Welcome to the Barwon Heads Arts Council

  Through the management of the Barwon Heads Arts & Community Hub, The Bellarine Arts Trail and the coordination of  a yearly small-events program as well as participation in events such as Mountain to Mouth, the Council represents our local artists, visual, literary and performing.

The Barwon River in Victoria winds its way from the Otway Ranges behind the Great Ocean Road through Geelong and the wetlands on the Bellarine Peninsula to arrive at the ocean between the townships of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.  We recognise the significance and richness of this beautiful coastal area, its environment and cultural history and we acknowledge its First Nations people, the Wadawurrung.

Our Story

In 2012, a community meeting was held to discuss whether the community saw the need for an arts organisation in Barwon Heads. After a resounding yes, it led to the establishment in 2013, of the Barwon Heads Arts Council (BHAC) as a not-for-profit incorporated organisation.  Now with the help of the community, state and local government the arts on the Bellarine has a new home.   The Barwon Heads Arts & Community Hub is now available for use and is home to a growing program of art exhibitions, creative workshops and events.

Our Committee

Vicki lives in Barwon Heads and co-founded the Barwon Heads Arts Council in 2013 and was founding President. She has returned as President in 2021 and is looking forward to working with the community to establish the Barwon Heads Arts and Community Hub which opens in 2022.

Vicki has worked in stakeholder engagement and community development for many years, most recently as the Committee for Geelong working on the Leaders for Geelong program. She is currently a Project Manager at Gen U and previously co-ordinated a small business engagement diversity research project with Deakin University. Vicki has worked in a variety of sectors including the arts, banking, finance, health and hospitality. Vicki has 25 years of experience within community organisations with board experience in a regional health service, local government committees and arts organisations.

Vicki’s interest in community arts is linked to her strong interest in health and wellbeing, connecting communities and reducing social isolation.

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Kaz joined the Arts Council when it was formed in 2013 and served as Treasurer for the first 3 years. Since then she has undertaken the Vice President and now President roles. Kaz is very keen to bring arts and culture opportunities to the community. She is particularly keen to develop opportunities for artists to connect with each other and the public. This was her motivation when creating the popular Bellarine Arts Trail (BAT) in 2016.

Kazs’ main artistic interest is abstract painting; however, she loves to push her own boundaries by learning new skills including printmaking, textiles, design and ceramics.

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Caroline has been in the treasury position at the Barwon Heads Arts Council for the last 4 years and has been instrumental in offering Performing Arts events to the local community, as an Arts Council Annual Event. On behalf of the Arts Council, Caroline has also been fortunate enough to assist in the fruition and completion of many wonderful arts auspice projects.
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I’m an award-winning novelist and short story writer who has lived in
Ocean Grove since 2009 and I’m keen to help aspiring and emerging
writers in my community. In 2018 and 2019 I ran writing workshops
through the BHAC and the Friends of the Barwon Heads Library and my
future plans include a writers’ mentorship program.
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Libby has a long association with Barwon Heads and the Bellarine and has a keen interest in fostering community participation in the arts.

Libby has studied literature and music, is a trained facilitator and has a Post Graduate in marketing. She has been a board member of state and regional industry organisations. Libby began her marketing career in destination marketing and has worked in research, strategic planning and marketing communications consulting to not for profits, business, community and government organizations.

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