Company Directors

Rebecca Roth

Chair – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined Board February 2016

Rebecca Roth is a resin jewellery designer and small business operator based in Hobart, Australia. Working for a period of 12 years from her studio and boutique store and Salamanca Market stall Rebecca’s contemporary jewellery range was sold in galleries across Tasmania, Australia and overseas. Rebecca holds extensive sales and marketing experience within the hospitality, tourism and conference and events industries. Rebecca was co-founder of Hobart’s ‘The Market’, a Hobart makers market established in 2009 to help foster and commercialise some of Tasmania’s emerging artists and makers. Rebecca’s passion remains in assisting emerging artists to reach their creative and economic potential.

Rebecca is a former studio and retail resident at Salamanca Arts Centre and has held five years’ experience in curating exhibitions in her former retail space Rebecca Roth Gallery.  Rebecca is an active member in the arts community of Tasmania.

Rebecca most recently worked with St Lukes Health in the role of Business Development Consultant.  Rebecca’s close relationship to Tasmania’s emerging makers and artists coupled with her small business and sales and marketing experience brings to the SAC board a grass roots perspective and leadership of emerging artists’ potential.

Dr Mary Ann Hunter

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board May 2016

Mary Ann Hunter is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education where she teaches and supervises in the fields of arts education and drama and performance studies.  Mary Ann’s research interests focus on the role of the arts and creative practice in education and applied settings.  She is interested in interdisciplinary enquiry and her experience is in qualitative and arts-based methods of research and evaluation in school, industry and community contexts.

Mary Ann has worked across a range of contexts, including in government, freelance media, creative industry and community-based positions. Prior to joining UTAS, she was Lecturer in Drama and Performance at the University of Queensland, where she was also a Research Associate with the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Alongside national and international consultancy work in cultural policy development, mentoring, evaluation and curriculum design, Mary Ann has produced feature programs for ABC Radio National, was a reviewer and State contributing editor for Real Time+Onscreen, and was start-up coordinator for meenah mienne, an arts-based mentoring program founded by Elders and artists supporting Aboriginal young people in the justice system in Tasmania. Mary Ann serves on the editorial panel of About Performance and is an advisory board member and former co-editor of Australasian Drama Studies. A current committee member of Drama Tasmania, she also contributes to community-based initiatives in creative health. Awards include: Teaching Merit Certificate (UTAS), Most Effective Teacher Commendations (UQ), the Australian Philip Parsons Prize for Performance as Research (ADSA), Deans’ List Award for Outstanding PhD Research (UQ), and a Flinders University Medal.

Qualifications include: PhD (1999)‘Anxious futures: Valuing young people and youth-specific performance in Australia’s cultural field’ University of Queensland, Australia; Grad Dip Ed (1992) MacAuley College, Australia; BA (Hons) (1990) Flinders University, Australia; BA (1989) University of Queensland, Australia.

Chris Tassell

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2016

Chris Tassell has extensive experience in arts and cultural heritage management including as Director of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston and Managing Director of the National Trust Tasmania. He has served on a wide range of arts and heritage Boards at regional, state and national level including the Australia Council.
During his time as Museum Director he oversaw the Museum’s redevelopment of the former Tasmanian Railways Workshops at Inveresk, which entailed the insertion of contemporary museum facilities into one of the state’s most significant industrial heritage sites.

Essen Bradbury

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2017

Essen Bradbury works as a legal practitioner with Finlay Watchorn, where he practises in the areas of commercial and property law, and wills and deceased estates. Essen also has a Bachelor of Commerce and has worked with both accounting firms KPMG and BDO. He has also served as chairman of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (Tasmanian division). Essen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, and a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in accounting and corporate governance.

Dr Charlie Burton

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2017

Charlie Burton is a policy advisor at the Tasmanian Council of Social Service, which advocates for the interests of low-income and disadvantaged Tasmanians. Charlie has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University in Canberra and has extensive experience in research, policy and communications roles in Canberra, Sydney and Tasmania.

Between 2009 and 2014 Charlie ran a photography business, which focused on portraits, weddings and documentary work. Charlie believes strongly in the role of the arts in contributing to wellbeing in communities, and brings to the SAC Board skills in creating and strengthening initiatives and relationships that help to achieve this.

Rachel Edwards

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2017

Rachel Edwards is the editor in chief of Transportation Press, is the Non-fiction editor of Open Road Review, South Asia’s leading magazine of literature and culture, a regular guest on ABC radio discussing books and publishing, and was host of the long running Book Show on Edge Radio, in the guise of Paige Turner.

Rachel is a freelance writer and reviewer and her work has appeared in The Australian, on Radio National and in The Mercury. She is a former editor of Island Magazine and guest-edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction which featured Tasmanian authors exclusively. She runs a consultancy on the writing, editing and publishing processes and has worked as Writer in Residence with younger onset dementia clients at Alzheimer’s Tasmania.

Kate Berger

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2018

Kate’s career paths include nursing, teaching ceramics, retail management and home executive. She has a Masters degree in Art in Public Space from RMIT, her project focusing on the integration of art into the health care environment. This progressed to becoming an ongoing business venture before she relocated to Hobart.

Kate enjoyed teaching ceramics to adults & children, which was her full time occupation for several years, but prefers to retain her creative craft as an exhibiting ceramicist and sells her work in a local gallery. She currently works as an operating theatre nurse.

Image Credit: Photograph by Nicole Robson. Artwork by Lindsay Broughton.


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