Emerging Cultural Leaders 2016

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 2016 participants!


Hannah is a self-described hobbyist and an avid collector of anecdote.

Soma Garner

Soma Garner is currently studying her Masters of Cultural Materials and is an artist, set and costume designer based in Melbourne.

Kei Murakami

Kei Murakami is an overall multi-disciplinary Japanese person, who has always worked with aesthetics that are informed by her cultural heritage.

Fia Hamid-Walker

Fia Hamid-Walker is an emerging Indonesian-Australian artist based in Melbourne.

Olugbade Okunade

Olugbade Okunade, aka GP Saxy, grew up in the afrobeat capital of the world, Lagos, Nigeria.

Alex Tálamo

Alex Tálamo is a director who works across visual, live and media arts.

Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Robertson is an emerging creative professional passionate about nourishing community and the people, pasts and presents that are it.

Kate ten Buuren

Kate ten Buuren is a young Taungurung artist, filmmaker and journalism student, whose driving force is building confidence throughout her community.

Lisa Maza

Lisa Maza (Meriam/Yidindji/Dutch) has twenty years experience working as a professional actor and singer.

Larissa MacFarlane

Larissa MacFarlane is a Footscray based visual artist, working across printmaking, street art and a community art practice.

Fiona Dunne

Fiona Dunne is producer and arts manager from Western Sydney, focused on the development of young and early-career artists across the spectrum of Australian storytelling.

Abdulrahman Hammoud

Abdulrahman Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon, a country that he is still captivated by and connects to.

Salma Osman

Salma Osman is a multidisciplinary artist and designer joining the dots between community, art and culture.

Kat Clarke

Kat Clarke is a multi-talented creative from the Wimmera.

Roshelle Fong

Roshelle Fong is an Australian-Chinese performer, filmmaker and Leap Year baby who experiences life as ‘Play School: The Glitch Opera’.

Adriana Navarro