MEET THE TEAM
The Cannery is managed by a Volunteer Management Committee and staffed by three part-time directors.
Paul is passionate about Esperance, it's tight-knit but welcoming community, and how Arts & Culture play an ever increasing role in the town.
He is all for self-sustaining art models and activation of space.
Paul is a medical professional, who has spent various stages of his career in Esperance over the last 15 years initially as a student, then junior doctor and now as a medical specialist residing in Esperance.
Paul has held leadership positions in and out of the arts, including previous roles as Chair of the Esperance Medical Advisory Committee and Secretary of the Cannery Arts Centre.
He is always keen and available to have a chat with anyone interested in getting involved in the ever-growing art and cultural hub of Esperance.
Jonty has lived in Esperance all his life and loves what our amazing town has to offer. He is currently working for a disability support organisation encouraging inclusion and acceptance, and has a background in Logistics and Planning. He has a keen interest in the local arts scene and being involved in organising programs and events that work towards improving the community and promoting social activities.
Jonty enjoys bringing a young person’s perspective to the Cannery Arts Centre and helping to create a sustainable and enjoyable arts scene in Esperance. His hobbies and passions include photography, gardening, surfing and the beach, live music and the arts.
My Background is firmly entrenched with the arts.
At 16 I enrolled through the Curtin University Campus at the Cannery Arts Centre in Esperance and completed a staggered study until the age of 25 amongst marriage, a little bit of adventure and two children.
I feel privileged to have studied under some very fine teachers who were serious practising artists
and this was instrumental in my growth.
Painting and exhibiting for over 25 years has been my primary occupation as well as supporting my
husband in several arts based businesses from fine art gallery operations – Hellfire Gallery 1999 –
2008 – exhibitions, music events and weddings and over the last eleven years – Baxter and Maree
2010 - 2021 - custom framing and photographic printing.
Currently I am business free! This brings me back to the Cannery with something to give.
Jacqui spent her younger years growing up in rural Victoria. In 2004 she first visited Esperance, staying for two years before returning to Victoria to further her career in the building industry. Jacqui has a strong creative passion and appreciation for architecture and the built form. She is a qualified building designer, specialising in residential projects for the past 11 years. She has worked on a range of projects on the Mornington Peninsula, from small renovations through to high end luxury homes. Her tenacity and creative passion has seen her win industry awards through her career.
Simultaneously she owned a crane business in Melbourne with her husband, and has collected a wealth of business knowledge during the decade of its operation.
Jacqui lived on the Mornington Peninsula until 2018, when she and her husband decided to take a break from their hectic work-life balance and embark, with their young family, on a year long adventure travelling Australia. Ultimately re-locating to WA and the beautiful Esperance community once again.
A self taught artist, Jacqui enjoys getting the paint or pens out in her spare time. The infinite possibilities of a blank canvas and the ability to be completely immersed in a project make it a favourite hobby of hers.
She is pleased to be involved in the Cannery committee and looks forward to the continued artistic opportunities the organisation brings to the local community
Brittany started her journey in New Jersey, USA. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in education at Susquehanna University she gave into wanderlust. On a whim she came to Australia 11 years ago and travelled Australia and Asia extensively before meeting her husband, Jon. They spent time going back and forth between countries for visits before Brittany permanently moved over. They originally lived in Karratha together before deciding to establish some roots in Esperance 6 years ago. In that time, they both became heavily involved in the Cannery and attest its little community of volunteers as a big reason for staying in Esperance. In 2020 Brittany and Jon welcomed a baby girl named Lenny to their madhouse of dogs, cats and chickens. Having a baby during a pandemic was a unique experience and Brittany looks forward to the day she can bring her baby back to the states to meet her family.
Previously working as a teacher and in the travel industry, Brittany decided to follow her passion for the Cannery. After years of volunteering, she applied for a job as Administrative Director. She has been enjoying her time working in the not-for-profit sector and is excited to be able to give back to an organization that has given so much to her and her family.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/EVENTS COORDINATOR
Jessica has over 15 years of experience working in the Arts and Culture sector across delivery, community engagement and education. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts she furthered her studies in Communications and Media at the University of Notre Dame Australia. After working across the media, television and entertainment industry as performer, reporter, writer and voice over artist she consolidated her passion for arts and education by gaining a Diploma in Secondary Education at Edith Cowan University. Jessica has coordinated regional festivals and been part of the team delivering Perth International Arts Festival with a key role in driving engagement in the arts for young people.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Katie has lived in Esperance for 15 years with most of those years spent on a farm at Cascade with
her husband and two children. As a creative outlet and to ensure the future of a diversity of
activities in Esperance, Katie joined the 2015 Festival of the Wind committee, taking on various roles to help coordinate two festivals including participating in Dare to Wear. She oversaw the
coordination of the outdoor movies which expanded into Moving Movies. During this time she also stepped into small business running a successful wedding and event hire and styling business for three years.
