Creative Island Board

Peta Heffernan
Board Member

Peta is co-founding director of Liminal Studio, a creatively agile practice that integrates design and architecture with the disciplines interior, furniture, object and production design as well as art curation and exhibitions. Liminal’s interdisciplinary approach is captured through the Studio’s Architecture, Spaces and Objects identities.

Peta is passionate about pushing benchmarks and firmly believes that to create new design frontiers, collaboration across broader disciplines drives new thinking and empowers communities.

Through architecture and design, Peta has led global and local teams and seeks to create stimulating environments that foster collaborative engagement and promote wellbeing.

While many of Liminal’s architectural projects touch people through education, culture, health, workplaces, housing and tourism, Peta’s contribution ranges from delivering award winning architecture and interiors, to acclaimed collaborations in contemporary performances, exhibitions and festivals, to roles influencing the framing of cultural policy.

Marta Dusseldorp
Board Member

Award-winning actress Marta Dusseldorp has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and is one of Australia’s most recognised actresses. Marta received the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama for ABC’s Janet King in which she plays the title role and is also an Associate Producer. She stars in the popular series A Place to Call Home for Foxtel and for the ABC: Jack Irish opposite Guy Pearce and Stateless with Cate Blanchett.

She has a wealth of experience on stage performing in more than thirty plays with all the major companies around Australia. Marta won a Helpmann for STC’s War Of the Roses and a Sydney Theatre award for Griffin’s Gloria. In film she has worked with directors Bruce Beresford, John Curran, Jonathon Teplitsky and recently writer/director Monica Zanetti.

Marta is also a producer in her own right, having started her own company Archipelago Productions based in Tasmania. Website: www.archipelago-productions.com

Michael Edwards
Board Member

Michael Edwards has maintained active involvement with contemporary art in Tasmania for over three decades in variety of professional, educational, curatorial, editorial and administrative roles. He is currently the Director of Contemporary Art Tasmania and Chair of NETS Australia (National Exhibition Touring Support). He also currently sits on: Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia, the University of Tasmania’s Plimsoll Gallery and Cité International des Arts Committees; Hobart City Council’s Public Art Special Committee.

Felicity Bott
Board Member

An experienced dance professional with an education in anthropology, Felicity Bott’s performing arts practice and advocacy for creativity are informed by sociological perspectives of the performing arts, and of culture more broadly.

Felicity has worked in professional contemporary dance since 1989 as company dancer, independent artist, commissioned choreographer, Artistic Director and CEO. She has 20 years’ experience at the helm of six different not-for profit dance organisations with mixed income streams inclusive of multi-year local, state and federal funding from the arts, education and health sectors; four in Western Australia (1998-2015) and two in Tasmania (2015-present).

Performing arts national nominations and awards have included 6 Helpmann Award nominations, an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, and a Churchill Fellowship. In 2009 she was the recipient of WA Department of Culture and the Arts’ prestigious Creative Development Fellowship and in 2015 selected for Australia Council for the Arts’ Leaders Program.

Her cultural focus is the creation of contemporary performance – in myriad and evolving ways. This is underpinned by 25 years of interdisciplinary cultural practice integrating dance, sociology, theatre, writing, architecture, design and original composition. In both Tasmania and Western Australia she has worked with teams to enliven city precincts, towns and communities through a wide range of activities inside professional, youth, integrated, mature, First Nations, festival and community dance settings.

Most recently, engagements with Dark Mofo, MONA, Mona Foma, Drill Performance, MADE, and Asialink Arts at the University of Melbourne have combined with work under the independent banner Dance Will Save The World and with the newly incorporated Great Southern Dance. From her current studio base in the Hobart CBD she works on niche project-based professional contemporary dance, and engages with Tasmanian and national arts and cultural networks including as 2019 Guest Juror for Tasmanian Chapter of Australian Institute of Architects’ Architecture Awards, the Creative Island Board and as member of the MADE (Mature Artist Dance Experience) Artistic Advisory Group.

Ben Winspear
Board Member

As a director Ben has steered a number of new productions for Sydney Theatre Company, where he was Resident Director for three years including Morph, These People, This Little Piggy, Metamorphosis and Thyestes. He also co-directed Victory for STC, ran numerous play readings and developments and judged for the Patrick White Award and Young Writers Award.

Other productions include Saved (NIDA), Insect!, Pantagleize, and Monkey (UNSW), Macbeth, King Lear, The Tempest (STC Education) and Monkey (Big Monkey), The Gardens of Paradise (Ten Days on the Island), The Bluebird (Cranbrook School) and Silver (Downstairs Belvoir).

As Associate Artist for Griffin Theatre he was Associate Director on Gloria, and for three years was responsible for running the artist development programmes there.

As assistant director, Ben has worked with Barrie Kosky (on three productions, Oedipus, Women of Troy and La Grand Macabre), Robyn Nevin (Don Parties On), Howard Davies (The Cherry Orchard), Garry McDonald (Stones in His Pockets), and Jean Piere Mignon (The Miser).

Most recently he directed Twelve Times He Spoke for Blue Cow, and The Feather in the Web for Griffin Theatre and Gruesome Playground Injuries for Tas Theatre Co. Ben has just completed a youth workshop for 12-15yr olds based on Monkey written by Les Winspear, produced by Archipelago Productions and The Salamanca Arts Centre.

Ben is one of the Artistic Directors of Archipelago Productions, based in Hobart Tasmania.

Judy Tierney
Board Member

A state and national award winning journalist who worked for ABC radio and television over 35 years, Judy Tierney continues to contribute to various programs despite her “retirement”.

Her broadcast roles have included national correspondent for “7.30 Report” including reporter and presenter positions; producer “Australian Story” and the morning current affairs slot on local radio. Judy also presented programmes on consumer issues and the regular Friday night “Stateline”.

Judy has won the State’s highest recognition for journalism, the Keith Welsh Award and other acknowledgements include the Family Court of Australia’s national prize. In 2019 she was awarded the Order of Australia for services to journalism.
Judy’s voluntary community work is vast and varied. Over the years she has been actively involved in The Tasmanian Ballet Company, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra the Theatre Royal, Tasmanian Theatre Council Errol Awards and the now disbanded Hobart Baroque Festival.

Currently Judy is a Leadership Champion with Tasmanian Leaders, the organisation that identifies and nurtures the best of our young, bright thinkers. She has recently spent 6 years on the board of “Island” magazine, the State’s oldest and most respected literary publication; is an Ambassador for Second Bite, promoting the wonderful work done by the food distribution group feeding the needy and fundraises for many arts organisations.

In her “spare” time Judy escorts travellers to exotic overseas climes. She is a veteran traveller having enjoyed visiting around 100 countries. She has lived in Britain, the USA and Kuwait.

In London, Judy was appointed Sales Marketing Executive with the Slazenger Company and in Kuwait was a marketing executive with Intermarkets servicing accounts such as the Danish Dairy Board and Nissan.

Skiing, cooking and gardening somehow fit into the frenetic lifestyle. She has published her first book and two more are in the pipeline.

Favel Parrett
Board Member

In 2011, Favel Parrett’s career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut PAST THE SHALLOWS. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012. Her next novel, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel’s reputation with booksellers and readers. Favel’s short stories have been published in various journals including Island, Griffith Review and Frankie Magazine. Released in 2019, THERE WAS STILL LOVE is Favel’s third novel.

You can find out more about Favel Parrett at www.favelparrett.com.au

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”

Victor Pinchuk