In March 2017, Melanie jumped onboard to be the new coordinator for As We Are.
After six years in the desert she has relocated to bright lights of Perth. Melanie says it was a case of ‘why not’ which initially led her to the desert to kick starting a career in arts management and community engagement.
Since then she has held numerous dynamic roles within the arts and NFP sector across the Central Desert and remote communities in the Northern Territory.
Mel’s career includes working alongside indigenous artists from the Anangu Pitjantjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, SA, Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands, WA and Martu People, Pilbara, WA.
As a consultant or an Art Centre Manager for an Australian Disability Enterprise or Indigenous owned and governed Art Centres, she has worked in environments that provide creative artistic opportunities from the ground up.
“I am obsessed with all things bright and audacious, a philosophy that spills into my professional work life. I am at my happiest covered in paint, sipping tea and having a laugh with artists, spending hours on end in rich atmospheres throughout some of Australia’s most striking locations. It is with a bold energy that I strive to create opportunities for individuals in cross-cultural and community orientated dialogues,” she said.
Long-time Perth resident Diana Warnock is a woman of many talents and interests. She is a former newspaper journalist, radio broadcaster and was Member for Perth from 1993 until 2001.
Diana is an avid supporter of the arts in WA and nationally, and a keen advocate for artists who have an intellectual disability. She has attended every As We Are Art Award opening night since its commencement in 2001—boasting a significant collection of artworks purchased over the years to host a retrospective!—and we are very lucky to have had Diana as our Patron since 2007.
Diana has and continues to be involved in numerous community groups as well as serving on many committees and boards, including the Art Gallery of WA Foundation, the Curtin University Art Gallery and the WA Academy of Performing Arts. She is also the current Patron of the Friends of Perth International Arts Festival.
In 2011 Diana was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.