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.
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.
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.