Access Arts employs specialist staff to engage the artists and arts workers who run our programs. We are also extremely grateful to our volunteers, advocates and supporters who make an essential contribution to Access Arts.
Access Arts Staff
Chief Executive: Pat Swell
Arts Manager: Tim Brown
Visual Arts Coordinator: Jasmin Coleman
Visual Arts Coordinator: Rachel Gaffney-Dawson
Festival Director: Madeleine Little
Festival Producer: Hana Tow
Administrator: Carla Sanzone
Administrator: Mary Schneider
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Since Pat was appointed Chief Executive of Access Arts in 2012 she has enjoyed leading Queensland’s peak body for arts and disability, which has a 38-year history empowering people who experience disability or disadvantage to take part and excel in the arts. Access Arts’ visual artists now have an annual exhibition at KPMG’s prestigious offices in the CBD, our performing artists showcase in key venues, and each year one Queensland arts practitioner with disability wins the coveted $10,000 Access Arts Achievement Award which has proved an effective springboard in each of their careers. We run strong programs for First Australians, and access and inclusion initiatives.
Coming from the UK Pat worked firstly in literature, then theatre and regional development before joining Arts Council England for 14 years in policy, planning and business development, and then managed grants of up to £5 million for capital arts development. She was then appointed Strategic Director for Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery Company, raising significant sums of new money for the arts which started the annual Milton Keynes International Festival ‘IF’.
With a Master of Business Administration, Pat serves on State Library of Queensland’s Disability Action Plan Task Group, Arts Health Network Queensland Strategy Group, and until recently was a member of Griffith University Business School’s Alumni Advisory Group.
After graduating from the Australian Ballet School, Tim continued a dance and choreographic career at Queensland Ballet and Expressions Dance Company. He has created a work for The Australian Ballet and continues to work as part of Queensland Ballet’s education team. He has a Master of Business from QUT.
Tim has received professional development opportunities to travel to Asia and throughout Europe to continue to foster his creative practice. After producing and directing a successful season of the multi-arts cabaret ‘Salon’, Tim now focuses on working as an advocate for marginalised artists and members of the community.
Tim enjoys attending dance, theatre and community events as well as spending time at the beach.
Visual Arts Coordinator
Jasmin is an emerging visual artist from Brisbane, Queensland. Since undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Art at Griffith University, she has participated in many local and interstate exhibitions, both group and solo. Of particular note was her site-responsive installation Stabilisers, which opened in Brisbane before going on to tour nationally.
This talented artist has received funding through the Arts Queensland’s Career Development and Regional Arts Development Grants programs, and was a recipient of an Australian Council for the Arts New Work Grant (Early Career).
In 2013, she was selected as an Artist in Residence through Vegas Spray’s Sister City Artist Residency Program (SCAR). This residency was located in Chongqing, Southwest China.
Jasmin has extensive professional experience working within the visual arts and disability intersection. This work continues to have a significant impact on the conceptual drive of her artworks.
Visual Arts Coordinator
Rachel Gaffney-Dawson, a Visual Arts Coordinator with Access Arts, facilitates the Brisbane Outsider Artists’ Studio and curates a range of exhibitions for the organisation.
She has worked with drawing, abstract drip painting, woodblock carving/printing, digital collage, video and sound art, and is currently working with oil paints to explore the relationship between self and nature.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) from Queensland University of Technology, and also has a background in singing, flute, piano and guitar, and writes original music in the genre of alternative/folk. Her music has been described as minimalist, ethereal, meditative and reflective.
Madeleine Little is a performer, theatre maker, writer and access consultant for the performing arts based in Brisbane. Among other credits, she has been a member of the indelabilityarts Ensemble since 2015, co-devising Love Me; (2017) and co-devising and performing in Look Mum… No Hands! [The Legless Bar Years] (2016-2018). Madeleine performed in Restless Dance Theatre’s Helpmann-nominated work Intimate Space on the Gold Coast (2018) at bleach* Festival in association with Festival 2018. Madeleine most recently wrote, directed, produced, and performed in Hold, presented at the Roundhouse Theatre in April 2019. In 2020, Madeleine is collaborating with writer Alistair Baldwin on a new play, Table Twelve, through Metro Arts’ Creative Development program.
