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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
Susan Conroy
Cultural Planner

Susan Conroy is a highly experienced consultant in cultural planning.  As a keen collaborator, she works closely with clients to help build capacity and deliver the best results based on local needs and aspirations. 

Susan has specialist skills and provides advice in cultural research, arts and cultural policy, arts and cultural project development, evaluation, consultation and engagement, cultural and community facility planning, analysis of social and economic impacts of arts and cultural activity, precinct planning and development and place making. 

Susan is a Corporate Member, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), President ACT Shelter and a past Convenor of PIA ACT Division Social Planning Chapter, a position she held from its inception in 2004 until November 2012. In 2014, Susan was made a Fellow of the Institute.

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.


The Staff

Daniel Ballantyne
Chief Executive Officer

Daniel has greatly enjoyed getting to know Belconnen, its town centre, suburbs, outlying villages and rural lands.  He sees the diversity, pace and rate of transformation Belconnen’s communities experience and is excited by the depth and breadth of the creative and artistic response found in BAC’s programs and activities. 

Daniel says, “leading a team so determined and focused on community arts and cultural development outcomes, while ensuring our principle asset, this beautiful arts centre, is imaginatively utilised and set up for growth, is a complete joy.  The rewards are constant and the prospect of great art always near.”

Monika McInerney
Creative Programs Director

Monika’s experience has involved participation in the community arts, cultural development, creative industry and Local Government sectors. Monika is looking forward to collaborating with the BAC team in partnership with the community, practitioners and arts sector to generate new experiences for creative engagement to tell of the stories found in the rich tapestry of community life. 

“I am continuously inspired by the integral role community cultural development has in fertilising social exchange, building arts practice and forging new initiatives to contribute to a vibrant community lifestyle”

Robyn Higgins
Community Cultural Inclusion Officer

Robyn has been with BAC since 2014. Robyn is proud to participate in an energetic community of socially engaged makers and actively support cross-fertilization, unexpected collaborations and rich social exchange in the arts across the ACT community.

Robyn is a passionate and experienced artist producer. She has worked in partnership with diverse communities for over 10 years and has a background in local and international community development, social justice, visual arts practice, arts organisational management, strategic program development, facilitation and training.

Robyn holds a degree in International Studies (Community Development) from UNSW and a BFA Honours in Drawing from NAS, Sydney. Her practice reflects her conviction that community arts and cultural development are profound tools for positive change at social and systemic levels. She believes that deep engagement, diversity and cultural safety in the arts is crucial for a strong and thriving community.

Ann McMahon
Community Cultural Inclusion Officer

Ann assists the community to engage in arts activities. Her CCIO colleagues provide her with constant inspiration as do the programs and staff at Belconnen Arts Centre. Art is her passion and it has been the focus for her working life for the past 20 years.


Philip Piggin
Community Cultural Inclusion Officer

Philip loves the growing relationship between BAC and our community, and the significance that each plays in the life of the other. Whilst loving all the art-forms that happen at BAC, Philip has a long and deep connection to dance. 

Originally trained as an educator and dancer, he brings a long history of working across the dance sector. He has a deep commitment to providing opportunities for all sectors of our community to engage with the arts, and the resultant life enriching experience that this provides.

“I am most proud of the growing relationships we continue to build with our community.  This is reflected in an ever-expanding and diverse array of exhibitions, performances, events and workshops across all art forms, for all our community.”


Jack Lloyd
Business and Operations Director

Jack has worked at Belconnen Arts Centre since its opening in 2009, and has worked in the arts in Canberra for 13 years as a member of Boho, exploring concepts from contemporary complex systems science through interactive performance.

In 2014, Jack completed his Master of Management (Arts & Cultural Management) from UniSA, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Digital Arts) from the ANU. Jack is a member of the Childers Group arts advocacy body of the ACT.

“It is incredibly rewarding to have seen and participated in the growth of BAC and its programs since it opened in 2009. We have a great team of people and a strong community – I’m really looking forward to where we go from here.”

Julia Boyd
Marketing and Events Manager

Julia loves the diversity of communities that call Belconnen home. Reaching out to these groups and encouraging people to express their creativity is what drives her. Having studied Visual Arts (Photography) in Australia and the UK, Julia brings to the fore the rich and vibrant programs happening at the Centre through contemporary visual language. Establishing Belconnen Arts Centre’s identity and brand in its first five years of existence are among Julia’s proudest achievements.


Dianne Libke
Front of House Officer

As Front of House Officer Dianne loves seeing the Belconnen Arts Centre audiences engage in creative activities such as the Creative Workshops and Dance Classes held at the Centre. Dianne is a practicing visual artist who has contributed work to Belconnen Arts Centre's community exhibitions and curated gallery programs.


Pat Miller
Finance Officer

Pat was born in Sydney and moved to Canberra in 1965. She grew up and was educated in Canberra.
She has always worked in finance in various industries including automotive and construction and has resided in Yass, NSW, since 2001.

Pat studied Art for 6 years at high school, and enjoys the atmosphere & diversity the Arts Centre offers, and very much enjoys working with the other staff members at BAC.


Adults' Classes

Take a look at our new program of dance, visual arts, and music classes and try something new!

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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)