In 1996 Debby founded the Westside Circus – Melbourne’s leading social enterprise for young people participating in circus arts.
Key achievements include:
- Leading the process of transitioning from a project to becoming a sustainable youth arts organisation
- Visioning and realising an artistic program, which included producing and directing interdisciplinary, large-scale community arts projects and performances working with at risk and disadvantaged young people
- Providing paid work, mentoring and work experience for 100’s of performers, musicians, techies, producers, arts managers and designers that now service the broader arts sector
In 2010 Debby established an independent arts practice, collaborating with organisations including Kids’ Own Publishing, Kids Thrive, Outer Urban Projects and Big West Festival and many individual artists. She has assisted with visioning, concept development, business planning, capacity building and fundraising. Through research and on the ground testing, Debby is interested in finding interesting and creative ways to maximise potential and address important social issues by pooling ideas, energy and resources. In 2015, with agriculturalist Vinnie Morris, she founded Arts Barter Australia, a new bartering and exchange network for the creative industry. It provides skills training, resources, social art projects and a physical and digital platform for artistic exchange and collaboration.
Debby has personally raised over $5 million towards social and cultural arts activity in Australia. In partnership with Big West Festival, she is currently leading a feasibility study of a new social housing enterprise that uses an arts festival platform to attract significant government support and raise awareness of homelessness for women in the West.
Program Development DMP.
Sharon Bard is an Australian born diversity and leadership specialist who has spent the past 21 years of her career participating in South Africa’s vibrant diversity journey.
Sharon is a thought leader in diversity management and throughout her career has forged a specialisation in managing disability in the workplace and community. She has a tapestry of experience that is specific to the diversity and disability sector including experience in the private sector, local government, not for profit and community space. Sharon has supported numerous organisations and communities to successfully carve and implement relevant and sustainable diversity strategies, policies and action plans.
Sharon is a pragmatic change agent with a passion for creating diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities.
Business Development Manager, DMP. Research, tender and grant writing for the arts, disability, community services and non-profit sectors. General business development, accounting, marketing and communications activities.
Vinnie Morris has had an extensive history in horticulture and fresh produce marketing. He is interested in developing cross collaboration and exchange between the arts and other sectors and industries, particularly those related to the basic needs of shelter, food and energy. Vinnie is inspired by the prospects of growing, swapping, cooking and sharing food, plants, seeds and plant products. Vinnie is also interested in how broader primary production of organic agriculture and alternative systems including permaculture, and cooperative demand and supply can intersect with an arts exchange community.