Jill Morgan AM, Chief Executive Officer
Andy Miller, General Manager
Hung Nguyen, Finance Office & ICT Officer
Deshani Berhardt, Administration & Design
Sneha Varma, Marketing & Communications Officer
Anita Larkin, Creative Producer
Joel Ma, Music Program Officer
Freyja Macfarlane, Events Coordinator
Lella Cariddi, Special Projects
Billy Zeik Kelleher, Project Officer, Artist Services
Miriam Abud, Project Officer
Dorcas Utkovic, Project Officer
Forest Keegel, Emerge Cultural Hubs Coordinator, Bendigo
Con Pagonis, Volunteer
Meg Larkin, Creative Producer (Maternity Leave)
Jess Fairfax, Project Officer (Maternity Leave)
Trinidad Estay, Project Officer (Maternity Leave)
Volunteers & Internships
Adrian Pearce, IT Support
Bianca Winataputri, Project Assistant, 2015-16 What Happened at the Pier #2, Mapping Melbourne 2016
Christian Andrew, IT Support
Lella Cariddi, Curator, 2015-16 What Happened at the Pier #2
Madeleine Thorburn, Project Assistant, 2015-16 What Happened at the Pier #2
Taylor Cribbes, Marketing Intern
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Common Ground Coordinator
Jill Morgan AM
Jill Morgan has worked in multicultural and indigenous arts in Australia over the past 20 years instigating multicultural arts policy development and strategic projects. She has led innovative community and cultural development projects and vital partnerships with leading arts institutions both locally and internationally. Prior to joining Multicultural Arts Victoria as CEO, Jill was Executive Director of Kulcha, Multicultural Arts of Western Australia, and oversaw the incubation and development of Kultour, the national advocacy body for multicultural arts in Australia. Jill was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the promotion of multicultural and indigenous art, and the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards’ Facilitators Prize in 2014 as one of Australia’s most outstanding leaders for diversity in the arts.
Initially trained as a painter at the Canberra School of Art, Andy Miller worked in theatre for a number of years before working to establish arts programs in the community sector. Following a few years as an arts and cultural officer at two local governments, Andy began a career in the state public service in various senior roles at Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria and was seconded for a period with Creative Partnerships Australia, as Senior Programs Manager. As well as a Bachelor in Fine Arts, he has a Masters in Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Melbourne.
Anita Larkin has over 20 years experience as a musician and founded many of MAV’s community cultural development and mentoring programs in 2004, providing vital connections and career pathways – stimulating tangible cultural and economic development alongside new eclectic musical genres for Australia’s musical landscape. Anita was awarded the George Fairfax Arts and Entertainment Management Scholarship in 2007 for her successful track record in cross cultural community arts.
Creative Producer (Maternity Leave)
Meg Larkin manages Multicultural Arts Victoria’s suite of major events and festivals as part of the organisation’s Artist & Creative Event Brokerage service, this has included the annual live productions for Australia Day (VIC) celebrations, New Year’s Eve at Fed Sq, Viva Victoria Multicultural festival and the Premiers’ Gala Dinner. Since joining Multicultural Arts Victoria in 2005, she has provided thousands of performance opportunities for diverse artists and advocacy for diversity in the arts across sectors and levels. In 2013, Meg became Creative Producer for the inaugural Mapping Melbourne festival – a contemporary arts initiative exploring the impact of Asia on Melbourne’s ever-evolving cultural and artistic identity – that has become a major annual program in the City of Melbourne.
Finance, Office & ICT Officer
Hung Nguyen is a CPA with over 15 years experience working in accounts and finance. He joined Multicultural Arts Victoria in late 2006, shortly after migrating to Australia. Previously, Hung was Finance and Supply Chain Manager at Dumex Vietnam, a subsidiary of Danone Global. He also holds many years of experience working in large multinationals overseas. Managing MAV’s finance and IT operations, Hung supports the Board and leadership teams with timely provision of financial reports, analysis, effective management and contribution to the successful business operation and financial achievements of MAV. Hung completed a Masters of Accounting from Swinburne University and the CPA Australia program.
