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Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee


The City of Kingston's Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (ACAC) is made up of community members with broad experience and/or expertise in the arts and cultural sector, as well as 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
  • Provide high-level advice to Council and Council Officers on matters relating to Public Art in the City of Kingston.

members 2021

Jill Page

Jill Page is a trained singer, performer, vocal teacher, director, musical director, drama and music teacher with a long association to the arts and cultural activities across the Cities of Kingston, Greater Dandenong and Bayside. Jill was Chair of Kingston Arts Network as well as the inaugural Chair of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, remaining a member for six years. She currently sits on the Kingston Charitable Trust Assessment Panel, and is the convenor of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Members Conversation Group, planning and facilitating sessions and a monthly speaker’s program. Jill was awarded an Order of Australia medal for ‘Services to the Performing Arts and the Community’ in the 2017 Australia Day Honours. She has lived in Dingley for 37 years.


Joey Santos

Joey is a musician and successful accountant in the City of Kingston. Joey co-founded the Unified Filipino Elderly Association (UFEA Inc) as a way to work with elderly members of the Filipino community as well as the broader community. Joey is also an active member the St Andrews Church Choir and volunteers hundreds of hours to community arts – specifically music, singing and dancing, as a way to unite the broader community both socially and culturally.


Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey has been working as commercial photographer for 20 years. He sees great photography as a primary contemporary form of communication. His practice is a creative medium integral to his identity. Learning and mastering new techniques and ever evolving technologies and staying ahead of trends and styles is key to his commercial and artistic success. Matt brings his insights and understanding of surviving as a competitive small business to the  creative industry scene in Kingston. Matt’s portraits and images earned him a place as finalist and prize-winner in Kingston Arts’ Lens Mist and OptiKA competitions.

Cr Tamsin Bearsley
Tamsin Bearsley was elected to Council in October 2012 and lives in Aspendale Gardens. Tamsin was motivated to join Council to improve community consultation. She has a particular interest in the arts, in supporting community groups and residents’ associations, improving local amenities and strengthening budget controls. In her addition to her municipal duties, Tamsin works as a primary school teacher specialising in robotics. Her school won both the Victorian and National Robocup Championships. Previous roles include IBM (business development, relationship and accounts management) achieving targets that earned her the General Managers Award and author. Tamsin holds Bachelor degrees in teaching and information technology, graduating with high distinctions. Career highlights include: Council supporting the creation of Kingston’s first junior council in conjunction with Chelsea Rotary Club, completing and opening the Inner Harbour Jetty at Patterson Lakes, investing funding in council’s family and children’s services, redeveloping the Chelsea Heights Kindergarten and refurbishing the Rene Anderson Complex.

Cr Cameron Howe
Cameron Howe’s childhood was dominated often on a daily basis by his mother’s concert piano pieces being played for up to five hours. He has an abstract expressionist style encapsulating emotion and storytelling into figures, which has seen him place as a finalist in the Lethbridge Gallery 10,000 and exhibit at the Frankston Arts Centre. Cameron currently writes for Mornington Peninsula Magazine and holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Marketing.

Cr Jenna Davey-Burns 
Renowned for her work across both the Not-for-Profit sector and State government on social justice issues,  she ran for Council to ignite change through active citizenship. As a foster carer and volunteer, she knows firsthand how important our community groups and sporting organisations are. In addition to sitting on Council’s Access & Equity and Arts & Culture committees, she is committed to environmental sustainability and supporting small business across Kingston. A member of the Local Government Gender Equality Advisory Council and Trustee of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, she is a also recipient of a prestigious University of Melbourne Alumni award. 

Cat Hope
Cat Hope is a composer, musician and music academic. She is the artistic director of Decibel new music, an internationally active ensemble with members around Australia, and has also been active as a singer songwriter, improvisor, performance artist and has collaborated with film makers, visual artists and writers. Cat has been an assessment panellist for the Australia Council, Creative Victoria and the Australian Research Council, and is the chair of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA). A Churchill and Civitella Ranieri Fellow, she has curated music programs for a range of venues around Australia, and has served on a range of arts organisation boards.






For further information please contact the Acting Arts and Cultural Services Team Leader, Erin McMahon, at