Arts and Culture Advisory Group

The District Council of Yankalilla Arts and Culture Advisory Group

At the start of 2018 we received nominations from community members with relevant experience in the arts and culture industries, or related industries to serve on our new Arts and Culture Advisory group.

Click to view the Groups Statement of Purpose which was endorsed by Council at its meeting in December 2018 (C18229) - Arts and Culture Statement of Purpose(116 kb)

Click to view the Groups Terms of Reference which was endorsed by Council at its meeting in December 2019 (C19260) - Arts and Culture Terms of Reference(143 kb)

The following Elected Member is part of this group.

Cr. Davina Quirke

Councillor Davina Quirke was appointed to the position of Elected Member Representative commencing 1 January 2020.


Check out the information and be sure to send in your expression of interest by 5pm Friday 14 February 2020!

Advisory Poster(1757 kb)

Nomination Form(90 kb)

Current members of the Group are:

Barb Pettigrew

Barb graduated from SA School of Art and Western Teachers College in 1970 with BA in Secondary Arts teaching. She has been an arts educator in both metropolitan and country secondary Schools, teaching art, drama, design and multi arts for 40 years. In 2003 Barb received Education and Arts Ministers Award for Excellence in Arts Teaching. Barb has also been employed by Country Arts SA as Project Officer in 1995 and Arts Officer in 1996, based in the Riverland/Mallee Region.

As a practising artist, Barbara has held many solo exhibitions, created sets for various theatre companies, was commissioned to create large public projects by SA Tourism and Adelaide City Council and has completed a number of private commissions for both Australian and overseas clients.

In 2012 Barbara retired but she has continued teaching privately, ‘Art as Therapy’ to retired members of the Fleurieu community. She has been a Volunteer and exhibitor for the McLaren Vale Food and Wine Art Prize, a volunteer for Festival Fleurieu as a member of the Board and the Planning Committee. Barb is a passionate artist and continues to work on future solo exhibitions for SALA and Festival Fringe.

Anne Petch

Anne Petch is an experienced community economic development practitioner.

Her field of expertise includes developing;

  • Business cases for funding propositions,
  • Project Briefs,
  • Funding applications,
  • Community organisation strategic management plans,
  • Sourcing external funding training programs (local government, not for profit and community) and
  • Community consultation and relationship mapping and management.

Over the past decade, Anne has provided her services to The Adelaide City Council, City of Holdfast Bay, City of Marion, City of Onkaparinga, Town of Victoria Park WA, Cocos Keeling and Christmas Islands, Adelaide Hills Council, Adelaide Plains Council and DC Yankalilla. Anne has presented at State Conferences in WA, SA and NSW including the International Economic Development Conference, in Toronto Canada, September 2017 Town Hall Session: Economic Development Populations under 25,000. With a strong interest in Regional SA and a love of the arts, Anne is committed to building capacity and sustainability at the community level and enriching the lives of rural residents through participation in the arts. Anne is a Fellow 2002, SA Governors Leadership Foundation, Mentor for Business SA SAYES Program and former Trustee Country Arts SA/ Chair Riverland SA Country Arts Board and former Trustee Business Vision SA 2010.  She established her company, Funding Partnerships Australia Pty ltd in 2007.

Jillian Langford

Jillian Langford has enjoyed a variety of careers throughout her working life – which included working as TAA Hostess in the early 70’s and running her own videogames business from 2002 until 2007.  She has also had extensive experience working in the corporate world. Much of her working life was spent in Melbourne until she returned to Adelaide in 2007.

In 2010 Jill relocated to Yankalilla and continued a role at a community centre owned by the City of Unley until 2013. Jill resumed her music studies on her return to Adelaide and in 2013, was accepted to study jazz piano at the Adelaide Conservatorium.  Jill completed and graduated with Cert III diploma in jazz piano.

In 2014, Jill was invited to coordinate the 2015 Festival Fleurieu, at the time of the name change and rebranding of the Festival from the former Leafy Sea Dragon Festival.   This was an exciting opportunity for Jill – in her late teens she had worked at the 1972 Festival of Arts, which had instilled in her a love of all things artistic, most especially music.

A highly creative volunteer team with Jill as Coordinator went on to win Best Community Event of the year, both state wide and locally for the 2015 Festival Fleurieu as well as a bronze tourism award. Jill was then invited to coordinate the 2017 Festival Fleurieu and the same team came on board to create another outstanding Festival.

