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 Mi Lin Chen Yi Mei and Bridgid O'Brien 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.

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.

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.  

Helen Marcou 

Helen Marcou has dedicated much of her life and career to strengthening the nation’s music culture. Helen and her partner Quincy McLean founded Bakehouse Studios in Fitzroy 27 years ago. An icon in the Australian music scene, it now is located in its landmark premises along Hoddle Street in Richmond. In the early days, Bakehouse helped incubate classic artists like The Avalanches, The Dirty Three, Chain, Grant McLennan, David McComb, Cosmic Psychos, and Spiderbait. Fusing art, music and a deep sense of community, Helen’s work at Bakehouse has nurtured and supported generations of musicians and artists.

In 2010, Helen and her partner formed grassroots activist group Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) which galvanised 20,000 live music fans from across generations and genres to march and protest their right to experience and participate in live music. The rally was described as ‘The largest cultural rally in Australia’s history’.

In 2017 she was inducted to the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and earlier this year was awarded an order of Australia for significant service to music, particularly as a promoter and advocate for live performance.

Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz completed a Medical Degree at Melbourne University in 1977 and then trained in Psychiatry, becoming a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1983, and later gaining Accreditation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. From 1983 until the end of 2015 he worked as an Adolescent Psychiatrist in a number of public and private hospitals in both Victoria and New South Wales. Many of his clients struggled with mental health issues due to underlying Autism Spectrum Disorders or Intellectual Disability. He retired from clinical work at the end of 2015 to have a ‘final career’ in the Arts Sector. He has had strong interest in Contemporary Australian Art over the past twenty-five years, initially as a collector but more recently as a volunteer and through philanthropic endeavors.

He is currently a Volunteer Guide at the National Gallery of Victoria and has also taken on the role of Access Coordination which involves facilitating access of marginal groups to the NGV and includes people with Dementia, Intellectual Disability, sensory impairments, Autism Spectrum issues and Mental Health issues. He is also a volunteer in the Arts Project Australia studios and a member of the Arts Project Board and Exhibitions Committee.

Four years ago he purchased a building in Glasshouse Road in Collingwood which was renovated as a ‘not for profit’ art space. The ground floor of the building houses an exhibition space for Gertrude Contemporary and hosts 10 exhibitions annually. The second floor is occupied by Res Artis (the international artist residency program). Michael is also involved in supporting a range of other cultural organizations including Gertrude Contemporary, ACCA, MUMA, ANAM, AAGGO, Ian Potter Museum and The Production Company. His primary interest however is in the grass roots support of artists and over the years has mentored and supported visual artists primarily with bursaries and travel experiences.