Minister's Creative Council


About the Minister's Creative Council

The Minister’s Creative Council (MCC) is a positive, solutions focused, Ministerial advisory body for the arts in Canberra. The MCC is a two-way conduit of information and provides strategic advice to the ACT Government on the arts and sector issues. The MCC assists the Government to develop arts policies in order to promote and advance the arts across government and community, reflecting the importance of the arts to all.

The Minister for the Arts and Community Events will use the MCC in its capacity as an advisory body to explore and test ideas. The MCC will provide advice on matters referred to the Council directly by the Minister.

The MCC will be a group of creative people who can use their unique perspective and expertise to contribute to positive discussion and practical advice on the arts in Canberra.

The MCC will be diverse and focused on new ways to work together to generate interesting ideas.

Terms will be staggered to ensure continuity of the work plan during the rotation of its membership on a biennial basis.

The ACT Government understands that a diversity of views leads to innovation in the arts. Therefore, we actively encourage representation from a wide range of community members, including but not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, those from multicultural backgrounds, representatives from LGBTQI communities, and people who identify as a person with a disability or have lived experience of mental illness.

If you want to know more about the Council or want to make contact, email CreativeCouncil@act.gov.au

Terms of Reference

You can download the full versions of the Terms of Reference here:

Current Members

Genevieve Jacobs (Chair)

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She is the former Mornings presenter for ABC Canberra, and is now the Group Editor for Region Media and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Genevieve sits on the boards of the National Folk Festival and Canberra International Music Festival, and is a director of the Conflict Resolution Service and the M16 Artspace, and a patron of ACT Landkeeper’s Trust. She has lectured widely on Australian artists and their gardens and also leads cultural tours focusing on contemporary art and gardens.

Genevieve has an enduring interest in building and strengthening community engagement.

Jack Lloyd (Deputy Chair)

Jack Lloyd is the Executive Director and Co-CEO of Belconnen Arts Centre, where he has worked since 2009, managing a fantastic team of operational, financial and marketing staff to help grow a vital and inclusive range of visual and performing arts activities for the Canberra community.

Jack is a member of Boho Interactive, an experimental theatre company based in Canberra using interactive narratives to explore ideas from Complex Systems Science. For more than a decade, Boho has used a research-based arts practice to challenge audiences with some of the world’s most demanding problems: climate change, antibiotic resistance, social unrest and building sustainable communities.

Jack is also a member of the Childers Group arts advocacy body and since 2015 has worked to research and raise awareness of issues relating to the arts in the ACT and to provide an opportunity for artists and arts workers to learn, network and share. He is passionate about the arts and its extraordinary ability to bring together, give voice and make change.

Ben Fox (Member)

Ben Fox is a public advocate of creativity with a background in design, performance, and festivals. Ben has worked as an Artistic Director for organisations and projects in Australia and Asia, including regional and remote Australia. He develops opportunities for dynamic interaction, culturally safe spaces, emergent leadership, constructive intercultural work and hopeful futures. Ben also loves riding bicycles, driving bobcats and ‘simply messing about in boats’.

Andrew Galan (Member)

Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-produces renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk, Red Dirt and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Nuovi Argomenti, Cordite, the Canberra Times and more. That Place of Infested Roads (Life During Wartime), Knives Forks & Spoons Press, is his first book. His latest collection, For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid), Bareknuckle Books, won a 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Award. Andrew has produced and curated for You Are Here where he continues as a Committee member, he co-founded and co-produced Noted festival, and is a member of the Queensland Poetry Festival Advisory Committee. In 2018 he co-edited the ground-breaking Spoken Word edition of Australian Poetry Journal. In 2017 he won a Canberra Critics Circle Award for his contributions to ACT poetry.

Megan Hinton (Member)

Megan Hinton is the Senior Gallery Coordinator at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. She has worked across arts management, exhibition and program development for ten years, previously holding the positions Acting Artistic Director of Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Director of PhotoAccess.

Megan Hinton is an artist and designer with her practice spanning printmaking, textile design and collaborative design projects. Her work has been exhibited across Australia, and been part of several international exhibitions in China and Washington DC USA. She has worked on design commissions across textiles, product development and mural designs for private and government clients.

Liz Lea (Member)

Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer. Her specialty is working with contemporary and classical Indian dance, community and inclusive dance practice. Her work has been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA. Liz was the 2017 ACT Artist of the Year and won a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. She directed Canberra Dance Theatre between 2010-16, founding the GOLD company of elders. Liz runs two Festivals - DANscienCE where dance and science meet and BOLD, celebrating the legacy of dance in all cultures. BOLD II runs 13-17th March 2019. She is currently touring her one woman show, RED, for which she was awarded a 2018 Canberra Critic Circle Award. Liz directs the Australian Talented Youth Project and works as Program Curator for Ausdance ACT.

Tamzin Nugent (Member)

Tamzin has worked professionally as a Director, Creative producer, facilitator, teacher and storyteller. Tamzin obtained a Graduate Diploma from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Directing in 2000 and has worked on a wide range of creative projects in Australia and beyond.
Working in the screen industry as well as the performing arts she has developed a reputation for creativity, innovative approaches and financial acumen. Tamzin became a partner at SilverSun Pictures in 2017 and brings uncompromising visions that challenge conventional paradigms. She possesses a unique combination of knowledge of the film production process, strong advocacy and influencing skills combined with commercial awareness.

