January-June 2015. Welcome to Belconnen Arts Centre
Belconnen Arts Centre

About Us

Belconnen Arts Centre

The Board

Ms Julia Mulligan (Chair)

Julia Mulligan’s interests include organisational governance where she has exercised board responsibilities for statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations since 1995. She has diverse experience working in both the public and private sectors, including the Commonwealth Public Service across the fields of climate change, natural resource management and World Heritage. In addition she has worked on safety in the ACT construction industry and humanitarian aid in Australia and Southern Africa. 

Through her recent work in the ACT arts sector she has variously filled the roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Board member at PhotoAccess where she is a life member.  Julia has a keen interest in both the performing and visual arts and is particularly interested in how the arts can foster community integration as well as cultural growth and development.   

Mr Philip Nizette (B L Arch, Assoc Dip Sculpture)
(Deputy Chair)
Landscape Architect

Philip is a Landscape Architect, public artist, public art consultant, community development worker and sculptor with over 28 years’ experience in the field.  He has highly developed skills in landscape architecture, public art, project management and community design/development. 

He has lectured and tutored in Landscape Architecture and community design, and is an advocate for public art, community facilities and events, believing that good urban design, and public art, connect people to their environment and create more liveable places.

Philip has a long association with arts and cultural development in Belconnen: having been a Community Arts worker for the area in 1992; member of the Belconnen Cultural Planning; helped organise several Belconnen Festivals; was a member and former President of Strathnairn Arts; and several community arts and development projects for Belconnen and the Town Centre.

Mr David Newling GAICD (Treasurer)
Geocon Group Pty Ltd

David was a senior executive in several multinational publicly listed companies in the property and financial services industries before recently relocating to Canberra. With experience in both the family office and NFP sectors, he believes and has seen that there is a great contribution that business can make to the arts sector.

David holds a range of professional qualifications and memberships, across business, finance, management and governance disciplines.

Ms Tara Cheyne (Secretary)
Belconnen Community Council

Tara Cheyne completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Canberra in 2013, and holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. She works in the Commonwealth public service.

Tara is a passionate advocate for Canberra and especially Belconnen. Tara is the Deputy Chair of the Belconnen Community Council and runs a popular blog- 'In The Taratory' promoting Canberra and the surrounding region. Tara is involved in a number of community activities, including volunteering at community station Radio 1RPH and judging the Tournament of Minds schools competition.

Tara's strong interest is in fostering community identity and pride, including engaging people through social and traditional media.

Tara Cheyne
Mr Paul Hetherington
Associate Professor of Writing, University of Canberra

Paul Hetherington is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra. He has held numerous board positions in the cultural and university sectors, including as head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), member of editorial committee of the Meniscus journal, member of the Board of Manning Clark House, chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, chair of the ACT Public Art Expert Advisory Panel, chair of the ACT Cultural Council, and member of the Board of Australian Book Review.

He has published eight full-length collections of poetry, most recently, Six Different Windows (UWA Publishing). His poetry has won a variety of prizes and is part of the online Australian Poetry Library. In 2002 he was the recipient of a Chief Minister’s ACT Creative Arts Fellowship and he was awarded a place on the 2012 Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. He edited the final three volumes of the National Library’s four-volume edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend (shortlisted for the Manning Clark House 2006 National Cultural Awards) and is one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

Ms Trenna Langdon
Strathnairn Arts Association

Trenna is a qualified and experienced researcher with a strong background in sustainable heritage management. She currently works as a consultant business analyst for a large government department’s service delivery reform program.

Trenna holds a Masters of Sustainable, Heritage Development (MSHD), Diploma of Art (Ceramics) and a Bachelor of Applied Science.

Ms Jennie Seppings
Human Resources consultant

Jennie has been in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years in leadership roles working for both global and small to medium sized organisations. Her particular interest lies in Organisational Development both in terms of leadership / cultural development and the engagement of its employees to achieve maximum business and individual success.

She has also had experience working in the Middle East providing a unique insight into the different Arabic and Asian cultures – an enriching experience, both personally and professionally.

Jennie is keenly interested in applying her capabilities and passion for the continuing success and development of the Arts in Canberra.

Ms Lora Shaw BA (Asian Studies), LLB (Hons),
GAICD Corporate lawyer

Lora Shaw is a corporate and commercial lawyer with over 15 years experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, major infrastructure and ICT projects, commercial contracts and government services. She also advises private and public companies, government and NFPs on corporate governance issues, with a particular focus on information governance (data protection, privacy, intellectual property and ICT). In 2014, Lora was listed as one of the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers in Australia, for Government Practice.

Lora studied at the Australian National University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) in 1996, and a Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) in 1999. Since being admitted as  barrister and solicitor, Lora has worked in the corporate departments of leading national and international law firms in Canberra, Sydney, Dublin and Tokyo, and in-house in the Tokyo office of a major Japanese trading company.

Lora is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently completing an MBA (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is also actively engaged in voluntary work for several community and not-for-profit organisations.


Adults' Classes

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There's a great range of upcoming events in Belconnen Arts Centre's 2014 special events program!

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How to get to Belconnen Arts Centre:

    118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT [Google Maps]
    Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Except for regular classes and special events
  • BUS:
    ACTION [Timetable Information] - 300 series buses to Belconnen, get off at Belconnen Community Bus Station and walk down to the Centre, or Route 45 directly to the Centre.
  • CAR:
    Enter eastern end Emu Bank from either Aikman Drive or Eastern Valley Way, from the western end off Joynton Smith Drive or directly opposite the end of Benjamin Way
    See Maps. Parking is available on Emu Bank, Westfield Belconnen and behind Nature Conservation House, or at the Centre (2 hours only)