Our Local Arts Influencers
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Sep 2017

Meet our local arts influencers - 11 incredibly talented local artists with a passion for the arts on the Sunshine Coast.

To develop the Arts Plan, council is engaging with the people who will be at its very heart - our artists.

The local arts influencers are helping to lead the artist driven engagement program and will be hosting events and conversations to inform the arts plan.

Connect with them online to join the conversation or attend an event.

  • Mic Black

    Mic is a creative technologist and master maker with a specialty in interactive experiences that inspire mass community engagement and memorable social connections. His work combines the freedom found in the arts with practical engineering skills to introduce thousands to new concepts with child-like wonder and authenticity. Sunshine Coast based, Mic is both an internationally exhibited artist as well as a regular collaborator with other well-known artists and technologists around the world.
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  • Jandamarra Cadd

    Jandamarra Cadd is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent, an inspirational man with many stories to tell. With his vibrant and expressive portraitures, Jandamarra's artwork is emotive and insightful - and is a powerful medium to bridge the story-telling divide between Aboriginal and mainstream Australia. Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express creativity and storytelling and in many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for unity.
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  • Marina de Jager

    Businesswoman by trade, thespian by choice... Marina is the festival director of Imagineers, a local arts and cultural festival which she has been overseeing since 2015. At Montessori International College, Marina also works with creatives and facilitators on a daily basis as she coordinates the Montessori+ Value-Exchange Program. Moreover, a passionate educator, Marina has the privilege to teach performing arts to the next generation at BYTE (Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence). She is a delegate of Sunshine Coast Live and was honoured to receive the President's Award 2016 for her outstanding and dedicated service to the Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance.
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  • Livia Hanich

    Livia Hanich's career in the Entertainment Industry began in 1985 working on the hugely successful, science and technology series "Beyond 2000", which has screened in over 100 countries around the globe. Livia continued to work with Beyond International Group on various factual series eventually leading her to Los Angeles where she set-up and produced "Beyond Tomorrow".
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  • Mason Hope

    Mason Hope is an 18 year old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based on the Sunshine Coast. He is the winner of the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the year award 2017, the Voice of Urban, the Gympie Muster Talent search 2016 and a featured vocalist for 2016 Creative Generations televised on Channel Ten.
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  • Sarah Kanake

    Sarah Kanake is a lecturer in creative writing at USC and has a PhD in creative writing from QUT.
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  • Zoe Martin

    An interdisciplinary artist, teacher and life model, Zoe aims to convey strong stories of personal experience through painting and installation. She is very focused on writing simultaneously to the art making process, having strengths in research and conceptual art practice.
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  • Amie Moffat

    Amie Moffat is the Creative Projects Manager for MRA (Maroochy Revitalisation Association). After studying Dance at VCA she has carved out a successful 20 year career in Australia and New Zealand as a performer, facilitator, theatre producer and arts educator.
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  • Linsey Pollak

    Linsey is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, North America and Asia since 1996. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA and has coordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States.
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  • Glen Sheppard and Delany Delaney

    Diagnosed with high level autism and Down syndrome, Glen Sheppard was thought to have the mental capacity of a three-year-old child. But at the age of 16, it was discovered through "facilitated communication" that his capabilities, creativity and brilliance went beyond what anyone had thought possible.
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  • Florence Teillet

    French born and trained, Florence has been a facilitator, community artist, project coordinator and director in the performing arts field since 1982. A Sunshine Coast resident since 1995, she has been a key driver of cultural projects involving marginalised communities especially people with disabilities.
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