Chairperson- Symantha Parr
Sym is a refugee from the Eastern States, thoroughly enjoying living in a regional city south of the most isolated Capital in the world. In Albany, Sym gets to immerse herself in country life, whilst performing, teaching, creating and being involved in dance.
Sym has choreographed her own projects for Brave New Works, Denmark for several years. She created a community dance project, impressions on the paper, ghost through my faded mind, in Albany for Future Landings in 2011.
Vice Chairperson- Serena McLauchlan
Serena McLauchlan graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2000 after completing a BA Visual Arts Honours degree.
Her first solo exhibition ‘Monochrome’ was held at Art House Gallery Northbridge in 2001 followed by exhibitions at The Church Gallery, ‘The White Show’, Turner Galleries, ‘Ink + Air’ and inclusion in invitational awards; Bank West Art Prize, Sir Charles Gairdner Art Prize and Joondalup Art Award.
The last seven years has seen her working from Albany, exhibiting in PIAF Great Southern Visual Arts program including curating ‘Light-house’ and winning the Great Southern Art Award for painting in 2014.
Serena designs and delivers interactive children’s art spaces, art projects and works with at risk youth on public art projects recently winning the ‘action on alcohol’ award from Curtin University.
Secretary – Michael O’Doherty
Michael’s art work is represented in private and public collections, with excellent reviews published in the West Australian, Australian, Bulletin and the Courier Mail. He has won various prizes for painting and sculpture. He orchestrated a national touring art show “The Monaro Show”, with over ten thousand Holden Monaro’s being made across the nation by good citizens such as the Prime Minister and people on remote Aboriginal communities.
He currently lives in Albany where he is involved with various community art projects, painting, writing, sculpture and music. He also has a history busking around Australia, Europe and playing music during the tourist season on Rhodes Island Greece.
He initiated and organised Sculpture in the Harbour (Albany) with NewArts Inc as well as other community sculpture shows in Albany such as the Albany Dog Show and the Albany Boat Show.
Board Member- Cathy Glen
Cathy is a tourism lecturer at South Regional TAFE with a long history working in the tourism and events areas. To keep current within industry Cathy continues to work at Nannup Music Festival and Fairbridge Festival each year.
Over the years Cathy has worked at many festivals and events in a variety of roles including Relay for Life, Southbound, West Coast Blues and Roots, Discovery Bay Spring Festival, Anzac Commemorations, Skal International Albany.
Cathy has admired and supported SEA for the rich experience and confidence it gives children and young adults, encountered when her own children attended and performed with SEA. They are now in their mid-twenties but they continue to benefit from lifelong relationships made from initially meeting at SEA.
Board Member- Stuart Mynott
After escaping the smallness of Northam and surviving the largeness of Perth I threw my swag on the bus and headed down south, to the ‘just rightness’ of ozz with vague plans to write a book. Upon arrival it was as if Albany had expected me and had made all the arrangements.
With learning difficulties from school still not addressed I re-visited education via Tafe. Fate then walked me through the doors of KZ speech (a speech therapy clinic in town) where I found my passion and joy, working with children with additional needs. I then stayed on at Tafe and completed my cert 3 in education support. And now, my children’s book, is on the way too.