Abbie Pedersen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Applied Art and Design and has spent the better part of 14 years in the creative sector, increasing awareness of art and design through public engagement, professional development and educational programs. Abbie specialises in working with local communities providing engaging content and experiences, designing and delivering capacity building programs and events. Abbie is also a wedding celebrant, has opened a venue for nuptials in Fremantle and continues to marry people on the weekends in the Great Southern. Work History; Dark Mofo, Design Tasmania, Mona, FORM, Monsoon Gallery and Plimsol Gallery.
Josephine brings over a decade of experience designing and creating multimedia content for community and commercial entities throughout Western Australia. As a fiddle-player and a film maker, Josephine’s interests in communication and connectivity emerge through a huge array of creative practices, both long-established and newly innovated. In recent years, her work designing for live theatre in cinemas has been received with great acclaim. Josephine’s commitment to creativity and community closely informs all of her work.
Ruth is a proud Noongar woman, descending from the Kaneang nation and living in Pibbulmun Country, Kwoorabup/Denmark. Mother to eight children, Ruth has been a craft activist and artist for over 20 years, teaching first herself, and then guiding others to sew creatively, making, revamping and upcycling clothing and making art works. She has produced works for community projects, exhibitions and performances for the last 15 years on Pibbulmun and Minang Noongar Boodja. Her journey into deepening her connection to her culture is a personal recognition of her life’s work in caring for boodja while actively developing her presence in her local community as a Noongar representative, as well as a long-awaited degree in Indigenous Knowledge, History and Culture at UWA, Kinjarling/Albany. Ruth is proud to be Distributed 15’s First Nations Producer.
Carl Heslop reluctantly walked into the Denmark taster workshops for The Beauty Index in 2016. Carl was swept up in the excitement of seeing his wife perform in The Creation of Now and had to overcome some significant fear to join his first ever dance project. He walked into The Beauty Index a footballer and a father wanting to role model to his boys that they can do anything. He left a dancer, performer, and advocate for community arts projects. Since then, he has danced with SHOON arts, volunteered on Chorus, performed with the pvi collective, completed his PhD in public health and worked with Annette as a tour manager and soloist on the recent successful regional tour of The Beauty Index in 2021.
Michelle Wright has been involved in the Arts in her hometown of Margaret River for over a decade. She has a strong ambition to support emerging creative talents and foster the love of words and with experience in teaching at university and TAFE, Michelle has a passion and commitment for excellence in the arts, believing all arts are essential to build active, healthy communities. Michelle has Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology, a Post Graduate degree in Oenology and MBA completing core units in Event Management, Financial Management, Quality Management and Strategic Marketing/Sales Management. She is the owner and event coordinator of Somersault Events and has been the event manager for Cinefest OZ and Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. Michelle is currently the general manager at Arts Margaret River.
Megan Lemon lives, works and experiments with a wide range of human hobbies.
Located in the Shire of Ravensthorpe, Megan works as a Project Manager at the Community Resource Centre where she is studying her Cert IV in Leadership and Management. She is an administrator for local arts group Rave About Arts and is also learning light and sound tech. She has worked in the Shire of Ravensthorpe and on a five town tour circuit on a variety of projects from comedy to theatre.
Owen Hinton has more than 10 years of experience working and volunteering in community events and arts in regional WA. He has frequently performed or worked behind the scenes with recent roles in the musical Hello Dolly and in Annette Carmichael’s The Beauty Index. Owen has worked in youth event and project co-ordination for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Country Arts. He often performs at the Goldfields Repertory Club where he has also co-produced original works and is currently directing a youth musical.
Diana Moss is a passionate advocate for the arts and has worked in the education sector for 42 years in both metropolitan and country schools in WA. Her passion for the arts and the environment is demonstrated by her involvement with various community groups over the past 23 years since becoming a resident of Northcliffe, which is located on Pibelmun country within the Noongar Nation. Diana is currently the Chairperson of Southern Forest Arts and the Northcliffe based producer for the Distributed 15 project. She believes that the arts are a powerful medium for transformation and connection.