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 is a pleasure to work with and has made our grant writing process a whole lot less stressful.
Danielle O’Keefe Founder and Director, 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!
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.
Annette Downs – Senior Producer- Tas Performs
Kath did a small writing task for me at short notice and she was super thorough, efficient and of course applied her excellent writing skills. Her work as an arts critic is also highly valued given her significant experience in the field.
Annette Downs- Senior Producer, Tasmania Performs. Photo- Amy Brown
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 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.
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.
Photo- Kate Holmes
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.