Room to create panel

The Room To Create Panel is a sub-committee of YAARTS which provides specialist advice as required on matters related to creative infrastructure in the City of Yarra.

Yarra City Council is concerned about infrastructure related issues facing the creative sector; those relate to affordability, security of tenure, fit for purpose and capacity to operate effectively in a city area of increasing density and accompanying challenges of amenity.

Council has established a perpetual fund to support creative infrastructure in the City of Yarra. The Room to Create Fund (‘the Fund’) was established with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in 2014.

The Fund is one way for Council to support a valued sector by specifically assisting to create more affordable spaces. It is hoped this will enable arts and cultural organisations to be more economically viable and give incentives for them to be able to stay within Yarra. It will also strengthen artistic practice in the municipality, assisting in retaining an economic driver within Yarra.

To find out more about the panel view the Terms of Reference.

Room to Create Panel Membership

Yarra Councillors Gabrielle de Vietri and Claudia Nguyen. are members of the committee.

Narelle Desmond

Narelle is a practising artist, a designer, an arts manager and an educator. Narelle is a founding member of the Damp Collective, teaches graphic design at the University of Melbourne and co-manages an artist run space in Fitzroy. Narelle works in Yarra.

Matthew Fung

Matthew is an interior architect and a practising artist. He has worked in the building industry for over 8 years working in several firms and studios as a designer and fabricator across Sydney and Melbourne. Matthew lives and works in Yarra.

Shini Pararajashingham

Shini is the Founder and Director of Off the Kerb. Her role is in the strategic direction of the gallery and the creation of a calendar of exhibitions and special artistic projects that contribute to a dynamic independent arts sector in Melbourne renowned for innovation, excellence and internationally recognized standards. Shini works and owns a business in Yarra.

Harry Wray

Harry is the founder of Digi Debates, a judge for the Adelaide Advertising and Design Club, a speaker for She Says and Leading Ladies and a member of Pause Fest. She has over 15 years’ experience running creative and digital production teams in software strategy and customer experiences. Harry lives and works in Yarra.

Jessie Wright

Jessie is a practising mural artist and illustrator, a curator and gallery manager. He has experience as an Art Director within branding and advertising and expertise in guerrilla marketing. Jessie is the owner of Honey Bones Gallery and Studio in Collingwood. Jessie works and owns a business in Yarra.