Committee of Management

Lindsay Bingham President

Lindsay became President of BAA in October 2020. He is an art collector/Patron of the Arts and a supporter of all mediums of art – music, painting, sculpture, design, theatre, etc. He is aiming, along with BAA, to promote and encourage a supportive environment for all artists in this region and beyond.

Heather Horrocks Vice President

Heather Horrocks is a writer, activist & card-carrying Senior Cit. who didn’t have time for an arts practice until almost too late. On retiring, she founded an artist-run gallery & studio space, held a few board appointments and ran a writing consultancy. Her arts practice is shaped by her skills: drawing, nanna-technology, making, collecting & hoarding. She prefers to recycle & repurpose materials. Crocheting with videotape is her current obsession. Her paste-up glue is legendary.
Heather believes art to be the great non-violent protest and that ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’.
Heather was involved in the Footscray arts community for 20 years and is a life member of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC). She’s now back in Ballarat and recently received a Ballarat Arts Foundation fellowship. HH is one half of the Pikelettes with Marg Dobson, a duo who, referencing all things Ballarat, sport Eureka flag aprons and perform wherever there’s an audience. *Image Credit: Yum Studio 2019

Christine Crawshaw Secretary

Christine Crawshaw Ballarat Arts Alive Secretary

Christine is a fabulous Artist, Art Fashion Designer, Foodie / Food Artist,  Costume Designer and was the Living Sculpture Fashion Parade Director for B.O.A.A. Christine also volunteers at the Ballarat Light Opera Wardrobe, which of course, for a costumier is absolute heaven! Christine is a local who has been a part of the visual art and (has been an extremely dedicated part of the) music scene for several decades. She launches herself into whatever new project is happening in town with much fabulousness and style. When she makes an decorates one of her cakes, it’s not cake, it’s ART!

Tim Gay Treasurer

Tim joined Crowe Horwath in 1989 while completing his degree at Ballarat University (or BCAE as it was back then). Tim has over 24 years of experience in accounting services and specialises in business and taxation services providing advice in taxation, tax planning, business structuring, Capital Gains Tax, GST, and Fringe Benefits Tax. Professional background: Deputy chairman of Her Majesty’s Theatre, served on various local committees and boards including Ballarat District Scout Association, Sunways Retirement Home, BLOC Music Theatre and the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra. Member of several local theatre companies. Ballarat born and bred Tim is married with four children – all of whom are active in the arts. He met his wife in the prop bay of Her Maj – and considers the theatre his second home. You’ll see him onstage in November in BLOC’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” featuring along-side his youngest son.

Janette Wotherspoon Ordinary member / Membership Officer

A career in fashion and a love of beautiful textiles has allowed Janette to explore creative arts through digital technology, 2D design/visual art, and 3D works. Through the last 18 years of lecturing at RMIT Janette explored the use of Adobe software in a fashion and textiles context teaching digital communication and digital design. As an accredited Adobe educator and Adobe campus leader Janette trained RMIT staff, Degree and Masters students, commercial short-courses and provided customised training to many different Fashion companies across Melbourne and interstate.
She studied visual arts majoring in sculpture and printmaking at CAE, having the priviledge of exploring art under the guidance of many well known Australian artists. This combined with the love of textiles saw her combine with a fellow artist and develop a screen printed textile practice called Printscape studio. Janette has been a lover of creative crafts since, as a little girl, she watched her grandmother’s beautiful crochet work grow. She pestered her mother to learn how to sew on the trusty old treadle machine which is now taking pride of place at her home and still sews beautifully. All of these skills have informed her digital design, photographic art, and printmaking practice. Her current job as a costume maker at Sovereign Hill has enabled Janette to bring in her wealth of experience as a Couture dressmaker and tailoring experience. She has sourced and designed costumes for small theatre productions in the local area.

Peter Sparkman Ordinary Member – Events/Communications

A locally born and bred Creative Ballaratian (pronounced ‘Balla-ray-shun’ thank-you very much); Peter has been a visual artist for 40 years or more and has a BAVA in Drawing/Sculpture with a minor in Printmaking and an ADGD (Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design). Observation and drawing have always been the basis for exploration of any subject over the years and he employs multiple styles, which depend on the medium he’s using and the visual he wishes to achieve. He tends to use both photography (a major interest) and drawing as a means to an end with many of his works. Moving into digital art in the 2,000’s, he now tends to draw mostly in Adobe illustrator, sometimes combining that output with Photoshop. He has moved towards illustrated pop art/comic based images lately and tends to focus on subjects like humour, nature, spirituality, social comment, and fantasy. His works guide the viewer to think laterally, through the inclusion of humour or other stimuli that engage shared memories and associated emotions. This draws them to think, form an opinion and act as a ‘spark’ for further stimulating creative activities. Creativity, local history and communications are of great interest to him, as he enjoys networking information and disseminating it to interested parties in order to help create a better environment and culture around us. He loved designing the layout/collecting the information and visuals for the Arts & Culture Unit of the City of Ballarat’s monthly 60-page ‘ARTeFACT’ Newsletter until the council closed it down in late 2018. He hopes to help make Ballarat a better place by contributing to BAA via his local knowledge and skill base.

Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling Ordinary Member / Creative Small Business Network Group Co-ordinator

Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling (POD), (Dip. Vis. Arts, BA Hons, MTeach), is a Visual Artist, Teacher & Mentor, Arts Consultant, Granny Square Lady, & founding member of BAA.
She has a background in Nursing & Public Health, & decided to follow her life-long dream of pursuing an arts career on her move to Ballarat in 2013.
Pauline completed a Diploma of Visual Arts at Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat) in 2005, & since then has pursued her own studio practice – combining her love of drawing & art, teaching & mentoring.
An active community member, Pauline is one-third of the trio which created “The Arts Program – TAP” at Voice FM. Currently, she is a mentor for the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC).

Megan Anderson Ordinary Member

After completing a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) and working predominantly in the fast-paced world of runway shows, Megan is now repositioning her career to combine a profound interest in history with garment construction.
Since commencing employment with Sovereign Hill in 2015 Megan has discovered her interest sits less within the world of contemporary fashion and more in the historical and artistic realm. Winning the prestigious La Trobe Society Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria in 2019 with her project Extravagance, Tradition & Power: An exploration of Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe’s uniform, Megan intends to pursue historical fashion research.
Taking up study in History and Gender Studies at Deakin University in 2019 to solidify the historical trajectory, Megan incorporates elements of her study in her artistic work. Her art principally involves a research concept explored through the medium of tissue paper with the end result manifesting in garment form.

Diana Coverdale Ordinary Member

Diana is a collage and mixed media artist. She has been exploring and utilising the art of collage personally and professionally with clients over the last 30 years. After so many years of “busyness” and city life, she is now able to centre her focus firmly in her own arts practice and enjoy life in Ballarat.
“A lifelong love of paper, textiles and colour is foundational to all my work and I find collage endlessly fascinating and enjoyable. I love the process of selecting the materials, then assembling them into a piece that has a story to tell. Stories and conversations unfold as I work with various media to create texture and dimension. Text, fabric and thread guide my work, adding meaning and interest.
Inspiration comes from many places: paper, nature, poetry, images, words, a piece of fabric, personal stories, current events and imagination.
I have exhibited successfully in the Linden Postcard Show in 2019/20 and 2020/21 and was also part of The Gatekeeper’s Cottage Exhibition in 2020 curated by Pauline O’Shannessy Dowling”.

Dave Knowles Ordinary Member

Dave’s story to come…