Administration & Design
Originally from Sri Lanka, Deshani performed for over 15 years as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer alongside working as a dance teacher and facilitating art workshops stemming from her passion for working in the community sector. She moved to Australia to complete her Bachelor in Design and has since worked on multiple major projects in photography and graphic design including Multicultural Arts Victoria’s inaugural Mapping Melbourne festival and corporate materials. At MAV, Deshani has also coordinated the Music Deli Concert Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre in addition to providing core administrative support for the organisation.
Marketing, Development & Communications Officer
Originally from India, Sneha has previously worked in event management, celebrity management, and social media management.She has also performed and worked for over 5 years as a professional contemporary dancer in an all-girls dance ensemble. She has completed her Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication with a specialization in film production.
Sneha moved to Australia to complete her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management and has simultaneously volunteered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Indian Film Festival, and Multicultural Arts Victoria as well.
With a strong passion for multicultural arts activities, Sneha has proven skill and ability to develop and implement effective communication strategies to connect and engage with community members from diverse backgrounds.
And now, she continues to be inspired and is looking forward to work with great people in her new home.
Freyja Macfarlane has worked in the arts, music and event sectors for over 15 years in a variety of roles ranging from event producer and artist liaison to site and logistics manager. Freyja joined the MAV stage management team in 2014 and in 2016 was invited to come on board as a festival and event coordinator working across multiple projects including Piers Festival, Emerge in the West and Mapping Melbourne. She has a BA in Music Business (RMIT) and studied acting, theatre and film at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Billy Zeik Kelleher
Project Officer, Artist Services
Billy joined MAV as a volunteer in 2015, undertaking the technical stage and production management of a number of projects including Emerge in The West, Music for The People and Emerge in Yarra. Billy completed a Bachelor of International Development in 2013, part of which was undertaken in France and Sweden where he developed a passion for intercultural communication. Billy has been a part of the team at Paradise Music Festival since its inception in 2013 and has been heavily involved in theatre directing, designing and acting in a number of shows featuring in FAST and the Northcote Town Hall. Seeing the arts as the perfect conduit for cross cultural communication he is thrilled to be part of the MAV team where he can augment his practical skills in the arts with his theoretical background in international studies.
Lella Cariddi is a writer, researcher, curator, installation artist, and Community Cultural Development Practitioner, working for the advancement of Cross-cultural Literatures & the Arts. At Multicultural Arts Victoria, Lella drives the pioneering project titled, “What Happened at the Pier”, with the express aim to give voice to the many unrecorded histories of migrants who came to Australia by ship and disembarked at Port Melbourne prior to 1972. The project encompasses extensive research and community consultations and Lella continues to facilitate significant intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.
Miriam has worked with multicultural artists since 2001, on events and programs at MAV and elsewhere. She co-presented Africa #1 African music program on PBS radio station for several years, and has played in a range of bands from jazz to folk, rock and soukous. After working in education in both primary and secondary schools, she is enthusiastic about returning to the arts and cultural development realm.
Among many things, Dorcas is a Change-maker, digital storyteller, Producer & Host of OZ AFRICAN TV, a lifestyle TV show about people of African Diaspora in Australia.
She was born in South Africa, migrated to Australia 10 years ago where she now live with my two gorgeous children and supportive husband. Her interest in Film/TV has seen her fulfil an array of roles including but not limited to Production Assistant, Production Researcher, Art Department personnel, Head of Department (Costume Dept.) and Actor.
She believes that Media is a powerful tool and when used responsibly it can change people’s perceptions of others.
Beyond OZ AFRICAN TV, she is also very active within the community. Some of her recent work includes Coordinator for the vibrant event ‘One Beat – One Love’ which is part of VMC’s Cultural Diversity Week and Coordinator for Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations
She also believes that education is key to so many doors and every one should be given an opportunity to experience the power of education. She studied Fine Art in South Africa and recently completed Master of Arts in Writing through Swinburne University.
Music Program Officer
Joel Ma AKA Joelistics is best known as an Australian MC, producer and multi-instrumentalist and is a solo artist on the Elefant Traks music label. He recently performed at the Sydney Festival this year, in a double-stranded autobiographical show ‘In Between Two’ with James Mangohig, who toured with Joel in his former outfit TZU.
