executive committee

Julia Zivanovic - President

Julia’s childhood enjoyment of learning a wide range of art techniques at a community art centre fuels her passion for Mission Arts and ensuring it continues for many years.  She has extensive experience in planning and organising exhibitions, events and conferences. Her favourite was ‘Treasures of the Kremlin’ held in Perth. She will never forget the exquisite beauty of the Faberge eggs.

 At board level Julia served on the Australian Market Research Society's WA State Committee for about 8 years and a year on National Council as Company Secretary. During her time with AMSRS she worked with the other Board members to improve governance systems, policies and procedures. She has also served on many not for profit committees throughout the years, including those in the arts and dog rescue. 

In an executive capacity she had responsibility for strategy planning and implementation, management of several departments, marketing and financial management. Companies she has worked for include Citibank, Colonial First State, Coles, and Myer. She has also worked in State Government in tourism, education and the Attorney General’s dept. 

Julia has never stopped learning through her career and has an advanced MBA (marketing specialisation), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors Course and a accredited Qualified Research Professional. She is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. 

In 2002 Julia founded Know L’edge, a boutique business and research consultancy. KnowL’Edge is a preferred supplier to local government in Western Australia and has a number of high profile businesses it undertakes a range of research and consulting work for in Australia and New Zealand. Know L’edge has a team across Australia of consultants and researchers. In 2010, she became the Research Partner at The Right Group.  

Julia is a Member of Mission Arts and enjoys writing, arts and crafts. She is a published author of both business books and works of fiction. In 2018, Julia, in conjunction with Mission Arts, co-ordinated the collection of stories, poems and art that make up the ‘Magic of Mission Beach’ Book of poems, stories and artwork. 

Neil Clarke - Treasurer

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Ingrid Mason - Secretary

Ingrid Mason is a NIDA Graduate and has Associate Degree in Creative Writing from SCU. She has also completed a Diploma of Interior Design at Brisbane TAFE.

She worked as an actress for thirty years and probably best known for Picnic at Hanging Rock, Blankety Blanks and The Sullivans. She has written a mockumentary Sole to Soul for SBS an won a prize for her film Seize the Day at the Brisbane Film Festival. She has published and won prizes for her prose and poetry and is currently working on a history of the Blackbirders and planning Theatre Sports for children at Mission Arts in association with Mission Arts ‘Acting Up’.

She has taught drama and Theatre Sports to adults and children, manufactured organic ice cream and worked in Aged Care and learning to paint at Mission Arts Workshops.

Shirley Collins (Committee Member)

Shirley has lived in Mission Beach for the past three years moving away from the busy city of Townsville, where she lived for 30 plus years. The decision she made was very rewarding to her to live and play in a nice quite small community that she embraces.  Since the move Shirley became a member of Mission Arts as she is very passionate about her in ant forms.  Shirley loves nothing better than to share her Aboriginal art and the stories that create an awareness of her Aboriginal heritage of both the Kalkadoon and Pitta Pitta Peoples of Mt Isa & Boulia respectively. Her traditional name is Yumala meaning eldest sister.

Shirley brings to the committee a twenty plus years of administration with the use of computers and data entry to keep up with today’s technologies within Government depts, Education Qld, Tafe Qld, Australian Red Cross and the retail sector, she has sat on a three Community Boards within the Townsville district.

She does this through all types of art, shirley uses her unique images of women on different mediums, such as using acrylics on canvas, printmaking etc and run her business from home selling Aboriginal art on souvenirs

 Dee Dean (Committee Member)

Dee Dean is originally from Victoria and has been living in the Far North for over 20 years.

A 30 plus year career as a hair/ make up stylist and colour technician has allowed her to work with diverse creative teams including theatre groups, fashion parades, photographers, celebrities and models. After owning and working with leading salons in Victoria, Dee  moved to north Queensland in 2000. She managed salons in Port Douglas and at the Sheraton Mirage, and then operated her own freelance business for patrons including  4 and 5 star resorts from the Daintree to Mission Beach, meeting many creative people.

