Our social enterprise is run & operated by peoples & families with disabilities (DPO/DFO), seeking to change the lives of artists with disability & mental health conditions by showcasing quality artwork to wider audiences, validating & growing their credibility as professional artists.
CA, FGIA, FCG, ICSA, Dip.App.Corp.Gov, BComm
FOUNDER | EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jessica has extensive experience in leadership roles, successfully managing teams in highly competitive corporate sectors. She is also an awarded scholar artist, working across a range of visual art forms & mediums. Combining her passions as an advocate & professional contemporary artist, Jessica has set out to champion the rights of people living with disability.
Having silently lived with major depression & early-onset chronic dysthymia since early childhood, the loss of family members & friends evoked her passionate desire to speak up as an advocate for people with mental health conditions.
Jessica also brings a unique skill set with over a decade of commercial experience as a Chartered Accountant & a Fellow of both the Governance Institute & the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, she has held numerous board & key executive roles in the business & cultural sectors.
MBA, BSC (Hons), AICD, FGIA, FCIS, ICSA, Dip.App.Corp.Gov, Mod Lang
Chair | Ministerial Director
Kane Blackman is the father of a son with the rare disease, Angelman Syndrome. His passion is increasing the independence of people with disabilities.
Kane also holds various board & advisory roles in the health, disability & community sectors, including Deputy Chair of Rare Voices Australia, Non-Executive Director of Therapy Focus & Advisor to two WA Ministerial Councils: Precision Health; & Disability. Kane's professional background is as a senior executive in public relations, governance, risk & communications within the financial services sector & is also a Senior Executive at the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability, a WA State Council member of the Governance Institute & a lecturer of Corporate Governance.
Social Media & Communications Assistant
Kyra is a proud Indigenous Australian from the Nyoongar & Yamatji tribe who identifies as a gender-fluid lesbian in the LGBT community.
Having lived experience of psychosocial disability & communications disability, Kyra's involvement within the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) & its Indigenous program unveiled Kyra's passion in using the power of arts as a constructive means to communicate without words in the disability sector.
Chief Technical & Communications Officer
Mike is a qualified Information Communication & Technology technician with over a decade of professional experience in the industry, specialising in brainstorming & implementing solutions for unconventional & often unique technical challenges.
Through overcoming the social hurdles placed in living with high functioning autism, Michael has grown a passion for supporting results-oriented approaches toward disability advocacy & is a strong believer in the strengths offered by diverse ranges of thinking & mental architectures.
With qualifications in Electrotechnology & Machine Learning, Michael is excited to apply the knowledge & experience gained over his career toward developing communication & accessibility solutions for the disability community.
BVA, Dip.FA, Ass.Dip.LibSt, Dip.Th
Artist In Residence | Project Manager
Susan is a professional visual artist & mother of four, including three adopted children & a man with Downs Syndrome who has lived under her care for the last 22 years. Providing leadership as a carer & art teacher with the Disability Service Commission for over 20+ years, Sue has accumulated extensive experience caring for people with disabilities & mental health conditions including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Battens Disease, & William Syndrome.
Born with a learning disability, Susan embraced the challenges in both her personal & professional life & holds, among other qualifications, a BVA in Fine Arts at Edith Cowan University. Her work has been exhibited prestigiously throughout Australia, notably including ongoing representation in Saracen Estates winery labels. Her professional artistic career has been driven by the belief that painting can be used as a conscious tool for social change.
Lead Graphic Designer
Christian Jones has been employed as a professional graphic designer, photographer, and motion graphic editor for over 25 years. His career has included working for organisations such as Screenwest and Channel 9 News.
Despite being told by peers & teachers that he would have no future in design due to his visual impairment, Christian never allowed this to impede his creative outlet or accept special treatment. He continued to pursue his passion and has been met with professional success throughout his career.
Disability Support Advisor
Shae Baxter is a passionately skilled education support teacher with over 20 years' experience. Shae takes pride in changing policies & securing revenue to improve the lives of our artists and people with disabilities. Shae is also interested in the Arts & teaches students conflict resolution through drama. Shae is a proud supporter of the arts & offers insight into the needs of artists with disability.
Shae is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Dianella precinct; Secondary College Education Support Centres & teaches/consults in Protective Behaviours. In recent years, coordinating 18 education support schools in the north metro region of Perth. Working as the executive officer for the Education Support North Network, Shae has forged partnerships between schools, principals & the wider community ensuring the best opportunities for students with disability.