Creative Clunes Staff

Sue Beal - CEO

Sue has over thirty years of program and event production and management, performing arts venue establishment and management, and community relations experience. Working across a range of sectors including local and state governments, the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, Sue knows how to get things done. She has extensive experience in cultural programming, event development and event coordination including for the White Night Festival, the Moomba Festival, Cirque du Soleil and Arts House at North Melbourne Town Hall and the Meat Market (Dance Massive, Black Arm Band and the Live Arts Festival).

An avid supporter of culture in community, Sue was the founding Chair of the Victorian Cultural Development Network, helping local governments and organisations to harness, promote and develop the artistic visions of their communities.  The Network conceived and managed projects in regional communities including Small Towns Big Picture, a partnership project with Latrobe University through the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities.  The project was established in Denali, Carisbrook, Talbot, Wedderburn and Maldon and was managed in close association with regional Councils.


Jan Hawkes - CFO

Sometime circus strongman, underground press editor, lighthouse keeper and bookseller, Jon Hawkes is the author of the ground-breaking ‘The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: culture’s essential role in public planning’ (Common Ground, 01). Since then, ‘fourth pillar thinking’ has spread worldwide (in particular, since its adoption by the UCLG in 2010 as the cornerstone of its cultural policy) with Jon making presentations in the USA, Canada, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, China and Ireland.
His practical experience, from on-the-ground arts development through to the highest levels of policy formulation, makes him uniquely qualified to offer an integrated view of the function, value and practical application not only of a cultural perspective but also of art-making in community contexts (his particular passion).
As a regular consultant, adviser, lecturer and presenter over the last 25 years he has developed a remarkable facility to express in clear language the often complex issues surrounding cultural and arts development.
His long-standing commitment to advocating for publicly facilitated opportunities for all people to actively participate in making their own culture has informed all his professional activities.

Sharon Hughes - Digital Marketing + Arts Admin

Sharon is a working Professional Fine Art Photographer, respectfully journeying through Dja Dja Wurrung country, in Central Victoria. She has exhibited locally and internationally, and her work has been collected by the National Library of Australia along with numerous private collections in Australia and internationally. 

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Photography and is qualified in Digital Marketing. As an experienced arts professional, with a background in supporting photographic studios, art galleries and creative businesses, Sharon enjoys supporting Creative Clunes and the local arts community on a part-time basis.

Suzi Cordell - Creative Producer

Suzi is privileged to live and work on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, and has enjoyed a lifelong passion for the arts, cultural, creative industries and education, and is thrilled to be joining the Creative Clunes team as Creative Producer. She has collaborated with creative teams, artists, writers, producers and, technical teams, and communities, working on multidisciplinary projects across regional and metro Victoria and the Northern Territory. Her work has predominantly been with the not for profit sector, and in local council and government contexts and with health providers, across theatre, literature, dance, visual arts, and curating and delivering high quality Arts & Education programs. Her  focus is always on engagement, capacity building, diversity and inclusion, equality, and access.

Recently Suzi has worked with a range of organisations, producing the Turn the Page Festival for Creative Clunes, managing and coordination of Short Flix Festival, and the Change Our Story Projects for Central Goldfields Shire  – Go Goldfields, highlighting the film making talents of young people across the Central Goldfields, curating the annual, statewide program as Arts & Education Manager for Regional Arts Victoria,  and Coordination of the Emerge Cultural Hubs Program – Multicultural Arts Victoria, a short stint in the NT as Arts Broker with Arts NT, Project Management at Ilbijerri Theatre, and Production Management with Tracks Dance, Darwin on various large scale, site specific Darwin Festival performances.

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