Julie Ankers

President Radio Blue Mts, Director ARTHouse

Radio producer, writer

Julie is the President of Radio Blue Mountains and producer of ARThouse, a program that features the activities of leading creatives in the Blue Mountains. Julie is also on the Board of BMCC’s City of the Arts Trust while on leave from her position on the Board of the Blue Mountains Arts Network. Julie is also a writer, with a keen interest in the over-50s. She has published two books. Feisty, Fabulous and Fifty features women telling their own stories. Her second book, Call Me Frank, features men telling their own stories about their lives. Julie is also well known for her love of beautifully designed hand-crafted jewellery, particularly by local jewellers, and which she wears with great flair.

Victor Peralta

Director Gallery One88


Victor is a painter, co-director of the innovative community-focused GalleryOne88 Fine Arts, host of Conversations at Pigeon Lane and a working civil engineer. He has participated in a number art exhibitions including the AnyBody Art Prtoject, the Alla Prima, Real Refusals and solo exhibitions,such as Exploration of the Feminine. Victor has submitted works to the Amnesty International Freedom Art, Archibald and Blake Prize exhibitions, and won art prizes such as Amnesty International Demand Dignity and Real Refusals.

Kelly Heylen

Curator & Founder, Platform Gallery


Kelly is the curator and founder of Platform Gallery, a retail and exhibition space dedicated to craft and design in the Blue Mountains, NSW. For several years before opening Platform, Kelly was Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, working with the local economic development agency to grow and facilitate collaboration in the region’s creative industries. She is currently Vice President of Radio Blue Mountains, the region’s community radio station.She has undergraduate studies in Professional Writing, and is currently completing a Master of Commerce.

Ann Niddrie

Creative Clusters Manager, BMEE & MTNS MADE

Radio producer, writerPhotographer

Ann is the Creative Industries Cluster Manager for Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise and supports the development of its MTNS MADE brand and community engagement with workshops and Salon eventst. Ann is also an accomplished photographer and was Curator and Producer of the innovative outdoor portrait exhibition, ‘Head in the Clouds’, part of the Australian Head On Festival in the Katoomba CBD,, and was Photo Editor of the popular online publication – the Cloudscape.

Veechi Stuart

Executive Director, Varuna the Writers’ House


Before her current role as Executive Director of Varuna, Australia’s national writers’ house, Veechi worked as a journalist, writer, editor, publisher, business consultant and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the author of over a dozen business books and the much-loved Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks.

Rae Bolitin

 Founder & Artistic Direct, BigCi


Rae is a practicing artist with a long track record of solo and group exhibitions both in Australia and Internationally. She is also the founder and artistic director of BigCi (Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives) artist in residence program that to date hosted and facilitated projects of close to 200 Australian and International artists. Bolotin initiated, developed, curated, produced and staged dozens of creative projects.

Jo Clancy


Jo is a First Nations Wiradjuri Dance artist who was raised and lived on Darug and Gundungurra country in the Blue Mountains. Jo is the Founder and Director of Wagana Dancers and teaches and performs locally, nationally and internationally

Link: facebook.com/waganadancers/

Meg Benson

Music Promoter, Event Organiser, Creative Arts Entrepreneur, Installation Artist

Meg Benson curates diverse professional music and arts programs and has two industry streams woven across her life to date including her social welfare background. She founded two arts-based social enterprises; Music Hunter, a public and private live music event production initiative involving curation, promotion and event theming, with installations for the stage and other settings. Founded in 2010, Music Hunter was a response to a need for increased opportunities for musicians and audiences in the Mountains.

Meg tackled the art of audience development, and the passion was reciprocated by the growing Music Hunting community who have shown up since then and whom also contributed to a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015. As a collaborator, she’s had exciting lead roles in Katoomba Live and Local, Katoomba Solstice and even the BMCAN launch. In 1997 Meg founded Blue Mountains Children’s Theatre and for 5 years, provided an non-serious opportunity for children’s imagination to blossom while attending to more serious developmental needs in the arenas of peer group relations, self esteem, and simultaneously enabled children to co-create scripts, costumes, set design and performances.

Link: musichunter.com.auAs a qualified Psychotherapist, Dream Analyst and Family Therapist, Meg has skills in the therapeutic applications of the arts. as applied for NSW Health. with the use of art and role-play. She’s supported disadvantaged youth and families in the community sector for 15 years, mostly in Lithgow, and is now the fourth Professional Therapeutic Carer in Australia based on her two pronged expertise of the creative and the therapeutic, in the context of a new radical social welfare model for youth living in Out of Home Care called PIC, Professional Individualised Care.

Muso’s have labelled Meg as a Music Industry activist, she turns up on their behalf to local and statewide government music industry round tables. Meg also offers a confidential mentoring service for creatives who are seeking to develop both personally and professionally in their arts field. Meg also hosts a monthly segment on ARTHouse 89.1FM. Her view is that participation in art of all types, whether as an appreciator, creator or producer, is a more preferable antidote to social isolation, groundhog day and despair than a prescription of prozac. Although you will witness Meg promoting her initiatives, she puts her money where her mouth is. She believes in spending dosh on art experiences, collecting fine art, and is frequently spotted celebrating others’ creative pursuits, regardless of her unfortunate financial disadvantage as a self-funded creative in today’s Australia. 20 years ago when Megwas a young single mother, she decided to measure the abundance in her life by how much culture she and her family could experience and hasn’t regretted it.

Natasha Sebire

Adventure Filmmaker & photographer

Natasha is an experienced and passionate camera operator, with expertise in adventure filmmaking. She has a Diploma in Screen and Media, and an Advanced Diploma in Cinematography from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. With her brother, Adam Sebire, Natasha is co-founder and co-director of the unique Vertical Film Festival. This film festival, which showcases film and video shot in 9:16 format, was the world’s first competition for vertical film.

Chris Cannell

Music, podcasting

Chris started out managing Hotel Blue on behalf of his family, which was sold in May 2017. After 7 years he had become too fond of the Blue Mountains and his interest and development of the most active live music venue in the Blue Mountains, doing between 5 and 9 events every week, taking part in every regional festival he could get my hands on, has led to Chris managing one of the most successful and well known event companies in the region as well as being on several tourism and business boards. Link:

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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Gallery One88 Fine Arts
Fusion Boutique
Blue Mountains Accommodation and Tourism Association
Blue Mountains City Council