Aimee Chan is an award-nominated writer, podcaster, content creator and project manager. She has published 10 books and multiple podcasts including Mother Country for SBS. She has developed several public art projects such as Our First Responders and Women of the River. Her exhibition Juvenilia is booked to tour regional NSW, Victoria, Adelaide and the ACT and her show The Happy Mask has been performed to over 600 children. She is also the founder of local creative collaboration Albury Wodonga Creatives. She has been involved in numerous local events such as Write Around the Murray and The Winter Solstice. Her work has been published all over the world by CNN, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, The Weekend Australian and Time Out.
Alicia began working in film after training and working in sound engineering and broadcast engineering at Channel Four UK. Her editorial experience ranges from Feature Films and Television to Commercial work and Music Videos. She’s collaborated on substantial projects as an Editor, VFX Editor, Assistant Editor and Post-Production supervisor.
Alicia is interested in the opportunities that exist in the creative, technical and logistical areas of filmmaking and is extremely proficient at devising and delivering complex workflows and adapting new and established technologies to suit any project.
Her Editorial credits include The Thin Red Line, Holy Smoke, Farscape, Anacondas, Paranoia, Blood Diamond, Knowing and the Academy Award-winning Happy Feet. After many successful years on live action projects, she gravitated toward Animation and was editor of the Emmy award winning series Animalia, and Associate Editor on Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. She has also spent time working with emerging practitioners as an Editing Mentor for Screen Australia’s development workshops and teaches at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney.
Alicia is a professional member of the Australian Screen Editors Guild, and a credentialled member of the Australian Cinema Pioneers.
Here at Art Parts Fine Arts Supplies, our team carefully curates a range of top quality and great value art supplies for students, amateurs and professional artists. Our creative workshops, held in our Gallery space, are run by experienced, high calibre artists ranging through all different mediums and experience levels.
Art Starts Here is a creative workshop and facilitation business run by artist, Kylie Biltris.
With a focus on creating tailor-made experiences, Art Starts Here offers a range of mediums including mosaic, sculpture, resin, alcohol ink, polymer clay, macrame, and silk scarf marbling.
Kylie's expertise in working with diverse groups of people and her ability to communicate and inspire make her a great teacher and enabler.
She has worked on projects for councils, funded initiatives, schools, aged care, women's groups, and more.
Whether it's a private group, function, or staff development day, Art Starts Here provides a unique and engaging experience, requiring no previous skill or natural talent.
Some of the organisations Kylie has collaborated with include:
Regional Art Victoria, Shire of Towong, City of Albury, Wagga Wagga & Wodonga, Tallangatta Health Services, Gateway Health, local Neighbourhood Houses, and the Country Women's Association.
These partnerships have provided opportunities to create inspiring art projects in various settings and have proven effective in promoting creativity and fostering a sense of connection and wellbeing.
Contact Kylie to have a conversation about how we can help you to realise an arts project for your group, school or community.
Ashe's art practice is conceptually based and deeply rooted in exploring the politics of belongingness and the human condition. He creates works that are both poetic and evocative, delving into the emotional intricacies of the human experience and exploring the complexities and nuances of identity, belonging, and marginalisation. Ashe is focused is on extending his installation practice into new forms of expression and territories, by fusing live static performative gestures and the ready-made with various mediums such as photography, sculpture, text, and video. This approach allows him to create dynamic and multi-layered works that engage the viewer on numerous levels, both visually and conceptually. Ashe’s practice questions our broken social systems and reflects on the ongoing search for a sense of belonging in contemporary society, highlighting the vulnerability that comes with it.
Ashe graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) in 1995, and a Masters of Contemporary Art (with distinction) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. Ashe has held solo exhibitions at VOID_Melbourne, MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury), Kings ARI, Blindside Gallery and BUS Projects. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions across Australia, and internationally, at Parliament House Australia, Canberra; Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh), Melbourne; Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin; tête, Berlin; Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington; HOTA, Gold Coast; The Substation, Newport; Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown; and Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs. Ashe has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and Regional Arts Victoria for the development of his practice. He was the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artist Grant in 2014 and the National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award in 2013. His work has been selected as finalist in awards including, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Incinerator Art Award-Art for Social Change, Bowness Photography Prize and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Ashe was artist-in-residence at Picture Berlin (2014) in Berlin (DE) and for the Laughing Waters Artist Residency Program (2013) in Eltham (AU).
A beautiful art gallery showcasing fine art and design by professional and collectable artists from the region.
