Kolyang Creative Hub

The Kolyang Creative Hub is a significant event in the WA arts ecology that brings artists & industry-heads together, providing time and space to experiment, reflect, question, learn and share.  It is a future-focused site for breaking down silos and knowledge-sharing within the sector: fostering critical thinking and developing innovative new ways of working.    

Kolyang Creative Hub is many things.
It is artist led and artist responsive. 
It offers space to think and explore.
It is emergent and evolving.
It is a space for experimenting with practice, process and models.
It weaves the collective industry together.
It’s about advocacy.
It’s about self-determination.
It’s about making us stronger for the future. 

Born in 2020 during COVID as a response to the lockdowns, the 3-week program facilitates interdisciplinary artistic practice sharing, creative developments, panels & conversations.   

The 2022 edition will be the third of a trilogy – and this year’s activities and cohort will help determine the future shape and legacy of the broader Kolyang program. 

The focus in 2022 will be the seeding and making of work, and enabling creative connections and exchanges amongst the cohort, and indeed the broader sector.  Artists seeking selection will be asked to offer an idea or concept they would like to progress and interrogate during the Hub, or an aspect of their own artistic practice, and why the Hub offers the ideal environment for this to happen. We hope to have a mix of first-time and repeat participants this year, and a smaller cohort than previous editions. 

We also encourage potential participants to consider applying for additional funds to support their ideas during the Hub. 

8-26 August 2022 

Subiaco Arts Centre, WA

EOIs have now closed. Scroll down to meet the 2022 Cohort.

The 2022 cohort

This year, 26 mid-career independent artists from across the State will be paid to participate in the Hub as suits their specific needs, joined by a group of emerging artists from the Diversity Lab.

While in the past the lab targeted culturally diverse artists, the 2022 edition will focus on disabled artists in partnership with My Place. 

2022 Creative Hub participants
Steve Berrick (Boorloo | Perth)
Alex Desebrock (Walyalup | Fremantle)
Jay Emmanuel (Walyalup | Fremantle)
Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson (Boorloo | Perth)
Nathan Gardiner (Wardandi | Bunbury)
Bobbi-Jean Henry (Boorloo | Perth)
Libby Klysz (Boorloo | Perth)
Bernadette Lewis (Boorloo | Perth)
Nigel Luck (Boorloo | Perth)
Talitha Maslin (Goolamrup | Kelmscott)
Amy Mathews (Boorloo | Perth)
Scott McArdle (Boorloo | Perth)
Helah Milroy (Walyalup | Fremantle)

Julia Moody (Boorloo | Perth)
Jo Morris (Boorloo | Perth)
Tegan Mulvany (Boorloo | Perth)
Josten Myburgh (Boorloo | Perth)
Kuda Ndlovu (Boorloo | Perth)
Stephanie Nicholls (Boorloo | Perth)
Rachel Arianne Ogle (Boorloo | Perth)
Dawn Pascoe (Boorloo | Perth)
Rebecca Riggs-Bennett (Boorloo | Perth)
Sky River (Wooditchup | Margaret River)
Bobby Russell (Boorloo | Perth)
Nel Simpson (Boorloo | Perth)
Kiara Thomson (Boorloo | Perth)

2022 Artist Lab participants
Patrick Carter (Boorloo | Perth)
Hugo Flavelle (Walyalup | Fremantle)
Adam Kelly (Walyalup | Fremantle)
Sam Kerr (Walyalup | Fremantle)
Naomi Lake (Kinjarling | Albany)
Grace King (Boorloo | Perth)
Crystal Nguyen(Boorloo | Perth)
Ella Peeters (Boorloo | Perth)
Sarah Pollard(Kaprun country | Southern Cross)
Sam Ren (Boorloo | Perth)

Download the 2022 Kolyang Creative Hub Cohort bios

Find out more about the 2022 Artist Lab participants here


- Open to mid-career and established artists from Western Australia, including Perth metro and regional areas, with a specific project, skill or methodology they would like to explore;
– Open to first-timers and previous participants;
- Attendance is mandatory on Monday 8, Monday 15 and Friday 26 of August 2022 


Each artist will receive a fee of $1,500 + super, and a $100 travel allowance to attend the Hub for a minimum of 6 days across the 3 weeks. Our partners at CircuitWest will support regional artists with up to $1,400 additional support to subsidise travel, accommodation and per diems.  

Creative Hub participants may also be able to access additional financial support (approx. $500) to facilitate collaboration with artists from outside of the cohort, or to use on materials/resources to progress their concept. 

Curated Public Program

A public program of practice-sharing workshops, industry discussions and provocations from the Hub participants and arts leaders is curated each year to encourage open access to our artistic community. 

Click HERE to see our full program for 2022.

If you would like to receive direct information about the program or a specific session, please email

Check out our podcast list below featuring our 2021 program. 

Sector conversations

A key focus of Kolyang in 2021 was to strengthen the sector by engaging in sector-wide discussions and bold conversations, and collectively suggest actions to make our industry better and more cohesive. 

