ACT Natimuk is an arts organisation that drives and presents cultural activities in the west Victorian community of Natimuk and beyond. Originally established as the Arapiles Community Theatre in 1979 and presenting musical theatre, it has evolved over the past 20 years by extending its vision. It now supports and produces arts in a variety of genres – disciplines such as dance, visual arts, film, new media, projection, aerial performance and experimental works.
Originally from Melbourne, Tracey has a background in multiple arts disciplines. Performing arts featured strongly in earlier years both studying and working in Melbourne, London and Japan as a vocalist and dancer.
Her interest in fashion and visual arts led her on a long journey of study and self employment as a textile artist with a strong leaning towards screenprint, also working as a costume creator for many years. She is an Alumni of RMIT and operates a small creative and movement studio space in her current hometown, qualified also in Pilates, Barre and Yoga.
She has worked for a number of NFP organisations and through this has grown her experience of project management and community work.
After serving on the ACT Natimuk committee for a number of years, she joined the organisation as a General Manager in 2020 and loves the multi-pronged approach she needs to apply to the role of General Manager. She has managed multiple projects throughout this time as a Producer, such as the Natimuk Open Studios Art Trail, the regular climbing film festival Goatfest, Program Coordinator for Frinj Trim in 2021 and Production Manager for the Nati Frinj Biennale 2022 and is well versed in organising events with the added challenges of any Covid19 requirements.
Tracey was Program Producer for Gatherings 2022
Jacinda O’Sullivan is a writer, theatre maker and farmer living in Gre Gre, Victoria. She recently completed a Creative Workers in School project with Regional Arts Victoria making theatre and digital arts with students at St Arnaud Secondary College. She has held roles as the Director of The Awakenings Festival an all abilities arts festival in Horsham and Editor of the North Central News St Arnaud. She is a member of St Arnaud Arts Council presenting theatre shows in rural and remote areas and facilitating art projects to happen in regional Victoria.
Jacinda worked as the Creative Producer for the Stawell Gatherings 2022 event and also the local facilitator for Gatherings 2022 in St Arnaud. She has an in depth knowledge and network of that community.
Jacinda is currently facilitating the DASH program with Blue light Victoria. This is a social recovery program for grade 5 & 6 students launched in the Northern Grampians. The program gives voice and agency to children and creates proactive community links.
Jacinda was Creative Producer for ‘Out of the Box’ Stawell Gatherings 2022 event and local facilitator for ‘Lights On’ St Arnaud Gatherings 2022 event.
Director, creative producer and performer Jillian Pearce established Natimuk based Y Space in 1999 to work with climbers and dancers to create unique performance events on high and iconic structures.
Large scale productions include the 10 day Colony inhabitation on the Arts Centre Melbourne Spire 2002 for the Next Wave Festival, Development of the Space and Place touring model at the Nati Frinj Biennale 2003 and RAA Conference Meeting Place 2004, Cirque de Silo 2005, Latrobe Space and Place-Commonwealth Games 2006, three Dusk performances for Nati Frinj 2017, Poppet Bendigo-State Government Commission for Regional Centre of Culture 2018; and Galaxias For Geelong After Dark in 2019. Jillian was Project Consultant for Bamboo Exquisite at the recent Nati Frinj biennale 2022.
Other projects of similar scale include; the opening of the Elements -Kowloon Hong Kong, 2007; performer for Insite Arts Advent Calendars in Federation Square 2006-09, Rehearsal director with Y Space in Highly Strung (produced by Dave Jones/Transience 2011 and Murtoa’s Stick Shed 2019) and Choreographer for Kat Pengelly’s Feeling the Ceiling in 2011.
Jillian’s freelance direction includes Strange Fruit/Art Is … Festival Flock 2011, Dookie Earthed Small Town Transformation Project 2014, Ansett Aflight Hamilton 2016 and Swan Hill‘s Fairfax Festival 2015 and 2016. Black Hole Theatre’s Vault in 2019 and Higgin’s Freda Project for the Castlemaine Festival in 2015.
Jillian was the Creative Producer for Halls Gap Gatherings 2022 with the first presentation of ‘Moth Trail’
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians on all the lands we live, work and recreate.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present.