Bettina developed a strong interest in both the visual and performing arts at a very young age. In her early adolescence, she wrote and directed plays in the family attic, complete with lights and curtains. The neighboring children were selected for various acting roles and several plays were performed over the course of the summer months.
Bettina had intended to study theatre and English at Acadia University but was side-tracked into Psychology. Many years later while attending graduate school in Sydney, Australia she enrolled in and completed a diploma in Expressive Arts offered through Rozelle Hospital. The facilitation training included: Moreno’s Psychodrama, authentic movement, art therapy, journalling, puppetry and clowning and developing and presenting short performances. She has utilized these skills when working with children, adults and couples for years to come. Bettina is a passionate believer in that creativity is inherently healing.
Returning to Halifax, Nova Scotia her and a business partner owned and operated a private art gallery for new and emerging artists in the area. This project accepted all types of artistic expression and was strongly supported by the local community. Unfortunately, the heritage home was sold and my business partner returned to Germany.
Bettina then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked with very marginalized, vulnerable street artists on a program called Out of the Rain. The artists were provided with studio space, art supplies, nutritional lunches, educational workshops etc. Many of these artists were extremely talented but often sold their art pieces for drugs at a margin of what they would procur in a gallery.
The funding was discontinued and Bettina felt this was very unethical. She then spent the next year researching and writing an arts-based social enterprise, which would provide street artists with a liveable income. The product had enormous appeal with high-end retailers, cruise ships, the travel and gift industry. However, despite an enormous effort, Bettina was unable to raise the capital needed for seed/start-up stages.
During her years in Vancouver, she was very involved in the arts community and was fortunate to be involved in several group and solo exhibitions She also developed several art programs for Vancouver Native Housing, Fraser Health-Bolivar Court, and for a girl's orphange in Ecuador.
Bettina is a self-taught artist, who has painted exclusively in watercolour, although she has a strong interest in mixed medium and fiber arts. Her work hangs in private collections in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United States of America and Germany.
Bettina has lived in Albury for 2.5 years and is really looking forward to connecting with other artists and creative community groups.
Blissful Love specailises in wedding, family, newborn, maternity and business photography.
Brendan Hogan is a multi-award-winning playwright and theatre-maker from Yackandandah, who is passionate about writing for young people and communities.
He was the winner of the 2018 and 2019 Martin-Lysicrates Prize for his plays, Farewell Mr Nippy and The Incomplete Works of Willow Baker (formerly Play Number Four), both of which are currently in development. Gamers for Life was a finalist in 2022 and Arty Fyshal in 2023. The Incomplete Works of Willow Baker was highly commended for the 2023 Griffin Award. His works have also been finalists for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2021) and the Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize. His most recent work, All The Shining Lights, was commissioned by HotHouse Theatre and had its world premiere in November, 2022. The Last Boy on Earth, was performed by the Yackandandah Young Players as part of HotHouse Theatre's 2019 season .His published works for children include, Scaredy-Cat (MICF, 2015), How to Beat a Bully (2016), The Last Boy on Earth (2019), all of which have been performed by youth ensembles in schools around Australia. In 2020, his monologue, Spiderweb, was one of fifty commissioned by Playwriting Australia as part of their Dear Australia project. He was part of Arena Theatre Company's Bendigo Studio.
Brendan has also worked with diverse groups to create original and inspiring theatre for regional communities. In 2016, he collaborated with Yackandandah Cemetery Trust and Yackandandah Museum to create and produce From Here To There. In 2017, he collaborated with the residents of a local aged-care facility to explore the themes of resilience and growing old to produce a new show, Living Memory.
Brendan has featured in national print, radio and television media, including The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine and Back Roads (ABC TV). He has written and directed shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and presented at several conferences and festivals as a writer and an advocate for arts in the community, including the War Widows Guild of Victoria and the Writers, Readers and Poets (WRAP) festival.
Chris is a professional and community theatre practitioner with a passion for suicide prevention. He has worked in all areas of the performing arts as producer, director, performer, and stage manager.
Chris' current theatre practice has a suicide prevention focus. He has directed and performed in Carpe Diem, a play about men's mental health, which has toured to over 120 locations in regional and remote Australia.
Chris has also played a variety of other roles, including Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, P.T. Barnum in Barnum, Cliff in Cabaret, and The Baker in Into the Woods. He has directed the Opening of the Shearers Hall of Fame, the Bonegilla Migrant Experience multicultural festival, and the opening festival for the Albury Library Museum.
