Our Team

Our Team


Melissa Robertson

Program Manager (November 2016 – current)

Community Cultural Development practitioner for 25 years and was the Cultural Development Officer at Arts Nexus from 2003-2009 and then on the Board of Management from 2013-2016. Melissa has experience in Communications – internal, public, media, internet, Project design – concept to completion, Human resource and Finance management from budget construction, monitoring and reporting. Having been a member on many boards as a Treasurer and general, Melissa has experience in governance, organisational structure and boards of management. Currently Event Manager for Cairns Tropical Writers Festival (August 2016) and as a Trainer in project development through mentoring, webinars, mentoring and facilitation.  Public programs – marketing and audience development, Festivals and performing arts and Event management.  Contact Melissa directly if you have ideas of how Arts Nexus can partner with a project, a business, a sector or the government to ensure arts, culture and creative industries are always considered as important to the liveability of our region.

E: admin@artsnexus.com.au


Claire Tierney

Program Coordinator – North (July 2017 – current)

Claire Tierney has 15 years of Event Management experience, creating and running successful events in the Region. Her earlier years in the Hospitality industry in Melbourne honed her abilities as a persuasive team player. She is able to motivate and communicate, enabling team efforts to produce genuine goals and achieve deadlines. She is friendly and professional with excellent customer service skills.

Production is all about deadlines and organisational skills.  As an entrepreneur she has initiated and sold multiple businesses. As a producer she has written, received and acquitted multiple grants. Claire has a passion for theatre and live events.  Initially from Melbourne she has lived in the Far North for 12 years.

E: north@artsnexus.com.au



Jedess Hudson

Program Coordinator – Cairns (January 2018 – current)

Jedess is a descendant from the Ewamian and Western Yalanji people of North Queensland. As an emerging artist she creates and explores traditional stories with a contemporary perspective. Her Aboriginality is a continuous source of inspiration as she draws deeply on this throughout her creative journey. Her heritage has taught her to analyse and appreciate the surroundings she finds herself in, especially on country. Nature, wildlife and bush tucker are all aspects that are incorporated into her artwork.

After completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Interactive & Visual Design. Two minors in Fashion and Entertainment/Event Festival Management, Jedess worked as an Event Manager, establishing her Indigenous based business working with organizations Indigenous and non Indigenous to work on their: logo/brand development, new or existing website creation, promotional/marketing material digital and print.



Bernadette Curnuck

Graphic Designer (2001 – current)

Bernadette Curnuck is bcdesign, a home-based graphic design studio in Cairns.  Has been self-employed for approximately 10 years, and has been a graphic designer and graphic reproducer within the print industry for 26 years.  bcdesign’s core business is graphic design – designing marketing, advertising and communications tools and materials across print, broadcast and digital platforms, using both traditional and new media as well as creating branding and visual identities including output of branded tools across print, broadcast and digital platforms.

Advertising: developing advertisements for print, broadcast and digital platforms, including designs, artwork, storyboards and scripts, advice and consultancy – achieving the print and digital outcomes you require. She’s the girl behind the scenes bringing concepts to life!

Sharing knowledge: Bernadette is TAE qualified, now offering Photoshop workshops at the Arts Nexus hub, The X, but always available to offer guidance to those wishing to publish their own work.



Dale Priem

Podcast Producer (contractor)

Dale has worked as a freelance sound technician for over 20 years and is passionate about creating high quality sound experiences for his clients. Dale’s experience includes work as a professional radio studio sound technician with Radio Port Douglas from 2000 to 2017 encompassing all aspects of radio production including the creation, editing and uploading of advertisements and podcasts, set up and operation of outside broadcasts, the maintenance of social media and website assets and daily on air presenter.

Dale has worked as a freelance sound technician for live corporate events, weddings, public festivals and his own musical interests. Dale’s combination of both professional studio and live technician work has made him an exceptionally versatile technician in North Queensland.



Avril Duck

Program Coordinator – Central (August – December 2017)

Avril Duck is a community theatre director an arts and cultural development worker. She has been at the heart and foundation of two iconic Cairns community cultural events, both occurring annually: Shakespeare at the Tanks theatre productions and Shadows of the Past dramatised evening cemetery tours. For over 15 years Avril has led a wide range of theatre-based community projects and workshops in Far North Queensland. She builds partnerships with the community in collaborative creative work and has forged a practice of Theatre Making for Social Change.

Avril grew up in regional FNQ in the small town of Herberton and after completing her Bachelor of Education at Melbourne University, studying Drama and Chinese, Avril returned to FNQ. She then gained a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, which she has taught for over 20 years to support and compliment her theatre-making.

Avril’s approach is always naturally inclusive because diversity is her aesthetic. She is known as a leader, a teacher, a creative and a doer in the community. Her work with people from diverse backgrounds was acknowledged in 2015 when she was awarded the Cairns Regional Council Australia Day Cultural Award.