Meet some of the incredible artists and artsworkers who have worked on past projects.
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 Kaneang Noongar, born on Minang boodja. She has been a craft activist and artist for over 20 years. She has produced works for community projects, exhibitions and performances for the last 15 years on Pibbulmun and Minang Noongar boodja. She currently studies Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage at UWA, Kinjarling.
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.
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.
Sayah was born and raised in the Porongurup area and is involved in many community activities over a decade including social, environmental and creative. She has a strong ambition to foster a sustainable community, support creative talents and encourage a sense of belonging and responsibility for the local area. After graduating UWA with a bachelors of science, double majoring environmental science and conservation in 2018 Sayah has been working on numerous project through Oyster Harbour Catchment Group caring for community and the environment. Sayah has a passion for the arts, believing it's essential to build and activate community. Assisting in and participating in many local, annual art initiatives including "Art in the Porongurup", Porongurup Snowball and Michelle House's 9x5 fundraiser.
Quinn has been intermittently studying a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Health Promotion and minoring in Youth Work. Quinn has a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and remote areas. Having been born and raised in Ravensthorpe, she has a special connection to this area. Quinn is an administrator for Rave About Arts where she coordinates projects and tours, manages relationships, works as a grant officer and works on social media.
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.