> Read 2021 Kolyang Sector conversation report

In 2022, we will continue to foster those conversations through our public program.

Artist Advisory

An Artist Advisory was established in 2021 to ensure the program was artist-led and responsive. Former member Mel Cantwell is joined by four new artists this year representing a diverse pool of skills and experience, including Bruno Booth, Daisy Sanders, Janine Oxenham and Ella Hetherington as our new Associate Producer. 

Melissa Cantwell

Writer and Director

Melissa is an independent artist with a background in writing, directing and programming. Her recent directorial works include Mary Stuart for Perth Festival and Performing Lines WA and The Arsonists (WAAPA). For her independent company The Kabuki Drop: Whale Fall (Perth Festival and PICA); Nocturna; Slap and Tickle (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); The Average Joe (Fringeworld) and Blink (Winter Arts Festival). As curator: The Elders Project (Fremantle Festival / Art on the Move).  

Her previous roles in the sector include Artistic Director of Perth Theatre Company, Associate Director (PTC) and Program Manager of The Blue Room. She received an Emerging Leader’s fellowship from the International Society for Performing Arts and has been a guest artist and speaker for numerous national organisations and institutions. She has a BA (Film, ECU) and post-graduate Bachelor of Performing Arts (Directing, WAAPA).


Bruno Booth

Contemporary Artist

Bruno has used a wheelchair for most of his life, interrupted by a short and unsuccessful career as an amateur stilt walker when he used prosthetic legs as a child. In his memory these leather and metal devices would not have been out of place on the set of some dystopian, apocalyptic epic – not in a cool and attractive Fury Road sort of way, more like the zombies in the original Walking Dead. The experience of wearing restrictive equipment left him with a dislike of tight fitting clothing, a love of speed and a need to reach over his head in supermarkets – as a child he made the decision to use a wheelchair as his primary mode of transport – and he’s never looked back (probably because he’s too busy looking out for sand pits on dark footpaths).

Having a disability has been a constant background hum throughout Bruno’s life. Kind of like a social tinnitus – you know it’s there but you try not to talk about it. It was only when he started to call himself an artist, without cringing too much, that he began to engage critically with what it meant to be categorised as disabled.



Janine Oxenham


Janine Oxenham is a Malgana Yamatji woman from the Shark Bay area in WA. She has studied dance at both NAISDA college, NSW and WAAPA, WA. She has choreographed and performed as a freelance contemporary Indigenous dancer for numerous festivals in regional WA. In 2015 she mounted the work Willy Willy as part of the Ausdance’s Future Landings project. She has facilitated community dance groups and performed as part of the core crew for the traveling festival Gascoyne In May for the past 9 years.

More Recently, Janine has worked as Movement Director and choreographer for Yirra Yaakin (YY) and Perth Festival productions of Hecate and Panawathi Girl. She is currently working on various independent projects including working on telling stories of the Gondwana link with Annette Carmichael Projects, Josh Pether’s experimental durational work The Reckoning and her own 7-week series Contours, created from traveling and experiencing the country of the Gascoyne. 

Daisy Sanders

Dance and Multidisciplinary Artist

Daisy Sanders is a Boorloo (Perth) based independent artist, a proud senior company member of Sensorium Theatre and a WAAPA graduate (2013 BA Dance with 2017 First Class Honours). She devises immersive choreographic works and is a uniquely joyful multidisciplinary artist working across a variety of roles – performer, creator, director, dramaturg, researcher and teacher. Recent projects include Patch’s Lighthouse (Perth Festival), The Last Great Hunt’s inaugural Gatherer’s Collective, Mám by Teac Damsa (Ireland), GuiShu/BELONG by Steamworks Arts (WA) and HOME by Geoff Sobelle (USA). In 2022 Daisy will be a core artist in Contours – a new work by Janine Oxenham dancing songlines through remote communities in WA’s Gascoyne Region. Daisy’s experience of chronic illness (2015-20) enabled her to develop a unique rest-focused dance practice and a deeply considered approach to building creative ecologies. She draws on this in her work as a passionate emerging arts advocate, facilitator and leader.

Ella Hetherington

Theatre-maker, Director and Performer

Ella Hetherington has worked extensively as an actor, physical performer and contemporary performance maker across a range of performance disciplines. As an actor, devisor and collaborator she has worked with all the major Western Australian theatre companies, The Last Great Hunt, Sensorium, aMoment, Steamworks, littleY, Emma Fishwick, Renegade Productions, Encounter and kdm Industries. She has toured internationally as a physical performer with her own projects and created works with companies such as Patch, La Fura Del Baus, Erth, Legs on the Wall and Force Majeure. Ella has received several Equity nominations for her theatre roles and a Helpmann nomination for The Red Tree.

As a writer she has had works commissioned by WASO, Bizircus, The WA Museum with her first major work ShadowBoxing being commissioned, produced and toured by Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Ella is a casual lecturer in devising at WAAPA.

2021 Podcasts



Video interviews

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Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.