Who We Are




John Kirkman

Executive Director

John Kirkman was Chief Executive Officer Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (2005-2012), previous to this he was Director of the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2001-2005). Previously he was Curator/Manager of djamu Gallery Australian Museum at Customs House (1998-2001), and was inaugural Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1992-98). John was also Project Co-ordinator,…Read More

Fadia Abboud

Co-Director, Arab Film Festival Australia

Fadia Abboud is a filmmaker and cultural producer, combining community cultural development practices and digital media and has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival Australia since 2007.<…Read More

Eddie Abd

Producer, Family Creative Hub (Maternity Leave)

Eddie Abd is an artist, a freelance designer and a facilitator of community cultural development since 2009. Eddie has worked on a variety of projects throughout the Western Sydney region specifica…Read More

Safia Amadou

Venue and Reception Officer

Safia Amadou started her career with the project development and design of the first children’s museum in Africa, ImagiNation Afrika, in 2012 in Senegal. There she curated her first interactive …Read More

Yamane Fayed

Producer, Family Creative Hub (Acting)

Yamane Fayed is an experienced trilingual educator and facilitator of digital and traditional storytelling workshops for diverse groups. She has worked as an educator in multicultural playgroups an…Read More

Barry Gamba

Producer, Screen Cultures

Barry Gamba has 25 years experience as a community arts & cultural development worker and freelance screen producer. He has developed arts and media-based projects for agencies including the Et…Read More

Victoria Harbutt

Producer, Training & Curatorial Development

Victoria has a BA Communications degree from University of Technology, Sydney and worked extensively as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Victoria is a curator/ producer whose projects –…Read More

Julian Lankshear

IT and Facilities Officer

Julian Lankshear’s work in Information and Communication Technology started in 1999 as a hobby while working as a performer. Since 1993 Julian has worked in Australia and internationally both…Read More

Julia Mendel

Producer, Digital Communication and Engagement

Julia Mendel’s past experience in digital communications and marketing includes her work with community arts organisation 14 Black Poppies (San Francisco) and Flickerfest Short Film Festiva…Read More

Kannaki Nadesan


Kannaki Nadesan has worked as a bookkeeper for small and large organisations for over 10 years, working with the finance departments for Australia Council for the Arts, British Council and many sma…Read More

Kayur Shrestha

Manager, Finance & Administration

Kayur Shrestha has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 1998. His professional work experience includes working as Finance Officer with the World Health Organization (Polio Eradication Project…Read More

Christian Tancred

Producer, Community Engagement

Christian Tancred is an experienced community and cultural producer and filmmaker. He has worked in a variety of settings including schools, community organizations, youth agencies and local govern…Read More

Mouna Zaylah

Co-Director, Arab Film Festival Australia

Mouna is an arts manager and cultural producer with over 25 years’ experience in the community arts and cultural development sector. She has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival since 2…Read More

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