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Arts advisory board
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Apr 2022

The Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, endorsed by council in February 2016, will provide advice and direction for council to consider as it develops a strategic blueprint to grow the region’s investment in the arts.

Contact the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board.

Role of the board

The board’s role is to:

  • guide, promote and help build the identity of the Sunshine Coast as an arts destination for tourism and industry
  • advocate the region’s advantages to secure new investment in arts and cultural infrastructure
  • provide strategic advice to council in relation to arts and cultural facilities and infrastructure
  • provide advice on strategic direction of wider cultural policy and strategy
  • provide opportunities to develop philanthropic activity in relation to the regional arts offer.

Board members

The members of the board have a diverse range of skills, expertise and creative insight in strategic planning and the development of cultural policy. The first priority for the board is to develop a framework for the development of a strategic, 20 year Regional Arts and Cultural Plan including a vision for the region’s cultural future.

Cr Mark Jamieson: Mayor - Sunshine Coast Council

Prior to his election as Mayor in 2012, Mark Jamieson enjoyed an extensive career in chief executive and senior leadership roles in the private sector, with both strategic and operational responsibilities for customer satisfaction, staff development, business performance/expansion and shareholder growth.

Aside from a proven track record of successful business expansion and a demonstrated capacity to grow and develop himself and those around him, he has also been actively involved in ensuring his companies and the Sunshine Coast Council not only "do well but do good".

  • 2008 - Executive Leadership Program, Harvard University, Cambridge USA
  • 1990 To 1995 - Bachelor of Business (Distinction) with double major in Marketing and Human Resources Management (University of Southern Queensland). 

Mayoral Objective

A strong united team at council which delivers a robust economy, a strong community, an enviable lifestyle and environment and provides value for the community by delivering quality leadership and services.

Cr Rick Baberowksi: Councillor - Sunshine Coast Council

Cr Rick Baberowski joined the Sunshine Coast Council in 2012 after successfully winning the seat of Division 1 at the local government elections.

Prior to politics Rick was a creative industries consultant working closely with his partner Karen Tyler for over seven years and together they delivered a wide range of arts, cultural development projects across Queensland including such diverse regional centres as Mitchell, Cardwell, Rockhampton, Mackay, Noosa and Redlands.

He joined local government as an arts planner in 2000 and delivered several arts infrastructure projects including:

  • local government art collection policy and cultural development strategy
  • the award winning $2.5m Seaside Museum on Bribie Island;
  • the $2 million Q150 re-development of the Caboolture Historical Village;
  • the community museum and arts centre at Woodford;
  • the $30 million Regional Gallery and Creative Industries in the Caboolture HUB;

Rick also serviced on several arts sector boards and policy review panels, delivered some of the region’s first public art symposiums, heritage books and trails, major performance events and was the recipient of a Gallery and Museums Achievement Award (GAMAA) for individual achievement.

Collette Brennan (Chair): Principal Sole Trader

Collette Brennan has 20 years arts leadership and management experience, and extensive knowledge of arts based practices issues and opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. She is an arts consultant focused on national and international audience and market development.

Previously, Collette was Director of International Development, Acting Executive Director of Arts Development and Director of Market Development at the Australia Council for the Arts; Executive Director of Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus Circa; the founding Creative Director of The Edge, State Library of Queensland’s program for children and young people; General Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival for 3 to 8 year olds, and; Executive Officer of Youth Arts Queensland, the state’s peak body for youth arts and cultural development.

Collette has also worked as a lecturer at QUT, in schools as a drama and history teacher and as a youth arts worker in a range of school and community contexts with children and young people.

Current committee memberships include:

  • International Society of Performing Arts
  • Fellowship and Governance committees

Panel member:

  • Arts Queensland Peer Assessor

Phil Smith: President - Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance

Phil is an energetic, mid-career architect and urban designer with 25 years practice on the Sunshine Coast across a wide range of projects. He has worked alongside gold-medal awarded architects Lindsay and Kerry Clare and Gabriel Poole. In 1994 he established (with architect Liza Neil) the boutique, multi-award-winning design firm Gomango Architects to explore new models of sustainable regional architecture.

