Caitlin Stewart joined Arts Narrogin in 2015 and stepped into the role of Manager in 2019. As Manager she works with an amazing team of volunteers and part time staff. She wears a variety of hats including creative program development, event management, exhibition coordination, and community arts project management. With a background in Education (BEd) and a Diploma of Visual Arts, she is a practising textile artist and has been involved in regional community arts in Western Australia from Walpole to Shark Bay. She is passionate about providing opportunities for her community to connect, think, question and see the world around them in new ways.
Katie has moved back to Narrogin after living in the Northern Territory for more than 10 years. She grew up here in Narrogin and enjoys the country life – but not so much the cold weather!! Katie is the finance officer and is across almost all exciting projects that Arts Narrogin is involved in. This is her first time working in the Arts and she’s enjoying meeting lots of talented people in and around the Narrogin area.
Casey returned to Narrogin in 2016, after completing her BA in Fine Art at Curtin University in Perth. She joined the Arts Narrogin team in 2017, and currently works as the Communications Officer looking after things like our website & social media, graphic design, eNews and event ticketing. Casey is a practising visual artist with a passion for oil painting, and has spent the past couple of years furthering her skills after undertaking a mentorship to develop her first solo exhibition. Casey’s artworks have made their way into collections across Australia and internationally.
Brad moved back to the district in 2016 and joined Arts Narrogin as their Events Coordinator in 2019. With Arts Narrogin expanding its live performance programme, the opportunity came up for this part time position to facilitate the performances and further the engagement of the community and district. Having previously been involved in the Arts as a Casting Director in the North American Film and Television industry for seven years, Brad hopes to develop and transfer his experience gained to Arts Narrogin. Brad is passionate about bringing a variety of quality performances for the enjoyment of the Narrogin community and surrounding districts.
Dianne Strahan has lived in Narrogin for over 45 years. She worked in the media sector at the Narrogin Observer, managed a local retail shop and worked in the family painting business. She became a member of Arts Narrogin in 2011, joined the board in 2012, became Vice-Chair in 2017 and took over as Chair in 2019. During this time she worked extensively toward developing and coordinating the six Dryandra Country Art, Food and Wine Trails from 2013 – 2018 as well as being involved in this event as a textile artist. Dianne is retired and currently volunteers at Arts Space on a weekly basis as well as at events where needed.
Amy George, 25, joined the Arts Narrogin committee in 2017 and is currently the Vice President. She works for the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Georgie, as she prefers to be called is part of the local repertory club and classes herself as a ‘queer, wanna-be comedian/actress/singer’ who loves engaging with her community & bringing people together.
She moved to Narrogin almost seven years ago from Wagin, where she was (and still is) involved with running a youth centre. She has been involved with the arts from a young age and it felt natural to get involved with Arts Narrogin and bring more of what she loves to her rural community.
Avril joined ARtS Narrogin when it reformed from the existing Narrogin Arts Council in 2010. She joined the Board in 2012 and has been treasurer from 2013 – 2020. She has a love of theatre and the arts in general and wanted to support an organization whose vision was to foster arts and culture in our region. Avril considers herself a “consumer” not an artist, but loves viewing art, movies and live performances, plus taking part and helping with vibrant community events. Avril helped create the very successful monthly Poets Café which ran for several years and has coordinated Flickerfest for the last 8 years. This has now developed into a mini festival of three screenings over three nights. Avril also volunteers on the front desk at ARtS Space one day a week.
Sue originally joined Arts Narrogin to be a part of a community, enjoying and supporting arts in our town. She believes regional towns must have lively arts environments to hold and attract people against the pull of the city. She has been a parent and teacher in Narrogin for many years so has an understanding of how students’ school arts experience can be developed and enhanced by opportunities our organisation can provide. Sue has been on the board as Secretary since 2014.
At 22 Evan is the youngest Board member of Arts Narrogin who joined the committee in 2018. He is active in a number of local clubs and organisations including the role of treasurer of the Narrogin Repertory Club and the Narrogin Environmental Action Team (NEAT). He feels volunteers are essential in assisting in the running of events and he enjoys helping Arts Narrogin present a range of shows and exhibitions.
Sally has been a member of Arts Narrogin since 2010, began on the committee in 2012 and served as vice chair for several years. She moved with her family to Narrogin in 2002 from Albany for work reasons and has been employed as a full time Physiotherapist at Earl St Physiotherapy Narrogin for the past 18 years. Sally started voluntary work for Arts Narrogin when using Arts Space as a venue for committee meetings while she was Chairperson for Narrogin’s Fundraising Event Relay For Life on behalf Cancer Council WA for 6 yrs. She joined the Committee as she wanted to support the development of the Arts in Narrogin and saw Arts Narrogin as a strong and positive association with great visions for the future development of the Arts in Narrogin. She has volunteered at many events and was also involved in the Creative Grid mentorship programme in photography that gave her a great opportunity to develop some very useful skills in her Photography interests. In the future as her workload eases she hopes to participate in other creative mediums too. Sally is also part of the Central South Naturalist Club as Secretary.
Josh was born and bred in Narrogin and has been a board member since 2019. He works in the public sector within local government, and is also a writer, having his first book published in 2019. He has been a member of Narrogin Repertory Club for some years and secretary of that club for the past five years. He has acted, directed and done stage management for various shows during this time. Josh is also the President of the Narrogin Environmental Action Team.
Mary has had a connection with Arts Narrogin for about 25 years, from when it was running on a smaller scale as Narrogin Arts Council which still put on various shows such as piano recitals, plays, comedy sketches. She was the president of the Narrogin Arts Council at the time that it was reformed to Arts Narrogin in 2010 and has been on the committee in various roles since that time. Her creative interests are mainly in the area of music, playing piano, musical theory, choir conducting and lately she has been learning the Celtic harp. She teaches music, and volunteers her time to conduct sewing and knitting classes with children. She also volunteers in the office at Arts Space where her typing skills are of use while learning new programs on the internet.