Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS)

Yarra City Council’s Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS), Visual Arts Panel (VAP) and Room to Create Panel are the three key committees that provide the formal mechanism for Council to enable community participation in arts and cultural planning and development.

YAARTS was established in 1997 as a community advisory committee to Yarra City Council to provide advice on arts and cultural development in the City of Yarra. It is comprised of representatives from Yarra based arts and community organisations, local artists and cultural industries.

The Committee provides a formal mechanism for Council to consult with key stakeholders, seek specialist advice and enable community participation in arts and cultural planning and development. To find out more about the committee view the Terms of Reference.

YAARTS Membership

Yarra Councillors Sophie Wade (Mayor) and Gabrielle de Vietri are members of the committee. Members for the 2021-2023 term are:

Simon Bedford

Simon is a performing arts producer and arts manager with over fifteen years of experience in the in both Australia and the UK. He is currently the Head of Systems and Ticketing at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Simon has also produced work for the Arts Centre Melbourne and Hoipolloi Theatre in the UK. Simon lives in the City of Yarra.

Eyal Chipkiewicz

Eyal brings experience in community cultural development, music, publishing and as an entrepreneur. Eyal is currently the Managing director of The Boite, located in the Abbotsford Convent. He has also been Co-coordinator of A Voz Limpia, a poetry collective and independent publisher. Eyal works in the City of Yarra.

Angela Conquet

Angela’s experience spans dance, performing arts, festivals and arts management. A prolific writer and creative producer, Angela has just begun doctoral research after serving as the Artistic Director/CEO of Dancehouse 2011 to 2020, Australia’s premier centre for independent dance. Prior to moving to Australia, Angela was the Director of Performing Arts at Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris’ largest independent arts centre. Angela lives in the City of Yarra.

 Miranda Hill

Miranda is a performer, music director, producer, teacher and community development worker. With specialist knowledge in Western Classical, Contemporary Western Art Music, Historically Informed Baroque performance, Improvisation, Electro-Acoustic, and Electronic composition. Miranda’s experience also extends to dance, theatre, and multi-media. Miranda is the Musical Director of the Riff Raff Radical Marching Band and the bands director for "Serendading Adela" feminist street opera. Miranda works and lives in the City of Yarra.

Clare Leporati

Clare brings extensive experience in visual art, public art, artist residency, collection management and local government. Clare is the Vice-Chair of NETS Victoria and Vice President of Yarra Sculpture Gallery. Clare lives in Yarra.