Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body, as an initiative of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy.
|Kultour announces new CEO|
Kultour is thrilled to announce the appointment of Julie Tipene-O’Toole as the new CEO of Kultour. Julie brings a wealth of experience both as an artist, administrator and arts leader. Julie is of Maori and Dalmation heritage and migrated from New Zealand in 1980. Prior to joining Kultour Julie worked for the Department of Business and Innovation, where she held the role of Senior Project Manager in the Indigenous Economic Development Unit. There Julie developed and managed programs and projects to support and facilitate the employment of Indigenous Victorians. Her work extended to the development of new policies and planning for government programs and services to support Indigenous economic participation.
Julie also has extensive experience in research having worked for the Koori Business Unit at the former Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development as Research and Evaluation Coordinator from 2007 to 2011. Her achievements included the brokerage of strategic partnerships with international organisations across Australia, New Zealand and Canada for the exchange of research knowledge and information concerning Indigenous entrepreneurship. One of the first strategic tasks Julie was charged with was to facilitate and negotiate a two-year research partnership and study with RMIT University investigating Victorian Indigenous Entrepreneurship.
Julie is also a story teller and visual artist and her practice is embedded in storytelling and connecting communities of interest. Julie works with mixed media, prints and installations to tell stories that talk to her interests in the natural environment, social rituals, cultural stories and the desire to recycle. Julie has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Hawaii and her work is held in private collections around the world.
Julie brings with her a dynamic combination of creative and strategic thinking, working across culturally diverse communities as well as an embedded understanding of the Indigenous Australian context. Kultour Chair Caroline Stacey says; “Julie is an outstanding individual who brings a wealth of experience to the CEO role and Kultour. A dynamic and strategic thinker, Julie possesses the personal and professional qualities to take a leading role in advocating for cultural diversity in the arts in Australia and move Kultour to the next stage of its development”.