Katie has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Diploma of Education in Secondary Science and Mathematics and has undertaken various teaching roles in the Esperance district. She has volunteered with many not-for-profit organisations and describes herself as an appreciator of art who has dabbled in painting and pottery but prefers to purchase art from those who are more skilled than herself. Katie is looking forward to using her skills to increase the learning and engagement opportunities at The Cannery.
Born and raised in Esperance, Sally studied for her Bachelor in secondary English teaching at ECU before moving to live and teach in Margaret River for two years. There, her passion and love for sustainable living grew as she lived in a caravan she rebuilt with her dad into a ‘tiny house’ on a bush block that practised permaculture and other forms of sustainable living and art.
In 2019 Sally moved back to her hometown and now teaches English at Esperance Senior High School and continues to immerse herself in the natural world as much as possible as well as nurture her interest in organic living and gardening at the Cannery garden Forage.
Andrea is an ESL teacher, originally from Bangalore, India. She grew up in the Middle East – Abu
Dhabi and Oman, and India. Andrea had wanted to live in Esperance since she first visited in
October 2015. This dream came true in August 2018.
She has a degree in Psychology and Economics. She worked in administration at the start of her
professional career but switched to teaching a few years later. She has taught English as a second
language to adults from across the globe. She has worked and taught in Muscat – The Sultanate of
Oman, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Western Australia.
After moving to Australia, Andrea completed two Diplomas in Business. She runs the SMYL
Community Services office, in Esperance, which is a non-profit with branches all over WA. Andrea
has been able to raise the awareness of the services SMYL provides, in the community. She has been
able to do this by building relationships with several of the local stakeholders.
Andrea became involved with the Cannery Arts Centre via Kyron Smithson. She has been Kyron’s
‘Gatekeeper’ for over 2 years and takes pride in making certain the door at Kyron’s music events
Andrea hopes that her professional experience, experience acquired through her many travels, and
her skills, and interests will prove beneficial to her time on the Cannery Committee and as a
Marcia graduated from The University of UNSW with a Bachelors degree in Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, with a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts and Monash University with a Diploma of Education, Art Specialist. Her professional interest and practice as an artist is in storytelling and the environment, combining printmaking, mixed media and digital media. She has gained further professional experience as an exhibiting artist, curator, high school art teacher and in 2015 was part of the Artful Leadership for Community Building Program participant (Country Arts WA).
Marcia is currently curating the exhibition titled ‘Anonymous: How should we tell the stories of forgotten women today?’, a program she developed for the Cannery Arts Centre and Connect to the Creative Grid project, through the Regional Arts Partnership Program (RAPP) supported by the State Government of Western Australia and Country Arts WA.
Kyron Smithson is an Esperance local having attended the Esperance Senior High School prior to a five-year stint in Perth where he studied and completed a bachelor degree in Tourism Marketing and Management. A return to his family farm in Scaddan was short lived with Kyron developing a small music production business Kyza Presents in 2014. Kyza Presents went from strength to strength, with key goals being the development of local musicians, and gigs to support their performance. A strong interest in the coordination of local music-based events lead to his involvement in the Festival Of The Wind 2017. Multiple FOTW events with a live music element where run at The Cannery Arts Centre across the festival with the potential to for live music and art exhibitions to co-exist recognised. Kyron joined the Cannery committee not long after, and used his skills and networks within the music industry to develop a strong music program at The Cannery arts Centre.
In late 2018 Kyron formed Esperance local act Grand Casual with Joe Franzone and Matt Cooper. Since formation they have performed multiple shows locally and further afield, the trio considering themselves ambassadors for The Esperance Music Scene. Grand Casual acts as Kyron’s artistic outlet and gives him perspective when working within the arts industry in Esperance. Kyron enters his second two-year term as a member of The Cannery Art Centre committee joining the executive team in the role of secretary. With a clear goal of aiding the Cannery team in developing what the Art Centre is able to offer the local Esperance community.
Kelsey has a Bachelor of Science Advanced with Honours, majoring in botany and conservation biology.
She recently joined the Esperance community, having escaped Victoria late 2020. She began her business Triggerplant, showing off the Esperance coastline that drew her across the Nullabor to fellow nature lovers. Building on that and her previous role with Victorian Government, she now provides conservation advice to private landowners.
Through sharing her knowledge and dedication she aims to further strengthen the Cannery’s sustainability. With GIFSA, Triggerplant has initiated the Cans for the Cannery project collecting containers for the 10c deposit scheme with over 5000 cans collected.
Manaia has been a part of the Bay of Isles Community Outreach team since 2018 - started out shredding mountains of paper as a workplace student to now being a part of the Mental Health Commission team at BOICO. At the beginning of her working at BOICO, she organised activities and camps for the Young Carers groups for two years, giving her the opportunity to organise her first event for youth during Mental Health Week in 2019. Manaia now plays an important role in running the Social Inclusion Club held at Harmonee house and in February 2021 took over the Art Therapy Group.
Manaia has a passion for bringing people from all sorts of backgrounds in the community together, providing those with opportunities to be a part of something meaningful and to shed a light on the ability that art in all forms has to empower and create connectedness.