BMCAN is a network supporting a vibrant sustainable creative arts community through leadership, member services and collaborative partnerships.
The Management Committee is composed of volunteers who are accountable for its activities and governance. All contribute to the running of BMCAN through the teams they lead, or the administration they perform. Although the formal Management Committee term is three years, the practice of BMCAN is that all Management Committee members have one-year terms and stand for re-election at each annual general meeting.
The individual teams or committees that run various functions of BMCAN are appointed depending on their interest and ability to contribute to each activity. Examples of these teams are: Exhibitions, Wild Mountains Collective, Arts Trails, Open Studios, Auspice, Talking Art, Strategy and Marketing, Governance. All report to the Management Committee through their leader.
Graham Tribe has been President of BMCAN since 2010. He is a director of Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber, a recently retired director of Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, and an active member of the Mt Wilson & Mt Irvine Rural Fire Brigade. Graham has 34 years corporate, 9 years small business, and 45 years non-profit board experience. Graham is a BMAC Director.
Acting Secretary and Treasurer
Peter Shoemark comes from a finance and Public Service background where he gained extensive practical experience in the areas of: project, asset and cost management. Since retiring he has developed a successful career as a found art sculptor. Peter is a BMAC Director.
Wild Mountain Collective
Barbara Lepani is a social and cultural innovation animateur, who as a sociologist has worked in the government, not-for-profit, university and private sectors in Australia, PNG, New Zealand and China. She has a background in social, urban, technology and innovation policy, with an MA in Science & Technology Studies. Barbara has extensive experience as a member of University, State and Federal Government committees. She is a Research Fellow with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and a long term student of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy, completing a traditional three-year retreat between 2006 and 2009. She is the co-ordinator of the Wild Mountain Collective multi-arts project.
Julie van Dalsen
Julie van Dalsen is an active arts supporter and painter. She studied Visual Art and Photography, qualifying as a Graphic Designer. She has worked in the world of Advertising in South Africa. Julie helps fund raising through making grant applications for the benefit of BMCAN members.
Deborah Sheehan has been a member of the BMAN/BMCAN Management Committee since 2013 and has managed the Exhibitions since 2014. She started her working life as a freelance Commercial Artist who dabbled in music before having a family and needing to find more stable work. She has a Masters Degree in Political Science, a Masters Degree in Law, and a Diploma in Business Management. She continues to do a little Commercial Art and has curated numerous Exhibitions and Events. She is an artist specialising in watercolour and ink works on paper and she plays various musical instruments (these days for her own enjoyment). Deb is a BMAC Director.
Governance Team Leader
Brooke Broughton is a director and company secretary of Katoomba & Upper Blue Mountains Bendigo Community Bank, president of the Leura Gardens Festival Committee and a member of the Blue Mountains City Council’s Audit and Risk Committee. Brooke is a retired professional association executive. Brooke looks after BMCAN’s governance. Brooke is a BMAC Director.
Wendy Tsai is a visual artist with an extensive exhibiting history over 26 years. She holds a Masters of Research in Painting from the ANU School of Art and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. She specialises in watercolour, drawing and works on paper, with a particular interest in representing the natural environment, particularly the Blue Mountains. She is recently retired from art therapy practice including sessional clinical supervision at Western Sydney University’s Masters of Art Therapy program. Her work has been selected for the Kedumba Drawing Award, Parliament Plein Air Exhibition, BM Cultural Centre Gallery Public Portrait exhibition as well as regional and interstate collections. Wendy is the coordinator of the Talking Art project.
The Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (BMCAN) Management Committee is the central committee which runs BMCAN and is accountable for its activities and governance. It is made up of volunteers who attend monthly committee meetings, and each is responsible for an activity or administration of BMCAN. In addition to the Management Committee, BMCAN is managed by teams or sub-committees and other volunteers.
Through its legal entity, BMCAN is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and is registered on the Register of Cultural Organisation (ROCO) which provides our tax-deductible gift recipient status.
The Management Committee must have a minimum of three members and there is no maximum. The Management Committee comprises some volunteers who are directors of Blue Mountains Artists Company (BMAC) and some who prefer not to be directors. The maximum number of BMAC directors is 10, and there is no maximum for non-directors. All members of the Management Committee are responsible and accountable for the particular area they govern.
Election to the Management Committee
The standard term of a Management Committee appointment is three years; however, our practice is for all committee members to stand for re-election each year. Nominations to fill vacancies on the Management Committee come through the Chairman and are considered by the Management Committee. All casual vacancies filled between AGMs are to be put before the membership for confirmation at the next AGM.
1BMCAN is an independent, incorporated organisation funded mainly by membership fees and run by volunteers. It is managed by a Management Committee, sub-committees and other volunteers.
Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (BMCAN) is the trading name of Blue Mountains Artists Company. BMCAN is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (ABN: 72 120 813 112). The company is registered on the Register of Cultural Organisation (ROCO), page 5 of 45. For reference the Australian Business Register has the full details of Blue Mountains Artists Company which includes our deductible gift recipient status.