I live and work on Dja Dja Wurrung Country, in Central Victoria, as a third generation European Australian, with heritage from Hungary, Scotland and France.
I work as a creative consultant, producer and artist engaging with metro and regional communities, young and emerging artists, organisations and individuals.
I often work in a local context, codesigning initiatives that encourage cultural leadership and excellent outcomes for communities.
My focus is to enable and encourage emerging and independent creatives, and support and empower grass roots organisations and partner with government and service providers to leverage impact.
As a practising artist, I work with object, landscape, movement, painting and drawing, exploring elements and ecologies, and connection to place.
Producing works for Polyglot Theatre (Vic) at The Melbourne Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, and Singapore Arts Festival, Outback Theatre for Young People’s (OTYP) award winning projects Secret Places: The Connections Project and The Alive and Kicking Project (regional NSW), the Junction Arts Festival (Tas), The Village (Vic), The Big West Festival (Vic), The Darwin Festival (NT) and The Castlemaine State Festival 2011, 2013 and 2015(Vic). Mandy directed the new work for young children, ‘The Grandma Tree’ in collaboration with Koori families in Deniliquin, NSW also with OTYP.
Organisational and business management experience includes: Company Manager/ Creative Producer (OTYP), Program Manager (Polyglot Theatre). Producer, The Marruk Project (Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Swan Hill, Vic), The Book of Shadows (Darwin/Indonesia), co-founder and Chairperson of Castlemaine Circus Inc, now in its 8th year of delivering classes, events and outreach programs for central victorians ages 18months to older adult.
In 2019, Mandy commenced as co-coordinator at cohealth Arts Generator, working with a team delivering projects to diverse communities in Melbourne's West and North. She also continues to deliver the early childhood program with families at Castlemaine Circus, and maintains her consultancy on project codesign and creative engagement strategy.
‘I have seen whole towns unite and transform under a shared outcome. I have witnessed rural and remote schools set for closure in areas where populations are in decline document their legacy and share their history. I have seen indigenous communities revive and share their cultural knowledges in ways invaluable to a nation's cultural identity. I have seen disengaged students find a place for themselves in the world. I have seen young people 'on the spectrum' own it, supported to be larger than life and brilliant... I have seen problems solved, important issues tackled, legacies created and stories hidden or submerged brought to light... These things and more have had real, visible and measurable impacts on individuals and communities.’