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Meet Our Team

Phillip Saunders- Interim CEO

Phillip Saunders is a Bunganditj, Gunditjmara, Narungga man. Phillip has worked as a Barrister and Solicitor, Consultant, over many years. His focus has been on improving justice and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a former lawyer and on various consultancy projects.

Julia Tymukas- General Manager

Julia has over thirty year’s extensive arts leadership and management experience working in the cultural sector in the United Kingdom and Australia. This has included establishing and developing the Basingstoke Festival, a three-week ongoing annual arts festival and leading and managing Emergency Exit Arts, a leading UK outdoor and participatory arts organisation.  Prior to that Julia has led South Australian arts organisations such as Community Arts Network Port Community Arts Centre, Port Youth Theatre Workshop, Red Shed Theatre Company, and Junction Theatre Company. She is passionate about the role and value of the arts in building identity and bringing communities together to celebrate, learn, share and take pride in their achievements. 

Emma Zakarevicius- Executive Officer

Emma Zakarevicius is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist and arts administrator who recently returned from living and working in New York City where she completed a Master of Arts at the New School and a Master of Fine Arts at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. After completing her studies Emma undertook the role of Studio Manager for award winning New York design firm Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios renowned for its multi-platform design projects with a focus on social justice, human rights, photojournalism, and art. Prior to moving to New York, Emma was active in the Adelaide arts sector and worked in numerous roles for organisations including the Come Out Festival (now Dream Big), Carclew Youth Arts in association with the Adelaide Festival of Arts (The Graffiti Research Lab) and the ASSIEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Young People. Emma is passionate about the importance of art as a vehicle for self-expression and believes that art education, particularly for children and young people, is essential to building vibrant, diverse communities.

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