Committee of Management

Heather Horrocks 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

Lindsay Bingham Vice President

Lindsay has always had an interest in all forms of art. Growing up with parents who collected artworks, Lindsay was educated in Melbourne. Gaining a degree in Horticulture & completing courses in Interior Design & Floristry. Moving to Ballarat over 35 years ago, Lindsay was involved with both the Ballarat Light Opera Company & Lyric Theatre productions as a dancer and a very average singer. Lindsay is both a patron of the arts & a philanthropist – having a very eclectic & impressive collection of artworks. Lindsay likes to support the Ballarat Arts Community. Being a member of the BAA committee is one way of achieving this aim.

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 Gay Ballarat Arts Alive 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

Peter Sparkman BAA

A locally born and bred Creative Ballaratian (pronounced ‘Balla-ra-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.

Liz Kelly Ordinary Member

Liz Kelly has long been a supporter of the Arts and artists. She was a founding member of Scribble Inc. and wishes she could still write poetry to this day. During a year-long travelling period in South America, Liz found an outlet for her creativity (and survival) through making and selling jewellery on the street. Liz returned home to Dean, after five years abroad to get married and have kids. Liz has discovered a passion for creating through food. She uses the excess produce from her bountiful garden to make pickles and chutneys, following in her Grandmother’s footsteps. Liz spent 10 years on the Committee at the Dean Hall and Mechanics Institute, First as President, then as Secretary. During this time we were able to totally refurbish the Hall, through applying for grants, and overseeing projects. Liz has learnt much about being involved in a community and hopes that she can be an important, positive contributor to the BAA committee.

Dave Knowles Ordinary Member

Dave’s story to come…