MENTORING: What is it and how to get involved - Tuesday 26 May

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Arts Dinners Online delivers a professional development, networking and fun event so that people can participate in this from the comfort of their own home. 

View recordings here from previous 2020 Arts Dinner Online.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council is partnering with the South West Queensland Regional Services Network and Arts Front to bring you these fun, online events.

This event comences with a Welcome from Aunty Janis Page; guest artist, Kim Williams and performers, Mununjali Ngari (pre-recorded at Wyaralong Dam) and The Ironing Maidens. Then, there'll be a fun, half-hour cooking segment with local chef, Richard Ousby, from The Overflow Estate 1895, who will be using fresh local produce.


By emailing us to register, you will be sent the Zoom link to join us online along with a recipe for the event. 

For those who cannot attend (virtually) on the day, the sessions will be recorded and a transcription provided that can be accessed from YouTube, at a later date. You can also share this event with your friends and family on Facebook. Go to the Facebook Events page here.

Following on from the performers and cooking segment, a panel discussion will dive into the theme of the evening, MENTORING: What is it and how to get involved. Our speakers on this important topic will be:

Andrew Wright - Goat Track Theatre Company; Patty Preece - Central Queensland University (CGUni); Melania Jack - songwriter and musician; Ant McKenna - Program Manager for Brisbane Multiculrual Art Centre (BEMAC); Kim Walmsley - Mununjali artist and artsworker; Wendy Green - Queensland Museum and the Lost Trades Fair


ARTS DINNER ONLINE: 26 May 2020 - Proposed Schedule of Events (6.30-8.30pm)

Introduction from The Centre Beaudesert
with Bronwyn Davies

Welcome to Country

Mununjali Ngari Performers on Wyaralong Dam

Cooking with Chef, Richard Ousby, from
The Overflow Estate 1895

Introduction to the evening's theme and the panel
with Michelle Blair

Discussion with Melania Jack
Discussion with Patty Pearce
Discussion with Wendy Green
Back to Bronwyn and introduction to Kim Williams
Discussion with Ant McKenna
Discussion with Andrew Wright

Questions from the Audience and
Thank You to the Panel

The Ironing Maidens Perform

Broadcast Concludes

Involved in creative and cultural sector development for almost 30 years, Ant McKenna has worked for Arts Queensland and led arts, cultural and creative development as Team Leader of Cultural Programs for Sunshine Coast Council. His work saw the development of the Horizon Festival, a major increase in RADF funding, doubling of participation to the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, amongst other achievements. Ant was involved in the early development of Q Music, managing the ground-breaking state-wide A-Venue music industry development program and leading the organisation for the initial BIGSOUND artist showcase in 2005.

Ant McKenna

Melania Jack is originally a songwriter and musician. She has extensive experience as a music teacher and workshop facilitator on various multimedia projects. 

With a background in film she has produced award winning film clips, projected visuals as well as directed on commercial ads, TV and live streams. Melania is also half of the dynamic duo musical act, The Ironing Maidens.

Patty Preece is the Associate Lecturer - Music & Theatre Technology at CQUni.

Patty is passionate about pushing the sonic envelope of music creation and experimentation and creating opportunities for women to learn all aspects of audio technology. Patty is also half of the dynamic duo musical act, The Ironing Maidens.

Andrew Wright is the Artistic Director of Goat Track Theatre, the winner of two consecutive QLD ABAF AWARDS. This company is committed to the creation of quality drama and theatre practices for children and young people. He is also the principal teacher of the “Goat Track Kids” and “Fast Track” – one of Australia’s biggest providers of drama programs for children and young people respectively.

Andrew has led nationally recognised CACD projects with regional youth on issues of depression, car crashes, drug related issues, risk, mental health and local history. 

As an artist, Kim Walmsley, is asked to work within clients specifications. From schools working with their Values & Themes for positive learning systems via Murals or Workshops to not for profit organisations working with children and/or adults with issues that can intrude on personal identity & aspirations; or creating a logo for a Festival; or artwork for a Reconciliation Action Plan; or designing and making giant jigsaw puzzles. This can include planning, organising and implementing workshops for a 1,000 children over a week.

Kim enjoys a challenge and embraces her purpose to enhance and promote self-worth and determination with art as her tool and her Indigenous Spirituality as her guide.

In her role at the Queensland Museum, Wendy Green focuses on arts, events and cultural heritage driving economic benefits within the regional campuses. She has gained valuable experience during her nine years at QM, including the activation of spaces via leveraged relationships with artisans, artists and third party stakeholders, which in turn drives support for diverse and inclusive communities and creating strong regions.

Wendy feels strongly that arts and culture provide an entry point in which all members of a community can connect.


Guest artist - Kim Williams

Kim Williams (Brolga) is a proud Kullilli-Wakka-Wakka woman with a Diploma of Contemporary Indigenous Art and was awarded the Queensland College of Art's Talented Artist award. Kim's family history is central to her work.

Performers - Mununjali Ngari 

Mununjali Ngari are a group of emerging leaders set to make their careers in performing arts. With movement heavily traditional in nature, these artists are committed to cultural narratives of inclusion and creating unique dance to the old story.

Performers - The Ironing Maidens

An award-winning duo (Preece and Jack) that use irons and ironing boards as electronic instruments. They have toured national and international festivals.