19 - 22 September 2024 - Prince's Square Launceston, Lutruwita / Tasmania

Board of

Junction has a skills based board who volunteer their expertise to foster arts and culture in Launceston and the north, which in turn creates a more liveable and dynamic city.

Rebecca Birrell

President & Chair (Joined 2020)

Rebecca is an artist and Principal Designer at Birrelli art + design + architecture, a multidisciplinary design practice that offers professional services ranging from fine art, graphic design, interior design, visual identity, interpretation, visitor experience and architecture. Her design practice is currently in its 25th year and she has been the recipient of over 30 design awards.

In addition, she has 10 years experience in the cultural tourism sector where she owned and managed a multi award winning boutique art accommodation experience, which was a reflection of her great passion for the arts, and tourism.

Rebecca is a practicing artist working in silversmithing and wearable art. She is also an internationally recognised professional cartomancer, spiritual advisor and mentor.

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Jeremy Stagg

Treasurer & Secretary (Joined 2023)

Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in various finance and procurement roles in Launceston. Jeremy graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Business Management.

Jeremy has a keen interest in seeing Launceston thrive and is excited to join the Junction board as treasurer and secretary.

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Genevieve Lilley

Co-Deputy Chair (Joined 2023)

Genevieve Lilley is an Hobart-based architect practising in Tasmania, and advising in other states. After working for 8 years for British architect Sir David Chipperfield on civic projects, she opened her own practice in London in 1999, in Sydney in 2005, and in Hobart in 2015. She runs a small practice specialising in a range of odd and unique projects, mostly involving the adaptive re-use of buildings. She is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council, Chair of Heritage Tasmania’s Works Committee, and has sat on the Open House Committee for many years.

Genevieve writes for Houses Magazine and the Architectural Review, judges architectural awards, and has been the owner/designer of award-winning modern jewellery business Venerari since 2004. She was Chair of the Living Room Theatre board in Sydney 2014-2019.

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Kevin Turner

Co-Deputy Chair (Joined 2023)

Kevin migrated here in 2009 from Bristol in the UK. He is a keen geographer and through his career has worked at the intersection of people and place, building the skills to develop partnership approaches to sustainable development. To Kevin, Junction stretches Tasmania’s exposure to contemporary arts in fun, creative and memorable ways that are also relevant and reflective of Launceston’s community. It is a great example of people and place working together.

He founded Vinyl in the Vines in 2013 to share his love of DJ’ing and bring a taste of Bristol to Tasmania. It is now one of Tasmania’s longest running summer parties.

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Stuart Loone

Board Member (Joined 2023)

Stuart has twenty five years experience in the arts and cultural sector, as producer, organiser, broker and, occasionally, as a creative.

Currently, he is Programs Manager with Theatre North, managers of Launceston's Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre. In this role, he looks to connect northern Tasmanian audiences with live performance from around the nation.

Prior to this, Stuart was Artistic Director of Mudlark Theatre (2008-14), where he worked primarily on new theatre, and also Operations Manager for national youth arts development organisation Artology (2012-14). From 2013 to 2019, Stuart was General Manager at Spring Bay Mill, assisting with the transformation of the 42 hectare site into a cultural and tourism space while restoring its natural values.

Some years ago, he was awarded Australia Council and Arts Tasmania funding to undertake a residency in Newfoundland, researching cultural-led economic recovery.

Over the years, Stuart has worked for a number of leading Tasmanian arts organisations. He currently sits on the board of Visit Northern Tasmania and Stompin, and the co-deputy chair of Junction Arts Festival.

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Liz Bennett

Board Member (Joined 2017)

Liz is part of the performing arts team at Launceston College where she is an AST and teaches Drama. Since 2004 she has been part of the team that produces the large scale musicals that the college stages each year at the Princess Theatre including Rock of Ages (2016) and In the Heights (2017). Liz has also directed the college’s production of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. She produced the student ensemble that was a part of the 2014 Melbourne Theatre Company’s Neon Festival; The Myth Project: Twin by Arthur Theatre Company.

Liz has directed a number of community musicals for Encore Theatre Company including Les Miserable (2010), Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), Evita (2015) and Wicked (2017). She is also a member of Mudlark’s theatre subcommittee and has worked for many years on their One Day projects, which bring short plays to life in 24 hours. Liz has been involved in a number of Arts organisations over the years including Interweave, Centre Stage and Drama Tas.

Liz has been a supporter of Junction since its inception, working on a variety of projects and the technical side of the festival. She is passionate about supporting local arts events and finding the connections between community development, education and the arts. She is currently the Junction representative on the Australian Musical Theatre Festival board.

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Rebecca Bradfield

Board Member (Joined 2023)

Rebecca is a legal practitioner and legal researcher with extensive experience in policy and law reform. Rebecca graduated from the University of Tasmania with a PhD (Law), Master of Teaching and a combined Arts/Law degree (English major), equipping her with a broad knowledge base and a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Recognising the power of the arts to inspire social change and challenge societal norms, Rebecca is looking forward to contributing her legal expertise to an event that fosters creativity, inclusion and diversity. She can’t wait to be involved with Junction and its intersection of art, performance and music.

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