Announcing our Community Reference Group

Our newly created Community Reference Group aims to provide pathways for local input, feedback and participation in The SUBSTATION program. The Community Reference Group – chaired by The SUBSTATION Community Ambassador – will work to promote local connection and opportunities in our program strategy, volunteering strategy, and overall community engagement plan.


We are pleased to welcome Gabriella Bortolot, Andrew Gilbert, Anna Krien, Heather van Heerwaarden, Dean Linguey, Nancy Black, Sebastian Diaz-Gasca, Myly Nguyen, and Susan Kukucka to our Community Reference Group.

Gabriella Bortolot

Gabriella Bortolot is the Director of artist management and booking agency, Rude Baby Records. As Director, she oversees the management of two artists, including Footscray-based band, Bowlos, as well as overseeing the management of community-based projects, bookings and social media. Gabriella is also the creator of Forever West, a project documenting creative culture throughout Melbourne’s Western Suburbs.

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert has lived in Newport for over twenty years and is an active member of the Newport Bowls Club, Friends of Newport Lakes and a community organiser for the Westside group of The Wilderness Society. Since graduating from WAPPA in 1987, Andrew has been a familiar face on Australian television and film screens. He’s worked widely in theatre as an actor, director, writer and teacher, and currently lectures in Australian Film for the Boston University’s Study Abroad Program and works at the National Institute of Dramatic Art as a facilitator in their corporate and open programs.

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories, The Big Issue and The Saturday Paper. Act of Grace, her debut novel, was published in 2019.

Heather van Heerwaarden

Heather van Heerwaarden is a local artist and is passionate about the arts in its many forms. She has been living in Hobsons Bay for over 20 years. She has a Masters of Arts in Asian Studies, and an Honours degree in Painting. For the past eight years she has been working in community arts engagement projects for Hobsons Bay City Council. Heather is a longtime supporter of The Substation and is excited to be part of its Community Reference Group. She loves to help connect people through the arts.

Dean Linguey

Dean Linguey has a background in music, contemporary art and performance often blending these forms. He graduated from RMIT University (Melbourne) in Sculpture/Sound (Honours) and has exhibited and performed in Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Dean has worked at Creative Victoria managing the Arts Development, public sculpture and the Music Works grant programs and currently is employed at the Community Broadcasting Foundation providing support to community media organisations, including Remote Indigenous Media Organisations and Sector Representative Organisations across Australia.

Nancy Black

Nancy Black has created and directed award winning shows, produced festivals, outdoor performances, operas, and ten Puppet Slams. She has been Black Hole Theatre’s AD since 2001, and a passionate advocate for Australian puppetry. Her work includes: Caravan (Green Room Award, internat’l tour), Coop(Green Room awards), Hutch, Into the Black Hole, 10 puppet slams around Victoria and NSW, Les Méduses (int’l tour), Blind with the Duda Paiva Co (NL) – worldwide tour.

Sebastian Diaz-Gasca

Dr. Sebastian Diaz-Gasca is an audio engineer, music producer, and lecturer in the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) at RMIT University. His research ranges from ludomusicology, musical narratology, videogame studies, music production, ethnomusicology, and Latin American studies. Sebastian’s ludomusicological (game music) research focuses on the paraludical relationships between audiences and videogame music, and the personal, social, and economic forces which surround these relationships. He has studied the use of game music outside of gameplay, including the role of videogame cover bands in social interactions amongst audiences.

Susan Kukucka

Susan Kukucka is currently the General Manager of Experimenta, a Melbourne-based arts organisation that commissions, presents and tours contemporary art driven by technology. She has more than 15 years experience as an arts manager and producer specialising in public and engagement programs, arts writing and research, and cultural policy development for organisations including State Library of Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Australia Council for the Arts, Queensland University of Technology, and Griffith University. Susan has served on committees with Youth Arts Queensland, Arc Biennial: Visual Art, Craft and Design, and 2High Festival, and was an Asialink resident with the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation in China.

Myly Nguyen

Myly Nguyen was the first Vietnamese-Australian female appointed by the Attorney-General’s Department to become a Commonwealth-Registered Marriage Celebrant. Myly specialises in spiritual, civil, religious and non-denominational ceremonies.

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