In 2019, Madeleine worked as a Research Associate for The Last Avant Garde – Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model research project (UniMelb, UniSyd, AAV, ARC lastavantgarde.com.au). Madeleine is also an experienced arts administrator, previously working as Ticketing and Administration Officer at La Boite Theatre Company and as Access Consultant for the Festival of Australian Student Theatre (2018).
Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) from QUT and has recently completed a Master of Arts (Creative Arts) at USQ. Her original play, Hold, was presented as part of her research testing the implementation of accessible theatre practice conventions in a new work. This research has been published in part in Australasian Drama Studies Journal (Issue 76) – Hold On: Australian Innovations in Access Aesthetics co-authored with Sarah Austin and Eddie Paterson.
Madeleine has been awarded the inaugural Stella Young Award from Arts Access Victoria (2018), an Access Arts Achievement Award Special Mention (2019), and the inaugural National Leadership Award from Arts Access Australia (2019).
Hana is a Producer, Writer, Director of film and theatre with a diverse background in the arts and in business. Co-founder of the Canberra-based theatre and film company Nineteenth Hole Productions, as an ensemble they were nominated for three Canberra Area Theatre Awards and co-produced the feature-film Perfect (Top Four Finalist Digi SPAA – Screen Producers Association Australia 2006; nominated Best Foreign Film and Best Actor at the New York B Movie Festival in 2007).
She has since produced numerous short films, each receiving screening credits. Most significantly: What’ll I be When I grow up (2006/7 Raw Nerve Film Initiative – Metro Screen NSW joint initiation with Screen Australia and Screen Development Australia), and The Big Appeal which she also wrote and directed (2012 artsACT grant recipient, 2017 Best Actor & Best Editing Canberra Short Film Festival, Official Selection Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2018, and Winner Best Film Illawarra Film Festival 2019, Final Round Tokyo Lift-Off 2020).
Hana has also been Business Director for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE), co-producer of a rehearsed reading of A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt for National Law Week featuring several leading members of the legal community and judiciary, sponsored by the Queensland Law Society and Queensland Bar Association, and Business Manager/producer for the Melbourne based The Actor’s Theatre Collective.
She is currently Artistic Administrator for Queensland Theatre, and Festival Producer of the Undercover Artist Festival 2021.
Hana is passionate about the arts, Australian stories and supporting artists to produce and find a platform for their work.
Carla Sanzone joined Access Arts in late 2017 as an Administrator supporting the Business Manager and the Arts Co-ordinators. She has an extensive professional background in the creative industries and the Queensland public sector. Through these roles, Carla developed her administrative and business practice in professional opportunities in Australia, Indonesia and Europe. She has also supported the Brisbane community through volunteering for the multicultural sector and for children’s support services.
Through Access Arts, she now works as a proud supporter of artists who experience disability and disadvantage in the Brisbane community. Carla has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.
Carla appreciates plays, operas and other performance art. She enjoys learning languages and visiting the array of visual arts exhibited in Brisbane.
Since joining Access Arts in 2016, Mary Schneider has been responsible for the smooth running of the office and overseeing all aspects of social media. Previously, she was a communications consultant for CGIAR, a global research partnership that is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.
Mary also writes a weekly column for The Star, Malaysia’s largest English-language newspaper. She began writing for The Star more than twenty years ago and is one of the newspaper’s longest running columnists.
This former journalist speaks four languages, has acted in more than twenty plays, appeared in a movie with Glenn Close, and recently published her first book, ‘Not Tonight, Dear, I’m Defrosting’. Mary is also an accomplished speaker and an avid backgammon player.