Team BOAA is growing with some fabulous people.


Julie Collins
Managing Director/Artistic Director

Julie is the driving force behind BOAA ART 2018. Julie is best described as a sculptor who just wants to see good things happen. She has curated over 60 exhibitions including 3 editions of the tremendously successful Lorne Sculpture Biennale.  With the 2016 Biennale receiving 70,000 visitors and contributing an additional $5 million to the local economy. Julie has been; an art educator at Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT, founder and Chair of the Contemporary Sculptors Association and the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Melbourne. Between 2001- 2007 she owned and managed Monties Bar and Via Monties, fine dining restaurant in Fitzroy and has been on numerous advisory boards. A regional Victorian local, Julie was the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Ballarat between 2011 and 2016, bringing to Ballarat innovative projects such as ContainART, Unicorn Lane Gallery and the commissioning of 10 new permanent public artworks. 

With her husband Derek John, Julie runs djprojects, offering a range of art related services from curation, art industry master planning, public art consultancy, arts management, structural steel and sculptural fabrication. Between 2015-2017 djprojects developed ‘& gallery’ which specialised in sculptural practice in Melbourne CBD.  As sculptors Derek and Julie have been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 30 years and are part of numerous collections.

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Derek John
Task Force Director

Born and raised in Ballarat, a fifth generation local who grew up part of the Ballarat John Valves Foundry business, Derek is the reason BOAA ART 2018 is being presented in Ballarat.  A steel fabricator by trade Derek is the ultimate problem solver and will make the magic happen for BOAA. His business with Julie is djprojects which offers a range of art related services, including public art fabrication and a specialist in architectural structural work.


Ellie Collins
Task Master

Ellie has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Metal Work and Jewellery from Monash University.  Since completing this degree her practice has translated into resin working and silicone mould making, in which she also teaches weekend workshops.  Between 2015-2017, Ellie managed '& gallery' for djprojects and as a result decided to formalise her qualifications; she is currently undertaking her Masters of Arts Management at RMIT University as well as interning at the RMIT Gallery.


Catherine Gomersall
Sales and Sponsorship Whisperer

Catherine is an art lover and an artist with extensive experience in Australia and internationally.  Catherine joined the BOAA team in 2017 to establish support partnerships and sponsorships, and she manages the art sales for BOAA. She is also a selected BOAA artist, presenting a solo exhibition at The Lost Ones. 

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Sarah Masters
The Achiever




Sherry Rich
BOAA Music Coordinator

Sherry Rich joins the BOAA team with over 20 years of experience working across several arts platforms -  music performance, songwriting and visual art.
Sherry’s extensive career ranges from starting the garage band Girl Monstar and playing with The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Buzzcocks and The Divinyls in th 1980s to recording her latest album with US band Wilco to her ‘kindie rock’ band The Mudcakes.


Kim Percy & Morgan Williams
The Messengers

Kim & Morgan are spreading the BOAA ART 2018 message far and wide through design and communication. With 25 years under their belt and their design agency, designscope  backing them up, they have BOAA ART 2018 covered!


Gravin Draper
Pit Stop Maestro

Gavin Draper is a French Trained chef from near Newcastle, North east England. Gavin has worked internationally in five star hotels including the Queen Elizabeth 11 cruise ship.
He has created and delivered resources for training organisations including  Le Cordon Bleu,Victoria, as the lead trainer and for the William Angliss Institute.

Gavin has owned and operated Repertoire Catering since 2000 with boutique catering and more recently focusing solely on gluten free food.  Since having a car accident in 2014 and breaking 8 ribs Gavin has focused his knowledge and experience into his new books Omg Gluten Free Gourmet, and Omg Plant-Based Gluten Free Gourmet. A dad with a beautiful daughter he has an awesome cook book collection, a penchant for David Bowie and still secretly wants to be a stuntman....


Board of Directors


Jennifer Ganske

Jennifer is Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working within the Visitor Economy and creative program development industry.  Jennifer has been the Director of Marketing at Australia’s foremost outdoor museum Sovereign Hill since 2016.

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David Miller
Deputy Chair

David is a Ballarat-based consultant in project development and management. David was employed as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria. Prior to this he worked for 10 years for the City of Ballarat, initially as Director of Economic Development, then subsequently as General Manager, City and Cultural Development.  He is also a member of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Association, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Ballarat Arts Foundation.

Karen Golden

Karen is the Spa and Wellness Manager of Belgravia Leisure.  With a well-developed sense and ability for maximizing the potential of a business, integrating wellness, spa and developing profitable revenue streams, her success is supported by her experience in multinational companies offering destination spa, wellness and body sustainability. A personal commitment to Wellness has seen Karen accept the role of Australian Ambassador – Global Wellness Day (


Mark Karlovic

Mark Karlovic is a lawyer and has held senior Human Resource roles with both Australian and International companies over the past sixteen years. His current role is the Head of People, Performance and Legal at the Sovereign Hill Museums Association. Mark has lived in Ballarat for 17 years and has held a number of Board roles including as Chair or President in organisations such as the Ballarat Community Health Centre, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, Ballarat YMCA and Ballarat Child and Family Services.

Shane Bicknell

Shane founded the firm, Bicknell Accounting in 1998.

Having held various positions on committees over the years, Shane currently holds positions on the City of Ballarat Audit Committee, the Ballarat Health Services Foundation and is President of Ballarat Little Athletics. He is also a member of the Ballarat Aero Club and in his spare time enjoys flying, bushwalking, travel and spending time with his family.

James Harley

James has been involved in the cultural sector since the 1980s working at Gertrude Street Artist Spaces and the Luba Bilu Gallery. He was co-Director of one of the first digital media arts organisations in Australia and later moved to Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria) to work as Visual Arts Program Manager and Senior Project Manager of the Digital Media Program. Following the completion of a PhD in collaborative project management, James established an innovative consultancy practice managing strategic initiatives for the not for profit, academic and cultural sectors. James continues to publish widely in relation to his research interests and is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University.


Julie Collins and Derek John are also members of the board.