The Panel: Making CBRarts Happen

As part of the CBRarts Forum: Making CBRarts Happen (17 March 2016) a panel of local and national experts discussed the future of arts funding. The Panel was facilitated by cultural strategist Cathy Hunt and included:

  • Marie-Louise Carroll, ACT-NSW State Director, Creative Partnerships Australia;
  • Frank Panucci, Executive Director of Grants, Australia Council; and
  • Adam Stankevicius, Arts and Events, ACT Government.
Facilitator – Cathy Hunt

Cathy is a cultural strategist based in Brisbane and working across Australia and Asia Pacific. As one of the founding Directors of cultural consulting firm Positive Solutions, she specialises in policy formation, strategic planning and the funding and financing of the arts. Cathy has worked throughout Australia and in Hong Kong on the development of cultural policy, including cultural plans for local governments, strategy reviews and planning for State and Federal governments, cultural facility developments, and organisational and business planning for arts organisations. Cathy is the founder of the QuickstART microloan fund for artists and a partner in the Arts Business Innovation Fund, assisting arts organisations to access new forms of finance for change.

As Director of non-profit company Of One Mind, Cathy is working with the Southbank Centre London to develop Women of the World (WOW) Festivals in Australia and Asia Pacific. Cathy was involved in the development of WOW at the Sydney Writers Festival and in Katherine, was one of the Executive Producers of WOW Brisbane in June 2015, and is involved in the early stages of planning WOW Commonwealth for 2018. Cathy is a graduate of the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool in the United Kingdom.


Marie-Louise Carroll, Creative Partnerships Australia

Prior to her current role,  Marie-Louise worked as State Director (NSW) for the Australia Business Arts Foundation, a role which saw her advising a wide range of artists and arts organisations on strategies for securing private sector support as well as working with business and philanthropists to facilitate connections with the arts.
Marie-Louise was also National Relationship Manager for the Surf Life Saving Foundation where she managed a wide range of partner and philanthropic relationships and worked with the Year of the Surf Lifesaver Advisory Board to raise substantial funds for the Major Gift Appeal from both individuals and foundations, providing an ongoing financial legacy for the organisation.

Marie-Louise served a three year term as Senior Classifier on the Classification Board and is a former lawyer who has worked for the BBC, Film Victoria and Two Way TV.

Frank Panucci, Australia Council

Frank Panucci is Executive Director of Grants at Australia Council for the Arts. He has worked in community and cultural development for over 20 years and has held a range of senior positions in the government, community and general arts sector. He was the former Director of Community Partnerships at Australia Council for the Arts, was involved in establishing and running Sydney’s first Italo‐Australian community cultural development performance company, been a principal policy officer at the then NSW Ethnic Affairs Commission, General Manager of Carnivale (a cultural diversity arts festival) as well as managing the Race Discrimination Unit at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.

Adam Stankevicius, Arts and Events, ACT Government

Adam was previously the General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, overseeing the delivery of a wide ranging cultural, community, sports, events and environmental program in 2013. Over the past 20 years he has held senior executive positions across a wide range of social, cultural, governance and economic policy and program areas in the ACT and Australian Governments. Adam’s career began in the non-government sector and has also included positions as a senior policy adviser and media adviser to parliamentarians across the political spectrum locally and federally.

Adam has also been involved with a range of national and ACT community organisations in the housing, student, health, youth, environmental, consumer and arts sectors, including the Board of Ausdance ACT in 2006 and the ACT Council of Cultural and Community Organisations in the 1990s. More recently he has been on the Board of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, Government School Education Council and the Canberra Pride Committee.

As a devoted Canberra enthusiast, Adam is focussed on working with Canberra's cultural sector to create great art and events, engage with arts and events audiences, and strengthen their contribution to the Canberra aesthetic, economy and community.

The Panelist for the CBRarts Forum: Making CBRarts Happen facilitated by Cathy Hunt. Marie-Louise Carroll, Creative Partnership Australia; Frank Panucci, Australia Council; and Adam Stankevicius, Arts and Events, ACT Government.