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Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee


The City of Kingston's Arts and Cultural Committee (ACAC) is made up of community members with broad experience and/or expertise in the arts and cultural sector and City of Kingston councillors. The Committee provides a formal mechanism for Council to consult with key stakeholders, seek specialist advice and enable community participation in arts and cultural planning and development.

The key role of the Committee is to:

  • Provide advice and assist with the development of Council’s Arts and Cultural Strategy;
  • Provide feedback on relevant Council policies and strategies;
  • Make recommendations to Council on its Arts Grants Program;
  • Facilitate formal and informal communication and consultation processes with local arts and cultural industries, practitioners, organisations and residents;
  • Provides high-level advice to Council and Council Officers on matters relating to Public Art in the City of Kingston.

Current ACAC members

Barbara Cohen

Barbara Cohen has worked as the Patrons Programme Co-ordinator for the Australian Ballet. At the Australian Ballet, Barbara oversaw the "First Impressions" programme which organised educational ballet programmes for the disadvantaged, intellectually challenged, hearing and visual impaired, seriously ill young people in the community as well as indigenous children in Darwin.

Barbara’s interests include classical music, theatre and art.

Dr Damien Williams

For as long as Dr Damien Williams can remember the arts has been an important part of his life. They have introduced him to new ways of seeing, looking and understanding the world around him. As a historian, the visual arts help Damien to make sense of how people in the past saw their surroundings. When lecturing students on Australian history, politics and culture, Damien finds that focusing on the arts is a great way to help them understand how Australians have imagined the nation over time.

The combination of people, places and landscapes here make Kingston a truly special place. During his time on this committee, Damien's focus is on encouraging artists and residents to look afresh at Kingston's heritage and to be bold in their interpretation of it.

Damien has a Bachelor of Arts and PhD from Melbourne University and is currently a lecturer at the Monash University Arts Faculty.

Janis Morgan

Janis Morgan has spent 23 years as a designer/pattern maker for various fashion companies in Melbourne and London as well as being involved in the performing arts as a freelance costume and set designer and stage manager. Her creativity embraces her passion for visual arts as a painter and textile artist. Her valuable professional experience led her to teaching product development, design and pattern making at at RMIT.

At the beginning of 2005, during a period living in the Middle East, Janis pursued her creativity becoming involved with The Dubai Drama Group in the areas of costume, set design and production. Janis also developed Art Projects for Wellington International School which were embraced by the staff, students and school community.

In 2009, Janis returned to Australia and is currently studying a Masters of Art Management, where she has written research papers on the arts, wellness and fashion as well as art and youth culture. She is also studying art therapy.

Janis has worked at Kingston Arts as a volunteer and is presently working at The Social Studio in Brunswick and mentors an environmentally friendly clothing company, 3Fish.

Lisa Webb

Lisa Webb trained in production at NIDA. Since graduating fifteen years ago, Lisa has worked in stage and technical production management in musical theatre and public events in Australia and internationally.

Lisa has had the privilege of being involved in some of the world's largest public events including the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics Games, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2006 Doha Asian Games as well as the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico.

Lisa has worked in stage management on Singin' in the Rain, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia and King Kong the Musical. She has also worked in the technical production department of The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and Love Never Dies.

Having recently made a career change, Lisa sees her participation on the committee as an opportunity to continue her passion for the arts and contribute to her local community.

Cr Tamsin Bearsley

Cr Bearsley is a Councillor for the South Ward of the City of Kingston and former Mayor.


For further information please contact the Arts and Cultural Services Acting Team Leader, Justin Gayner, at

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