the more challenging aspects of the Australian insurance climate, David moved to Katherine in 2013.  Originally from Melbourne, David is frequently travelling back and forth between Katherine and Brisbane where his son Oscar lives, now 13 years old.  Currently he runs the Katherine branch of Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers.  In his downtime David enjoys playing and listening to music, visiting friends as well as watching old movies.

 

Deputy Chair

Kylie Stothers

Kylie was born and raised in Katherine.  Kylie is a Jawoyn woman and she comes from a large local family with strong ties to the Katherine and surrounding community. Kylie holds the following qualifications:  Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Management and Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion.  Kylie is a proud mum of two children and she enjoys the opportunities that the Katherine community provide for her family.

Kylie has been involved with numerous boards and committees at both the local and national level.  Nationally, Kylie was a national Board Director of Indigenous Allied Health Australia from 2009 – 2014 and was the Deputy Chairperson from 2010-2014.  Kylie has strong skills and interest in governance and joined the KRA board this year.

Kylie is passionate about her home community and remote health has been her working life passion for over 17 years as a social worker.  Her work has taken her across the NT and has shown her the beauty that lies across the best places of the NT and the people that she has met along the way.  Now as a parent she is a strong advocate in being able to give all children and youth an opportunity to explore their world through creating opportunities, Kylie believes that KRA is and can be central to being that advocate for the regions next generation of creative artist.

Current Lecturer with Centre for Remote Health / Flinders NT (Katherine Office).

 

Secretary

Lillian Tait

Lil grew up in Canberra and studied community development in Newcastle. Lil has extensive experience in working with multicultural communities focusing on community arts, food, skill sharing. Lil is based in Katherine working with Enterprise Learning Projects as an enterprise facilitator and accounts manager working in the remote community of Minyerri. Lil loves the arts, the bush, and everything about ‘community’.

 

Treasurer

Kate Lightfoot

Kate grew up in Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Law and Arts at Monash University. After working in Employment Law in Melbourne she and her partner closed up shop and headed to Katherine in a HR panel van. Kate works as the outreach solicitor at the Katherine Womens’ Information and Legal Service. Having been in Katherine for two years Kate loves the diverse art scene in Katherine. She herself is an amateur painter and avid reader. She hopes to one day learn how to make pottery.

 

Public Officer

Kayne Jansen

Kayne grew up playing music on the South Coast of NSW. Indoctrinated into Jazz by his big brother and jamming buddies, Kayne developed a love for the music, particularly improvisation. Kayne eventually decided to pursue a more formal education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Con opened the Pandora’s Box of improvised music that would make him realise that he needed to dedicate many years to solitary practice before he would even come close to being the musician he needed to be.

Kayne wanted, however, a life with more people in it, so commenced a degree in Nursing at Wollongong. A final practical placement at the Lajamanu Health Centre would plant a seed in Kayne that continues to grow as he works between Lajamanu and Katherine, now sharing his love of the region with his partner and children. Kayne still plays and writes, bringing a strong musical agenda to KRA.

Board Member

Richard Starr

Richard Starr has had a career in music, theatre and education since 1985. Apart from being an accomplished keyboard and trumpet player, Richard is an audio engineer, composer, and educator. He has worked extensively in Sydney with community theatre, professional theatre and film, live music and was heavily involved in music production for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, corporate functions and live music. Richard has been the music teacher at Katherine High for the last 3 years. In 2017, Richard will be working for the NT School of Music, based in Katherine.

Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours University of Wollongong
Master of Education Macquarie University
Grad Dip Learning and Teaching University of Southern Queensland

 

Board Member

Brioni McGrath

Brioni McGrath has lived in the Katherine Region since 2010, predominantly working as a youth worker in regional and remote areas. Currently Brioni is studying a bachelor degree in Humanitarian and Community Studies, and is also Chair of the Katherine Community Market. Her passion for the arts lies in theatre, circus, and crafts.  During her youth she thrived on theatre and won several awards in the Townsville theatre scene. For over 15 years Brioni has done fire twirling performances and conducted workshops in this area. Over the years Brioni has attended numerous KRA workshops and performances that KRA have delivered.  Brioni places significant value on the role the arts plays in a healthy community, especially in regional and remote areas where opportunities and activities are harder to access.  Brioni is delighted to be a member of the KRA team.

 

Our Partners

As a small, regional organisation we understand the importance of genuine collaboration for ensuring our programs are inclusive, accessible and efficient.

We regularly partner with:

  • Katherine-based arts organisations (Djilpin Arts, Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre, Territory Craft Katherine);
  • Territory-based arts organisations (Arts NT, Artback NT, Darwin Festival, Darwin Community Arts, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, ABC Open)
  • Local community services (The Smith Family, Mission Australia, Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service, Venndale Rehabilitation Centre);
  • Local government (Katherine Town Council, Roper Gulf Shire, Victoria Daly Shire)
  • Education providers (Charles Darwin University, Katherine High School, remote Indigenous community schools, St Joseph’s Catholic College, NT Library)
  • Local businesses (Enterprise Learning Partnerships, The Top Saddlery & Bush Boutique, Dragonfly Catering, The Escarpment Restaurant, Katherine Sports and Rec Club, Top Didj).

If you are interested in partnering with KRA for an event please get in touch.
Katherine Regional Arts is proudly sponsored by the NT Government and the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund.

 

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