Vanessa Keenan has over 18 years experience in cultural and strategic planning. Working across a broad range of sectors in the arts & cultural industry has given Vanessa a unique base to provide expertise. Vanessa has worked in management roles in the local government and non-profit sectors as well as running a busy consultancy since 2010. Vanessa has a strong focus on public art and cultural strategic planning in a local government and regional context. Her passion and experience in community engagement brings significant value to the projects she works on.
Polish born, Melbourne based artist and curator
Starting her arts career as a writer, Dagmara found English as a second language limiting so she began to teach herself storytelling in different mediums from film, puppetry, theatre, photography and installation. Effectively becoming a multidisciplinary artist and has worked in this way for over 25 years.
As a way of connecting her Australian practice to the wider world she has curated a substantial number of grass roots programs, events, discussions, residencies , live art and site specific performances.
Besides independently designing and writing for theatre and creating public art projects locally and overseas - her personal interests further unearthed the connections of forms and disciplines with her design research culminating in becoming the first graduate of the Master of Design for Performance at Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) - under the banner of a visual dramaturg, which she has pioneered in Australia and has represented in Prague Quadrennial – 2019 World Stage Design Festival where she presented a workshop for international designers.
Dagmara is a teaching associate at the Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne in various subjects including Design For The Moving Image and Sustainable Practice and Visual Dramaturgy.
Dagmara runs an artist residency space in her hometown of Łódź, Poland – which focuses on cultural exchange as well as in Melbourne, Australia for artists who are interested in upcycling and sustainable practices at the THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE of which she is a founding member.
Mikk Hwat is a multidisciplinary producer and visual artist with a penchant to creating productions that differ from the generic form. His work proposes creative and technical solutions to ethereal and physical challenges. Having traversed the design, communications, entertainment, corporate, TV and film worlds for well over a decade, he pulls from all experiences to achieve outstanding end results, be it a small room live production or lighting design for a stadium show, a 30 second TVC or a contemporary interactive installation.
His work has taken him over three continents, managing productions of all kinds. He tries to always bring on ideas and solutions while taking away crucial experiences well applied on future projects. He strives to challenge the creative industries by blending creative problem solving, a healthy dose of real-world hands-on experience, cutting edge technology, and asymmetrical data analytics.
“Bring me my Leatherman and come back in an hour, I'll have it sorted.”