Sete Tele, Chairperson
Sete is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Town of Victoria Park. Sete is a Samoan born, New Zealand grown, Australian matured artist. His practice is place-based and play-based, creating works that are ephemeral but with a tangible residue that resonates with the viewer/the participant.
Sete joins the board with an experience honed on both state and federal levels of peer advisement and advocacy, championing the value of the arts within society.
Renée Parnell, Deputy Chairperson
Renée Parnell has a degree in Interior Architecture and currently works in illustration, printmaking and design. She is passionate about creative education and skills as well as building creative communities. She lives locally, teaches design at Curtin University and researches in the areas of inter-cultural design and community development.
Projects include working with Stolen Generation survivors and their families in regional locations and in remote areas as far afield as Mongolia. Renee is an active VPCA member, co-coordinating the Victoria Park Printmaking group. She loves seeing the satisfaction of new printmakers as they ‘ reveal’ their first print.
Marcel Nemec, Treasurer
Marcel is a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience in public practice, from corporate tax for listed companies to the small and medium enterprise sector, specialising in taxation and business advisory fields. Marcel also has a background in music, having performed both locally and nationally, and has a keen interest in photography. Marcel joins the board to assist with the operation of VPCA and its continued success in providing a venue for art exhibitions, art tuition and bringing the community together.
Leanne is a compliance specialist, with an extensive compliance, assurance & risk assessment background within the financial services and mining resources industries. Leanne brings excellent interpersonal skills combined with professional, personable and leadership qualities. Leanne’s positive approach and skills in key areas of VPCA’s strategic plan are a welcome addition to the board. Leanne is an active VPCA member who attends and supports our events.
Matteo Cornelius Sullivan was born in Milan, Italy. Matteo is a winner of fourteen arts awards, exhibiting in one hundred and forty-eight arts shows, including twenty-five solos and one public artwork. Matteo is acknowledged as the first artist to invade the edges of the canvas and noted by art critics for his wild creativity. Matteo is a published writer, with twenty-nine books and booklets published. Matteo is also as freelance journalist, with articles in twenty-four magazines, newspapers and the web. Matteo’s working experience includes academic professor for thirty years, Chairman of three monarchist organizations and one artist’s group as well as Italian speaking tour guide for Western Australia.
Elly comes to the Board of the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts with over 20 years of experience in the fields of community arts, creative arts therapies, and art psychotherapy/counselling. She has worked extensively with a range of clientele including children, adolescents and adults affected by addictions and mental health as well as CALD and indigenous clients. She has demonstrated her capabilities to devise and implement interventions for individuals and groups as well as deliver presentations.
During her experience within the community arts field, she not only designed, sought funding successfully and produced many community projects, but she also actively participated in community festivals as a committee member and artist in residence for several years.
In addition, she has had experience in co-curating and hanging exhibitions, as well as retail purchase, display and sales for arts-related community gift shops.
Elly remains passionate about creative arts and especially visual arts and feels her skills background is conducive to contributing to the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts’ Board.
Naomi is a PhD graduate, with an Arts degree majoring in anthropology and an Honours degree in Education History, all from UWA. She retired from academia in 2014. Her interests in literature and art focus on the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, which is the base of the Vic Park Writers’ Group as well as the Vic Park Printmakers’ Group. She is an active member of both groups, especially of the Writers’ Group, which she organises.