Think +Do Tank Foundation
Kath has worked with us to help us to sharpen our strategic plans; to communicate our impact; and to develop new relationships to benefit our mission. She brings experience, intellect, integrity, and a big heart to work.
Kath asks great questions, and opens precious space for useful ideas to flourish. Her skill set is broad and adaptable – so ask, and you shall receive! She is an excellent listener and she will become fluent in the language of your organisation quickly.
Kath delivers time and again, on time. She has been in your shoes – let her bring some of her characteristic joy and optimism, coupled with incisive strategic skills, to accelerate the work that needs doing.
Jane Stratton, CEO, Think+DO Tank Foundation
The British Council/Diversity Arts Australia
Kath lead an intensely useful opening and closing session for my cohort on Intersect, a cultural and knowledge exchange programme by the British Council and Diversity Arts Australia.
She deftly guided us into a deep and reflective conversation that helped identify and articulate ways in which we could approach systems change without feeling overwhelmed. All done with great care and humour
Vicki Amedume, Artistic Director, UPSWING
Kath is a generous facilitator who has the skills and ability to rapidly create a warm and safe space. She guides, shapes and provokes the conversation while holding space for the participants to make their own discoveries. Thank you, Kath!
Pearl Tan, Senior Lecturer – Directing, Australian Film Television and Radio School
The House That Dan Built
Kath has been instrumental in helping us plan and articulate our next stage of development. She has also helped up with creating a business plan and applying for Local, State and Federal funding. Kath you are a wonder woman!
Danielle O’Keefe, Founder, The House That Dan Built
Matthew Whittet– Actor/Writer
Kath knows how to get to the heart of the matter. For many years I have turned to her for trusted advice – her integrity, intelligence and sense of curiosity have guided me through many a turning point in my career as an artist. Her skill in bridging the gap between a nascent idea and a fully articulated vision on the page is tremendous, and one that I truly value.
I hold absolute faith in her to ask me the difficult questions with the greatest of care and the sharpest of minds. Her radar for finding the best in an idea and bring it to the surface is brilliant.
She’s also just a fabulous person to work with!
Theatre Council of Tasmania
I just wanted to let you know that at our recent Theatre Council of Tasmania board meeting both Rod and Adelaide were absolutely fulsome in their praise for your sterling work in facilitating the professional/funded sector discussion day.
They were blown away by your informed, sensitive, and thoroughly skilled approach.
Guy Hooper, Board Member, Theatre Council of Tasmania
Jim Lawson- Vessel
As an independent artist developing projects across a range of contexts, it is critical to have access to individuals and organisations that can help bring those projects to life. Kath Melbourne holds an unique ability; to identify what it is I am really trying to do & why I want to do it, before any further conversation takes place; before considering what the path might then be for that project.
Her gracious good humour and generosity in the process also allows me to clear any white noise – to drill down on exactly what it is that is driving the passion for this idea or that project.
Kath’s extensive experience, networks, and ‘arts smarts’, which she is graciously willing to share, means new opportunities often arise – ones perhaps I had not considered.
The Espy Hotel
Thank you so much for your work- You’re a gun! Such a breeze to work wiht and one very talented human.
It would have been impossible without you!
Janeene Willis, Artistic Director, The Espy
Jane Longhurst– Performer
At the start of 2017 I started nurturing a research concept I wished to seek professional development funding to support. I recognised Kath’s name from her association with many leading national arts companies and festivals so I was confident she would recognise a solid argument from a poorly articulated one.
Kath doesn’t tell you what to write, rather she asks pertinent questions, points out anomalies in your argument and identifies where you have nailed an argument eloquently which is hugely encouraging.
Kath acts as editor certainly but I found our conversations via email and phone a de facto mentor in Kath, a sounding board and someone who keenly listens and understands your professional needs and goals.
I work as an interdisciplinary artist across the fields of visual art, film and theatre. I engaged Kath Melbourne at a critical cross roads to help visualize strategies for future developments, growth and outcomes of my practice.
Kath is now my go to when I am talking critically engaged cultural projects that need holistic understanding.