Tamzin in her work strives to push for the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping raise ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative.

Adelaide Rief (Member)

Adelaide is an arts producer, keen conversationalist, curious cook, committed bicycle rider and fiercely proud resident of Canberra. She has particular interests in facilitating artist's development, inclusion and diversity, public art, and cultural democracy. From 2014-2017 she was a Managing Producer for the You Are Here Festival and has worked on a range of projects with arts, activist and community organisations including Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Amnesty International Australia, 2XXFM, Scissors Paper Pen, 3CR Community Radio and Right Now. Adelaide is currently the Program Manager at Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres.

Michael Sollis (Member)

Michael creates captivating artistic journeys for everyday people with curious minds, using music to inspire audiences to discover and question the world around them. As a composer, artistic director, and mandolinist, Michael has had a unique impact on the Australian music scene.  This has included his position as founder, composer, and artistic director for the nationally acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble, and Artistic Director, Education for Musica Viva Australia – working with Australia’s finest musicians to develop programs to give over 280,000 Australian school students the best opportunity to discover music.

Michael is keenly sought after as a freelance composer, with works performed by groups such as the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Voices, and internationally by exhAust, the the peärls before swïne experience, and Red Note Ensemble.  Michael regularly collaborates with experts from other fields to create new artistic works – working with visual artists, dancers, astronomers, geneticists, and even Rugby League clubs.

Michael is recognised as one of Australia’s leading teaching artists, and has delivered programs in early childhood, tertiary composition, and adult community groups.  Michael has conducted workshops in schools, retirement homes, offices and even prisons in countries as diverse as Australia, Papua New Guinea, Egypt and the United Kingdom.  Michael has sat on numerous advisory boards, and was the founding chair of IMC Youth – the youth component of the International Music Council.

Michael’s passion for music is only matched by his passion for Rugby League, being a first grade stalwart for the Gungahlin Bulls in the Canberra Raiders Cup, and he continues to work to promote exchange between sporting and arts communities.  Michael is also a noted researcher within the interdisciplinary fields of anthropology-composition-linguistics.  His work on sung stories in the Papua New Guinea highlands has been published by ANU E-Press and the Australian Journal of Linguistics, and received the University Medal from the Australian National University for this work.

Recent projects include One Sky, Many Stories, with iconic indigenous songwriter Warren H. Williams, and The Milk Carton Confessions - exploring our motives for recycling - with percussionist Thea Rossen.

Sia Ahmad (Member)

Sia Ahmad is many things to the Australian artistic landscape - songwriter, artist, improviser, curator and facilitator. For over a decade, she has brought an outsider's eye and DIY punk aesthetic to the way she brings communities together, be it through creative collaboration, producing eclectic performance programs or her work running the highly respected hellosQuare label.

Under her birth name Shoeb, she has been commissioned by Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Sydney’s Parramasala festival and the You Are Here festival in Canberra to create mixed-media works for their curated programs whilst as a musician, she has performed throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the South East Asian region at venues such as City Recital Hall (Sydney), The Judith Wright Centre (Brisbane), The Street Theatre (Canberra), Cafe OTO (London), Rough Trade East (London) and Pit Inn (Tokyo) with Australian festival appearances for WOMADelaide, Open Frame, Liquid Architecture and TheNOWnow.

Sia’s artistic practice has co-existed alongside her various administrative roles at key ACT arts organisations including the Street Theatre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre while collaborating with Goethe-Institut Sydney on touring projects. In addition to her role as a member of the inaugural Ministers’ Creative Council, she also recently became a member on the board for the Australian Art Orchestra.

Jilda Andrews (Member)

Jilda Andrews is a Producer in the Gallery Development team at the National Museum of Australia currently working on the development of the Museum’s new environmental history gallery. A proud advocate of her Yuwaalaraay country in north-western NSW, her current work focuses on improving access to museums for non-traditional audiences and looking for alternative ways to connect the collected objects with their country and people. She has explored Indigenous engagement with museums in her recently completed PhD research at ANU in a thesis entitled Encounters with Indigenous Material in Museum Collections – an Indigenous Perspective. Jilda sings and performs with Freshwater and Biliirr which has given her the opportunity to bring together her research, her connections to country, her Yuwaalaraay language and family through song. Through this cultural expression, she has toured across the world with her sisters, sharing aspects of their freshwater country with audiences across East Africa, Lebanon, Kuwait, Cyprus, Egypt, the US, American Samoa, Jordan and the UAE.

Consultation

artsACT, with the assistance of an external facilitator, undertook consultation on the potential for forming a new Ministerial Advisory body for the arts during 2017-18. The consultation process considered issues such as: the purpose of an advisory body; what it would advise on; how the government would ensure that advice is received in relation to the full spectrum of art forms, practice and experience in the ACT; and how an advisory body would best serve the arts community and the government.

The online survey closed on Friday 28 July 2017. We received 79 submissions.

Attendees of the roundtables were selected by the Minister for the Arts and Community Events to ensure the full diversity of the arts community. Four roundtables were held throughout July 2017 with a total of 57 attendees.

You can download the full PDF version of the consultation report here: