Our Team

Our Team

Arts Narrogin is a small team of locals who are passionate about the importance of supporting arts & culture in our regional community. We are comprised of a volunteer board and part-time staff members, and rely heavily on community volunteers to assist in the delivery of our creative program.

Staff

Xiao Xiao (Sylvia)
General Manager
Xiao Xiao originates from Shanghai, and offers a wide range of working experience in publishing, media and arts having established projects with several Global 500 corporations and international exhibitions across several cultures and backgrounds. Her business trips to US, Europe and the Asia Pacific give her a different perception of Narrogin, in her eyes, Narrogin is unique with undiscovered potential.

She joined Arts Narrogin as a general manager in 2021, previously working as a publisher, she established her own publishing/media company Edoo International Media. In her early career she worked as a regional sales manager for the multinational publication corporation Reed Business Information/Reed Elservier. In the art world, she has been a manager and promoter for her artist father since her teenage years, growing up with opportunities to work with established artists, collectors, museum directors, curators and investors. She sold artists’ works to private and corporate buyers in China, Philippine, Taiwan, Hongkong, Germany, Australia and the USA.

Her passion and mission is leading Arts Narrogin to connect people from diverse communities, linking past, present and promoting an imaginative future for regional arts.

Brad Flett
Event Coordinator
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.

Casey Thornton
Communications Officer & Arts Administration Officer
Casey moved back to Narrogin in 2016, after graduating with distinction from a Bachelor of Fine Art at Curtin University, and working at Heathcote Museum & Gallery. She joined the Arts Narrogin team in 2017, and as Communications Officer is responsible for building and engaging with our audiences across print and digital platforms, marketing,  graphic design, and developing online communications via social media, our website, and monthly enews. She handles the membership, event ticketing & workshop enrolment systems, and provides general administrative support. She has recently taken on the additional role of Arts Administration Officer and looks forward to providing further assistance to the General Manager. Casey is a practising visual artist with works held in collections across Australia and overseas. One of her paintings is going to the moon! She is also buzzing with enthusiasm at her newfound hobby as an apiarist.

Melanie Noakes
Finance Officer & Volunteer Coordinator
I moved to Narrogin from Perth in 2005 and really enjoy the country lifestyle! I worked with Main Roads for many years and then left to start my family in 2013. I have 2 beautiful children, Blake and Jordanna and a  wonderful hardworking husband Matt.
I absolutely love to dance which I do every Wednesday with Narrogin Dance Centre and look forward to performing at our end of year concerts!I am really excited to be a part of the Arts Narrogin Team which I have recently joined and look forward to being involved in providing our town with some amazing shows. 


Board

Barbara Fletcher
Chair

Avril Baxter
Vice Chair
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.

Elizabeth Heffernan
Secretary
Libby is from Wickepin and became a volunteer with Arts Narrogin in 2019 and then joined as a member the following year. She has been involved with various areas of the arts including Pipe bands for 22 years and was also a drummer for the Narrogin Pipe Band. Libby is a new member of the Narrogin Repertory Club and has assisted with Sculpture workshops in Wickepin and the Wickepin Art Competition. She is an enthusiastic Festival attendee during the summer months in Perth in particular live theatre, music and film. Libby enjoys volunteering and was keen to join Arts Narrogin to support and encourage participation in arts opportunities and performance, not just for Narrogin residents but the surrounding shires.

Janey Rey
Treasurer

Deborah Old
Committee Member
Deborah retired to Cuballing, near Narrogin in 2020 and has greatly enjoyed becoming a member of the vibrant arts community in this area. She initially joined the Narrogin Art Group after attending a painting workshop with Peter Denton and is now the secretary and newsletter editor of that group. Deborah has now also joined the Board of ARtS Narrogin and is very much looking forward to being an active member of this group. Deborah began watercolour painting in 2013 and also enjoys pencil drawing which she tries to find time to do although retirement seems busier than working.

Evan Beckwith
Committee Member
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.

David Sivyer
Committee Member