Jill now continues her music studies and also teaches music to young children in the area as well as several mature students. She has been an art collector since her early 20’s and loves gardening. She plays keys in a swing band called Tunisian Nights Little Big Band backing vocalist Dennis Russell which has just completed a sold out season at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. Jill believes that she can contribute to the arts and advisory committee with a wide variety of contacts throughout the arts world and a huge amount of enthusiasm and love for this region

Judith Sweetman

Judith is an Artist and Art Educator with over 30 year's experience in a variety of sites and circumstances. She has worked in Country High Schools, City Primary Schools, Warriapendi Indigenous School, and Gilles St Primary where she worked with New Arrivals. Currently Judith works at the Art Gallery of South Australia, as a Workshop facilitator for the Gallery’s Education Program, and for various programs run by the Art Gallery’s Public Programs team. She has been doing this for the past 9 years, with Relief Teaching in the local area, in between. When Judith is not working she continues her  journey as an Artist inspired by the incredible beauty of the Fleurieu. Oils are her preferred medium, but she also enjoys hand building with Clay.Judith loves the way Art can inspire others, teaches us to see and notice the world around us, and brings people together.

Ian McGrath

Ian McGrath commenced his third career as sculptor and playwright in 2006, following ten years in the R.A.N. and thirty-five years in Theatre as actor/technician, lighting designer and educator/academic (NIDA 3 years, Uni of Wollongong 15 years) with both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Creative Arts and three lighting texts published.

Retiring to the Fleurieu Peninsula he determined to address those ‘dreams’ a fulsome career had not previously allowed time for:

  • Sculpting in wood and recycled materials, particularly discarded roofing screws
  • Dog ownership.   [You’ll meet Pat-the-Dog!!]
  • Playwriting.

Only through this joint engagement of both head and body did he find it possible to create the balance necessary to encourage his creativity in the same way theatre had. In Ian’s play “Terminal Velocity” a character argues, “We might do more than conserve: repair and reuse, recycle, rejuvenate till every last goodness is wrung from an item and its potential truly exhausted”, realising eventually that those same sentiments might apply to his own life.   That statement also sums up why Ian chooses only discarded materials to create his artworks: timber salvaged from local trees or rescued from wood heaps, steel damaged in a local fire donated by his neighbours and from the local rubbish dump.   Travellers down Inman Valley Road often stop to view the latest addition to the road-side gallery that Ian maintains on the verge outside the Old School House or the Fleurieu West Business Assn. Arts Pole commissioned from Ian and installed outside the Inman Valley Memorial Hall.

Recent significant achievements:

  • Yankalilla, Rapid Bay and Myponga Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show, October 2016  + 2017
  • First Prize – Handcraft item + Recycled materials
  • Best-of-Show – Handcrafted item.

Ian has recently returned from another three weeks teaching in Vietnam at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema…………. hence the assortment of sculptures influenced by Viet culture you will see.   This visit marked 20yrs. (on-&-off) of such teaching.

Kerstin Von Shearing

Kerstin von Shearing has always enjoyed creativity and performing since she was a child, which has led her to lead a very colourful life in various industries, to support her passions. She thoroughly enjoyed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and English (Creative Writing stream) back in 2000 and went on to travel around the world and even have an article published in the Irish Independent Newspaper.

After further studies and graduating from a Graduate Diploma in Experiential Creative Arts Therapy and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, Kerstin fine-tuned her skills and passions to begin a business in Arts Therapy, called Creative Gems.

Kerstin feels it is her calling to bring joy and depth into peoples lives, regardless of age or art experience and for people to have "aha" moments that rekindle their own deep self-connection with their body mind and soul through all the arts.

Her background in the Arts, has moved from amateur theatre and student short films, co-op children's theatre and voice over work, to performing arts teaching, and facilitating workshops using Arts Therapy techniques and InterPlay principles.

She is very excited to be a part of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee for Yankalilla District. And feels honoured to be involved, considering she is a "newbie" to the area.

Peter Fitzgerald

Information to come ... watch this space

Kate Furler

Kate Furler is a local business owner and chef with a passion for photography and textiles and producing artwork for her fine arts brand ‘Tari Fae Art and Design’.

Raised locally and spending some time in Adelaide where she studied textiles and art while gaining her trade qualifications as a chef. She has recently returned to the Fleurieu to open her own business and continued to study design and photography. She is inspired by texture, colour and enjoys creating pieces that showcase nature, and rustic rural features.

Over the last 6 years she has been involved in the festival and events management for the local and surrounding area through her role both as business owner and on the Inman Valley Community Committee.

Over the years Kate has completed studies that have resulted in:

  • Cert 3 in Visual Arts and Textiles
  • Cert 4 in Graphic Design
  • Cert 4 in Marketing and Communications
  • And Most recently work on a Cert 4 in Photography

Kate likes to constantly push herself ever so slightly outside her creative comfort zone, and above all continue to experiment and play.