After 20 years in the trade, Dee decided to take a break and explore other career options, including retail, business administration, marketing and sales, and rediscovering her art and drawing. After a few years of moving between these fields, Dee decided to travel and operate a market stall of new age merchandise, natural therapy and making jewellery.

Dee started volunteering for not-for-profit organisations 13 years ago at an animal refuge and then at one of the biggest folk music festivals in far north  Queensland: Wallaby Creek Festival, volunteering in visual arts, helping to create installations and stalls areas. She has been the Festival's stalls coordinator the past 12 years and a committee member for 8 years, writing new policies and procedures for this not-for-profit organisation. Over the past two years she has also been the coordinator of the Palm Creek folk festival, focusing on her passions of art, culture and music.

Since the birth of her child in 2014, taking a break and focusing on motherhood has given Dee the inspiration for being creative: returning to pottery at Mission Arts in 2016 and attending 3 beginners workshops at Mission Arts Pottery. In rediscovering her passion for the arts, Dee realised ceramics was a path she wanted to further explore. She started volunteering at Mission Arts in 2017 and is now on the current Mission Arts committee.

Dee's passion for arts and the community is very strong and she believes everyone should be able to create and be given that opportunity. She is self taught and always experimenting with new ideas in playing with clay. She mainly handbuilds functional ware and her passion is sculptures inspired by where the Rainforest meets the Reef. Dee runs workshops in Clay Play and Adult beginners hand-building workshops. Clay is her passion and she never get bored of it as there are no limits in ceramics.

Sally Moroney (Committee Member)

Sally Moroney was born in the UK in 1950. She grew up in the bushland of Sydney’s northern suburbs, where she acquired a love of the natural environment and the seashore.

She studied sculpture, ceramics and fine arts at Sunshine-Cooloola TAFE and has a Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts).  She has run her own craft business since 1969, specialising in jewellery, painting, basketry, and small sculpture, and conducts workshops in a variety of crafts. She also enjoys environmental education and working with community groups involved in arts and the environment.

She is a life member of Mission Arts and Noosa Gallery Society is Past President of Noosa Parks Association, Noosa Gallery Society and Mission Arts, and  is an active member of Cairns Art Society, Hinchinbrook Regional Arts, Mission Arts and Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation.

Sally has had Solo exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Red Chair Gallery, Cairns Art Society Gallery, Mission Arts, and Unique Frames.

Noosa Regional Gallery, Tyto Regional Gallery and Cairns Regional Gallery have selected her work for group exhibitions.

Sally has won awards for painting and sculpture at Cairns Regional Gallery, Artists of the North, Innisfail Art Society annually, Tyto Regional Gallery, Mission Arts and the Cardwell Art Prize.

At Mission Arts,  Sally is involved in coordinating Art from the Heart, (art with acrylics)  and Threads fibre and textile art. She enjoys sharing art skills with new artists and helping develop their creative spirit.

Susan Foley (Committee Member)

Susan Foley commenced her working career at the Department of Primary Industries in Soil Conservation Research with field trials across various sites in the Darling Downs and Burnett region. Assisting with farmer field days and grower meetings, Susan realised that the translation of information from field trials into practical information for the grower was where she wanted to be.  

A teaching career followed in 1989 at Gordonvale State High School in the Agricultural Department, going on to Atherton and Malanda High Schools on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands.  The last fourteen years of her teaching career saw a complete pivot to primary school, teaching Indonesian in the Ulysses Cluster of Schools.

Susan is commencing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Curtin University in June 2020 to complement her passion for Sculpture in Metal.   Previous qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indonesian Language, Public Relations and SE Asian Studies from the University of Southern Queensland.  Susan also has a Graduate Diploma Teaching (Secondary) from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) from Gatton Agricultural College. 

Susan is a lifelong learner believing education to be the key to success whether it be self-education, a workshop at Mission Arts or more formal education. The skill sets Susan offers as a committee member at Mission Arts are many and varied.