Council is advised on cultural matters by the Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS). The Room To Create Panel is a sub-committee of YAARTS which provides specialist advice as required on matters related to creative infrastructure in the City of Yarra.
Yarra City Council is concerned about infrastructure related issues facing the creative sector; those relate to affordability, security of tenure, fit for purpose and capacity to operate effectively in a city area of increasing density and accompanying challenges of amenity.
Council has established a perpetual fund to support creative infrastructure in the City of Yarra. The Room to Create Fund (‘the Fund’) was established with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in 2014.
The Fund is one way for Council to support a valued sector by specifically assisting to create more affordable spaces. It is hoped this will enable arts and cultural organisations to be more economically viable and give incentives for them to be able to stay within Yarra. It will also strengthen artistic practice in the municipality, assisting in retaining an economic driver within Yarra.
The key role of the Panel is to:
- Advocate for the importance of creative infrastructure in the City;
- Contribute to strategic direction and policies related to the Room to Create Fund;
- Contribute to the development of fundraising strategies for the Fund; and
- Advise on grants made by Council towards creative infrastructure.
Current members of the Room to Create Panel
Yarra Councillors Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei and Mike McEvoy are members of the committee.
Eli Giannini is the Director, MGS Architects (McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd). Over the past 25 years Eli has been responsible for the design direction at MGS and winning numerous industry awards for the practice. She brings to her work tenacity and passion for the craft of design with a special interest in developing architectural typologies into project specific responses often integrating art strategies and fellow artists’ work into her projects. Eli has contributed to the architecture profession as Royal Australian Institute of Architects national Councillor and Chapter President and as chair of the Victorian Chapter Awards Task Force, the honours committee and the 2007 National Conference organising committee. In 2008 she was made a Lifetime Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. She is currently the chair of the Course Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Design at RMIT University and a Member of the Program Advisory Committee for SIAL and the Master of Design Innovation and Technology. In collaboration with Sue Buchanan, Eli has taken part in the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture award and the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture.
Jayne’s career in the arts spans a wide range of media as a practitioner, producer and creative director. After completing a degree in classical music performance, Jayne received her Master of Arts & Entertainment Management. With career expertise in strategic business development and arts programming, her background includes festival direction, marketing and communications, major events management, and corporate and philanthropic fundraising. Jayne has worked across organisations in both the major and small-to-medium sector, with international commercial arts experience. Jayne is currently Development Manager at Malthouse Theatre, and holds positions on the City of Yarra Room to Create Committee, the Pozible Advisory Board, and KAGE Board. In 2015, Jayne was selected to participate in the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Development Program.
Timothy Moore is a director of architecture office SIBLING based in Fitzroy. Timothy has also worked at architecture offices in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Berlin, and as editor for two influential architecture magazines, Volume and Architecture Australia. Timothy’s work has extended beyond architecture and publishing to strategic urban design when working as a project director for Right Angle Studio developing temporary activation strategies for large urban regeneration sites. He currently teaches at the University of Melbourne where he is undertaking a PhD in architecture investigating temporary creative spaces in urban development. In 2014 as part of SIBLING, he was involved in public programs and exhibitions at the Istanbul Design Biennale, Gyeonggi MoMA, Christchurch’s Festival of Transitional Architecture and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
Kat Vane Tempest
Kat Vane Tempest has more than 10 years’ experience within the cultural not-for-profit and government agency sectors, providing high-level expertise in strategic and operational planning, stakeholder management and business devolvement. Kat has worked with some of Australia’s most iconic cultural offers including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Experimenta Media Arts and most recently Multicultural Arts Victoria. Kat is currently under the mentorship of the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia in partnership with McCarthy Mentoring.