Chris' backstage experience is extensive. He has been Stage Manager and Student Crew Mentor on Mulan, Guys and Dolls, and Beauty and the Beast for Murray High School, Assistant Stage Manager on Addams Family with Centre Stage Event Company, and Backstage Manager on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Revolution Theatre Productions.
In addition to his work in theatre, Chris is also a talented singer and musician. He has been a soloist at the Albury Carols and has co-directed and music directed Wind in the Willows for Murray High School and RTP.
Chris is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention and his work in the theatre is a powerful way to raise awareness of this important issue.
Creative, personal pet portrait photography with a focus on the special connection and place our pets hold within the family. I provide clients with quality images with a strong narrative that evokes feelings and memories which last a lifetime. By including family, these images may be appreciated by the whole family and be a source of enjoyment for many years.
I believe being creative in life brings out your childlike inspirations, so you can be the best version of yourself and find joy in everyday life.
That’s why I have spent years researching creative women and integrating their proven tools to support you on your creative, second journey in life.
Which means you can join me for an introductory two-hour creativity workshop, so you can rekindle your creative spark, while connecting with like-minded women in a supportive and relaxed environment.
Donna’s practice is based in mixed media with a focus on textiles, collage and assemblage.
Donna exhibits regularly with Gateway Gallery and in both joint and solo exhibitions.
Donna enjoys sharing her skills in both collage and stitch in workshops and with her peers and the community. She has run collage workshops in conjunction with exhibitions at the Albury Library Museum, Write Around the Murray Festival and at Gateway Gallery and facilitates contemporary play mixed media stitch groups. Her collaged works were part of the City of Wodonga Ephemeral Art Public display in 2022. Two of her stitched works form part of the Southern Midlands Council (Tas) Art Collection.
Donna’s work is thematic and influenced by an idea, material at hand and surroundings. Donna’s work can be found on her website. She welcomes commission and workshop enquiries.
Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet and writer for around fifty years. He has been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as ‘spoken word’.
In recent years Frank has added Book design and Layout, Picture-Poetry and Fine Art Photography to his skillset.
Frank has now published twenty collections of free verse poetry internationally, including memoir, true life stories, literary interpretation, picture poetry and books suitable for young children.
He and his wife live in the beautiful township of Beechworth in northeast Victoria (Australia).
Good Gravy is a modern-day barbershop quartet that celebrates the beauty of a cappella singing. James, Joel, Cameron, and Jeremy, all Albury/Wodonga locals, have been harmonising together since 2019. Their combined musical experience spans several decades, covering diverse disciplines including performance, teaching, busking, and serenading around the border.
With a perfect blend of classic barbershop tunes and popular hits, Good Gravy guarantees to leave audiences smiling. Their years of singing together have cultivated a unique sound that they love sharing with all sorts of audiences. Beyond their performances, they've participated in community events, theatre productions, local choirs, and bands.
Good Gravy is at your service, ready to add a touch of uniqueness to your private events, public celebrations, or corporate functions. Or looking for an unforgettable surprise for your special someone? They've got you covered with their Sing-A-Gram service, available anywhere around the border.
Helen Newman, creator of Nomad Films, is a multi-award winning Australian filmmaker and video artist whose work over the last 20 years has taken her around the globe gathering stories from the inspiring to the heartbreaking.
FILMMAKER: As both producer and director on film projects from short form to feature length documentaries Helen has a broad knowledge of both the creative and practical qualities needed to bring a film project to life.
Helen’s documentaries have screened on ABC TV, ABC iView, NITV and at a range of national and international film festivals.
VIDEO ARTIST: Helen has collaborated with a variety of performance, visual, animation and sound artists to create a varied collection of multi-platform, site specific and performance-based works.
Her projection works have played at festivals and exhibitions in Albury, Wodonga, Wagga, Chiltern, Beechworth and Bago state forest. Her 360 immersive work, Pygmy 360, was short-listed for Vivid, Sydney, 2020.
PROJECT MANAGER: Helen also has experience as project manager for arts based projects and was Creative Director for the hugely successful Limelight: Art, Science, Light event in 2022.
I specialise in watercolour and hand drawn natural history inspired illustrations, taking inspiration from the beauty and awe of the natural world.
Based in rural Victoria at the foothills of the high country (Dhudhuroa Country) I work as a freelancer, taking on a wide range of commissions for editorial, surface pattern design, bespoke illustration and hand crafted logo design.