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 Danae Bosler and Mike McEvoy are members of the committee. Members for the 2018-2020 term are:

Ed Service

Ed is an event organiser, urbanist, artist and art lover who has devoted his career to marrying these passions. He has over a decade of experience in events and arts, recently branching into community coordination, activations and urban planning - due to complete his masters of Urban Planning mid 2018. He has been involved running events with City of Yarra, the City of Melbourne and is the event director of Collingwood's Peel St Festival. Ed works as the Events and Community Coordinator at Yarra's newest emerging arts hub, the Collingwood Art Precinct.

Originally from Wellington, Ed has planted his roots deeply in Melbourne's music and contemporary arts scene since moving here in 2008, involving himself in a range of musical projects in the last nine years. Ed has a deep interest in participatory, democratic city making and a strong belief in the the community and place making power of music and the arts.

Jayne Lovelock - YAARTS Chair

Jayne's career in the arts spans across a diversity of roles including practitioner, producer, festival director and fundraising executive. After completing a degree in classical music performance, Jayne received her Master of Arts & Entertainment Management. With career expertise in strategic business development and arts programming, her background includes festival direction, marketing and communications, major events management, and corporate and philanthropic fundraising.

With recent roles including Creative Director & CEO of Melbourne Fringe Festival and Development Manager at Malthouse Theatre, Jayne has worked across organisations in both the major and small-to-medium sector, with international commercial arts experience.  Jayne is currently Director of Development at Melbourne Theatre Company and holds positions on the City of Yarra Room to Create Advisory Panel and the Board of community radio station PBS 106.7 FM. In 2015, Jayne was selected to participate in the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Development Program.

Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy 

Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy is an award-winning theatre maker, and the artistic director of Triage Live Art Collective. She has 25 years of experience as a director, dramaturge and actor trainer. Since 2006 she has focused on the creation of intimate, immersive and participatory performances. With Triage she has created and toured locally and internationally. The company has been commissioned by Arts House, ArtPlay, Punctum Inc, Arts Centre Melbourne, Westspace Gallery, Theatreworks and many others.

In 2013 Triage became the first Australian company to ever be funded by Creative Europe. Hotel Obscura was created over two years (2014-2016) with eight organisations, six festivals, and more than 200 artists. It was presented in Australia, Austria, France and Greece. More recently Katerina was awarded an Australia Council Theatre Fellowship (2017-2019) and is now developing four new works. 

Chloe Powell

Chloë Powell is a curator and creative producer, with a background in contemporary craft and design.

She is Co-founder/Director of Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial, and Curator at Craft Victoria. Chloë has worked in the arts since 2008 in Australia and internationally, including at RMIT Design Hub and Museum Arnhem, the Netherlands. She is driven by creating relevant creative and professional development opportunities for artists, and engaging arts experiences for audiences.

Lou Oppenheim

Lou Oppenheim is the General Manager of Circus Oz.  After completing a combined Engineering and Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, she worked for the Boston Consulting Group across Australia, New Zealand and America. In 2003 Lou made the leap into a full-time role in the performing arts, joining the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra firstly in strategic planning and then moved backstage to the role of Director of Operations.  She worked in this position until the start of 2013, at which time Lou joined Circus Oz.

A Fitzroy North resident, Lou has been a member of the City of Yarra Arts Committee since 2017. She is the Deputy Chair of ELISION and the Treasurer of Theatre Network Australia.  She has also previously been the Arts Administration Tutor for the Australian Youth Orchestra, a guest lecturer at Melbourne University and a Board Member for Melbourne Youth Music. 

Julia Holt

Julia Holt has 20+ years international and national experience in the commercial and not for profit performing arts industries with demonstrated success in both creative and managerial fields. Julia is the Director of Marketing for Live Performance Australia (LPA) which is the peak body for the performance arts industry in Australia. Julia is also a performing arts consultant for Tout Suite Pty Ltd, a company that provides strategy and policy development consulting services for the arts industry and senior project management services. Julia has worked in a range of different organisations including as a Program Manager for Arts Centre Melbourne, Festival Director Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Director of Programming and Marketing at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and General Manager Riverside Studios in London.