About Us

Early in 2017, a group of St Kilda locals with a passion for the arts created St Kilda Arts Community Incorporated.

The principal aim of the St Kilda Art Community is to galvanise the local arts community by establishing a conduit through an art crawl that connects local businesses and the community with creative expression, through organizing, coordinating and promoting year round events and initiatives that will engage patrons living within and visiting the area.

Melbourne has long been recognized as the “Arts Capital of Australia”, and St Kilda, a major tourist destination, has always played a major role in this recognition.

Art takes many forms and is created by people from many walks of life including painters, sculptures, musicians, actors, dancers, writers, film makers, architects, designers…. in fact everything we see, hear and feel has an artistic element within.

Our Committee

TIm Barnett
Chair

Tim Barnett is a veteran of the entertainment industry with deep roots in production and business domains. With over 35 years production and management experience in the industry, his entrepreneurial skills have seen the creation of successful businesses influencing many aspects of entertainment including film, television, new media, technology, advertising and marketing. Tim is a pioneer with a diverse ability for getting things done as the company’s visionary. Being a hands on personality, Tim has always maintained a big picture overview based on well placed long term strategies. He was founder and chief executive for two of the industries major production and facility companies, the COMCOPY Group and Central City Studios (now Docklands Studios Melbourne).

Simon Barnett
Scetretairy

Simon Barnett has worked in the film and television industry for more than 40 years commencing at Channel 7 Melbourne. Since then he has travelled through the film and television industry directing, writing and producing TVC‘s, television series/specials, documentaries, dramas, corporate video’s, network promotions, training and promotional projects.

He has also developed and managed several production and event companies in Melbourne including a subsidiary of a public company developing new media. As a producer and scriptwriter, he has received recognition in Australia and overseas with a number of awards including the Mobius Award in New York.

Doug Gartmann
Treasurer

Doug Hartmann is a serial entrepreneur with an obsessive passion for making an impact in turning negative challenges into positive business outcomes that produce positive change in individuals, communities and the environment. A tactical relationship builder, Doug is hard-wired to see big picture possibilities and mutual benefit bringing together the right people at the right time. He lives and breaths ideas, change and how to strategically use resources.

Doug is passionate about creating a world that makes the most of every resource applying entrepreneurial thinking and lean methodology to achieve more with less over a 25 year professional journey including co-working, sharing economy and social enterprise. Currently Doug is CEO of Organic Bio-Power, Founder Blank Canvas Co-working and Vice President of Brunswick Tool Library.

Christine Ritter
Committee Member

Violet Browne

Vice President.

Christine Ritter
Committee Member

Kate Drinnan

Christine Ritter
Committee Member

Adrian Spurr

Christine Ritter
Committee Member

Victor Holder

 

Past Committee Members

Christine Ritter
Committee Member

Pietro (Colonel) Iodice Former President

Christine Ritter
Committee Member

Christine Ritter has a strong passion for community arts and cultural development and has been involved in arts management for many years. With a background in Small Business Management, a flair for marketing and an aptitude for finances Christine has worked for a number of NFP Arts organisation. Over the years Christine has participated and performed in a variety of community arts projects and has provided management support to numerous performance and visual arts projects, workshop programs, as well as presenting touring performances. She currently works as Operations Manager at Westside Circus and Finance Administrator at Theatre Works in St Kilda.

Tobias Sherson
Committee Member

Mick Pacholli Former Treasurer

Tobias Sherson
Committee Member

Tobias Sherson’s involvement in the arts started at the tender age of 8 when he was first introduced to the magic of live theatre. He spent his formative years training and working as an actor in London where his love for live performance and sharing of language came to the fore. Since returning to his beloved Australia. Tobias has been involved with setting up two theatre companies one of which was solely created to be a platform for new writers and actors to share their works with a wider audience. People are Tobia’s passion and he is inspired to help people find their voice and share their views on the world through art.

Drasko Boljevic
Committee Member

Drasko Boljevic is an urban artist living in Melbourne, Australia. He began his career in Zagreb at the Academy of Fine Art. Since his arrival in Australia in the early 90’s, he has completed a VCA Fine Arts degree majoring in Sculpture (1997), a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts (painting) in 2011 and a Masters in Contemporary Art (2012) and he has been dedicated to exploring different techniques in his endeavour to produce exciting and vibrant works.

Drasko’s artistic involvement expanded to the co-ownership of Azibi Gallery, St Kilda, an art space for non-established artist (1997-2001). His aspirations also have seen his work extended to theatre, as set designer and props and puppet maker for several theatre companies, including the Institute of Pataphysical Studies, More than Opera, and Malthouse Theatre.