SPEAKER: Mary Jane Warfield
Mary Jane “MJ” Warfield is an arts management professional who lives and works on Arrernte Country in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs. Armed with training in dance and theatre at Rusden (Deakin University), MJ started her arts management career in 2007 and has since worked across Local Government, arts organisations, not-for-profit organisations and community groups. Her work has primarily been focused on working with communities to develop and deliver arts programs and events. These have spanned all art forms and structures, from film festivals to exhibitions, school holiday arts workshop programs to outdoor improvised community dance projects. She co-directed Warburton Harmony Festival in 2012 and managed the Alice Desert Festival 2013-2015.
Since 2015 she has been working for Regional Arts Australia managing the Regional Arts Fund and overseeing the delivery of this program at national level. She has an interest in seeing arts organisations thrive and, to this end, has completed Governance training with the Institute of Community Directors in 2019. MJ is the Chair of Incite Arts. In 2019 she started working with GUTS Dance Central Australia, assisting to set up this new contemporary dance company.