Joel brings significant experience in national and international music production and management, as well as extensive history as a youth social worker, delivering programs from Melbourne’s western suburbs to the Northern Territory.
Con’s career focus has primarily been migrant and refugee settlement planning, access & equity, and social cohesion. In the 1980s he managed an old-style migrant hostel in Western Sydney. Through the 1990s he worked in Canberra and Hobart. First as a Senior Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet’s Office of Multicultural Affairs; secondly as a national community programs and humanitarian settlement director for the Immigration Department; and then as the department’s Tasmanian State Director. 2001-‘07 he primarily managed the Immigration Department’s settlement and multicultural affairs branches in NSW and then in Victoria. From 2007-‘15 Con worked as a multicultural policy adviser; first with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, and then with the Municipal Association of Victoria. Now retired, Con also volunteers with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and Community Radio PBS 106.7FM.
Chilean born visual artist, Trinidad Estay has worked in different Art Organizations in Chile and Australia. She Migrated from Chile in August 2011. She has three years of experience working in arts education, two at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Santiago, MAC, (2007-2009) as assistant of the education Department and one year at Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre , GAM, as Teachers Program Coordinator. She also has experience working in Arts Management: she did an internship in the Programming department at MAC and she worked projects with Audience Development area at GAM. In 2008 she won a grant from Chilean government to do an internship at the Tate Museum in Liverpool, England on Arts and Education. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago. Trinidad curated the Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize 2013 in partnership with AMES at MAV and has curated exhibitions and events in partnership with our many culturally diverse artists and communities.
Jess Fairfax successfully completed a Bachelor of International Development with Honours in 2010. Part of the degree was undertaken in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied the politics of the region and immersed herself in the culture and music of South America. She began as a Project Officer at Multicultural Arts Victoria in February 2011. As project officer Jess has event managed, organised and publicised significant events including the annual Emerge Festival that attracts over 5000 punters for an all day music and arts festival. She also co-ordinates the Visible Mentoring program that links up newly arrived artists with refugee backgrounds, with established musicians and producers in Melbourne to build their industry knowledge and obtain necessary support and promotional materials. Jess presents on Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM which aims to channel the voices of our original, new and worldwide communities preserving and representing the culture-keeping force of music and the power of words and oral story-telling. Jess is passionate about showcasing and nurturing Melbourne’s diversity and supporting its development and exposure.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a spoken word artist, educator, actor, MC & human rights reformer. This fiery first generation Australian Sikh storyteller is currently based in Melbourne, yet her message of anti-discrimination has lead her to adventure across the globe.She is passionate about diversity in the arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with performing. Within a short period, Sukhjit has gone from being a participant in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition in 2014 to gracing the stage of Australia’s Got Talent, and most recently a speaker at the TedxUWA. She has performed with notable/renowned artists such as Missy Higgins and has toured nationally with L-FRESH the Lion. Her performances and workshops have lead her to travel to the USA, Canada, UK and South East Asia, as well as across our very own nation. Sukhjit completed her Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations at UWA before moving to Melbourne in 2015. Craving artistically unique and culturally diverse experiences, she found Multicultural Arts Victoria. Sukhjit came on board as a facilitator for Common Ground, a multi-faith spoken word workshop series, in 2015 and went on to MC the Visible Music Sessions and Fairfield Summer Series. In 2016 came back as a facilitator and now in 2017 is the project coordinator for Common Ground. Expanding the workshop series to five different locations in outer Melbourne, Sukhjit wishes to provide access to the art of spoken word and expression, to eventually create a more empathic Australian society.
Emerge Cultural Hubs Coordinator
Forest Keegel has twenty years experience as a visua artist in Community Cultural Development. She is passionate about creating participatory artworks and engaging people to generate work that expresses their voice and identity and believes in using the arts as a thread that ties people together and weaves joyous communities. She worked collaboratively with diverse young people at the Artful Dodgers Studios, Jesuit Social Services for 11 years and was a member of the Art Central team of artists in the Central Goldfields Shire. She lives and works on Dja Dja Wurrung Country and listens deeply to the stories of the Traditional Owners who continue to share their rich cultural heritage with a generosity which astounds her. As a settler she can trace back roots to Sri Lanka and the UK.