How do we revitalise our local arts industry? Join the live conversation with our community panel.

As part of the Ideas and Conversations series, Arts Bundaberg presents ‘Community response’ – This panel will spark community conversations to reflect on the previous three webinars and how we can apply it to our local arts community. This event will be streamed live from the Childers Arts Space.

The panellists will represent a perspective from their field of art and are encouraged to relate the discussion back to what is relevant for the Bundaberg Arts Community. The webinars will be recorded and available on

Ideas and Conversations section is to create online forums, bringing in guest speakers from around the country as well as focusing on guest speakers from our local arts community. The focus of this part of the program would be on the artist’s and the arts sector’s role in community recovery.

Meet your Community Panel

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Jess is a passionate Visual Arts and Film, Television and New Media teacher. She has been Head of The Arts Department at Kepnock State High School for almost 12 years and an Arts Educator for 18 years. Creativity, community collaboration and student engagement are key principles of Jess’s educational philosophy.

In 2019, she was nominated for the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards and was shortlisted for engaging parents, carers and the community with an Arts education.

Jess is an active member of Arts networks, professional teaching associations and an advocator for the importance of an Arts education.

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Trudie Leigo is an independent curator and arts consultant who has worked in the arts industry for over 18 years. During her career she has worked in commercial, not for profit and public galleries in Sydney and Bundaberg.

She has successfully run her own creative business as a freelancer for the past 5 years. Trudie holds an MA in Museum Studies and a BA in Art History & Theory and Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney.

Trudie is passionate about regional arts practice and helping artists and arts workers to build their careers. Trudie also works part time for the Regional Arts Services Network as the project officer for the Wide Bay Burnett. 

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Phil Oakley wears many hats.  He got dragged into the artworld some 15 years ago when his artist wife Marlies decided to go to the National Art School in Sydney.

His first hat is as President of the newly created $10,000 Bundaberg Art Prize, which is looking towards its second year at the end of 2020.

The second hat is as owner of an Art Supplies shop in Bundaberg servicing artists of all ages, genres, and talents.

The third, and worst fitting hat is as a part time street artist.


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