Emerging Cultural Leaders 2014

Our Emerging Cultural Leaders (ECL) program is a five-month skills development and mentoring program for emerging artists and cultural facilitators from Melbourne’s west. Past graduates have gone on to forge their own careers in community cultural development as artists and producers. Meet the 2014 participants!

Joseph Chetty

Joseph Chetty is a Fiji born multidisciplinary artist living in Melbourne, where singing and songwriting and theatrical performance feature strongly in his practice.

Lima Peni

Lima LISTIC Peni is a Music Producer, MC & Hip-Hop artist based in South Sydney.

Bundit Puangthong

Bundit Puangthong is a contemporary Thai artist based in Melbourne.

Marion Fallah

Marion Fallah was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa and migrated to Australia in 2004.

Mayssam Latif

In 2012 Mayssam graduated from RMIT University with a Masters of Art.

Azlan Petra

Azlan Petra is an emerging cultural facilitator; community support worker and an advocate for anti-racism and human rights.

Ana Rita Pires

Ana Rita has lived her life between Portugal and Australia.

Rosie Kilvert

Rosie Kilvert is a practicing visual artist with a preferred medium of paint, she is currently working on a community project ‘Footscray Animated Wall Mural’ as a co-designer and painter.

Sajeewa Gayan Amaraseela, Anthigngna Marakkala (A.K.A Saj)

Sajeewa was born in Sri Lanka and has had a great passion for music since he was a child, learning music and keyboards from 5 years old.

Michelle Graham

Michelle currently works with school communities supporting young people to explore educational opportunities available a er secondary school.

Suzanne Nguyen

Suzanne Nguyen (based in Western Sydney) is a story collector and artist; she founded The Two Chairs, an online platform that cultivates an open creative conversation to openly discuss race and racism.

Ignacio Rojas

Ignacio is a PhD student, studying History and Visual Arts, as well as a painting and drawing teacher.

Celine Yap

A folk musician and activist, Celine writes and performs in support for social and environmental justice.

Gabriela Georges

For Gabriela, being able to express her emotions and life experiences through her music and poetry has been therapeutic.

Lina Paselli

Lina is involved with other 70 cultural and linguistic diverse communities in Darwin and engages with them through the distribution of Aged Care information.