Phil’s past roles with Maroochy Shire Council were as Principal Urban Designer and Project Manager of the Maroochydore CBD Master Plan project.

In 2006 Phil joined Deicke Richards, establishing their Sunshine Coast office. He has been Project Leader of a Bokarina Beach Master Plan for Stocklands (2008-2015) and the Yeerongpilly TOD Master Plan for the State Government (2010-2014).

Phil currently leads the design team for Stella Maris Catholic Community project in Maroochydore and the design review team advising the State Government on the Queens Wharf Project. The USC Seniors Infill Housing Research Project he co-authored won a 2012 QLD PIA Award for Cutting Edge Research & Teaching and was awarded the 2013 Australasian Research Award by IAP2.

He is passionate about promoting the value of creative enterprise and artistic expression as drivers of innovation, business, culture and regional identity.

Current board membership:

  • Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance

Panel member:

  • Sunshine Coast Council’s Urban Design Advisory Panel
  • Past-chair of the AIA Sunshine Coast Region

James Birrell: Director/Owner - James Birrell Design Lab

James has extensive experience in music and visual arts events and networks including with art curators, production, international artists, media organisations and illustrators. James has experience in events, landscape architecture, urban design, furniture design, art curation, urban renewal and property development, business ownership and the non-profit sector.

James has established several organisation with the purpose of creating cultural revitalisation on the Sunshine Coast with a particular focus on generating investment and opportunities for young creative and entrepreneurs.

Current board memberships include:

  • President, Maroochydore Revitalisation Association

Jennifer Radbourne: Emeritus Professor

Jennifer brings extensive experience in the performing arts and academia. She has researched and published internationally in the areas of arts audiences, arts marketing, arts fundraising and business development in the arts. Jennifer developed Queensland’s first Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration at QUT in the 1990s and has presented papers at arts management and cultural policy conferences in North America, Europe, the UK, and Asia, and was a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Association of Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC). Her most recent book, published in 2015 by Melbourne University Press was Philanthropy and the Arts, the first such publication in Australia.

Jennifer has provided consultancy to arts organisations in Australia and overseas, local and state governments, in arts governance, arts marketing and strategic marketing. She is a graduate of the AICD and a former member of the Sunshine Coast AICD Committee with previous Board experience with APACA, QPAC, Qld Ballet, Qld Arts Council and Australian Institute of Arts Management.

Current board memberships include:

  • President, Maleny Arts Council
  • Member Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council
  • Chair, Sunshine Coast Grammar School Foundation Pty Ltd

Kathi Holt-Damant: Executive Director - Nero Holt

Adjunct Associate Professor Kathi is an architect, urban designer and academic with over 26 years teaching and research experience. Kathi specialised in urban space and placemaking and has extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector with a great understanding of cultural policy.

Kathi has organised key events for QLD Government’s Heat Architecture program at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and an opening event for the Israeli Pavilion with Tami Dance Company (Israel) and QUT dancers. She has also worked with QLD State Government’s Expo team, Brisbane City Council and QUT. As Bid Leader for the Resilient Regions Cooperative Research Centre, Kathi worked with key members to set up the governance structure for the RR-CRC.

Previous board memberships include:

  • European Union-Australia ICI Education Mobility program Advisory Board for DARC
  • Board of Urban Design Alliance

Panel member includes:

  • Innovative Health Hub advisory committee for RDA (Logan and Redlands)
  • AURIN Expert Technical panel for Lens 4 Urban Housing
  • AURIN Expert Technical panel for Lens 10 Innovative Urban Design – Demonstrator Project in Logan QLD

Tracey Vieira: CEO - Screen Queensland

Tracey is currently working as head of Screen Queensland and has a keen interest in the Arts. She is a member of the AICD and has completed the company director’s course. Tracey is experienced in cultural policy and works closely with entities that include other cultural organisations such as QAGOMA, TEQ and QPAC.

Tracey has also worked closely with the Minster for the Arts (Qld Premier) and has strong relationships in the corporate sector with private investors and within State and Federal Government.

Current board memberships include:

  • Board Director – QMusic
  • Board Director – RSPCA Queensland
  • Board Director - Ausfilm