Outlandish Arts is a disabled-led, arts organisation.
Purpose Unsettling normal
Vision Disabled-led art affirms its place in building a better world
What we do Create art that sparks revelation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair GAELLE MELLIS is an award-winning theatre designer and maker, valued as a cultural leader within both the disability arts and mainstream arts sectors. She created Australia’s first performance incorporating ‘aesthetic access’, the award-winning Take Up Thy Bed and Walk. Her design work includes the world premiere of Ancient Rain starring Irish chanteuse, Camille O’Sullivan, and iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly for the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival. Gaelle is an access consultant and has worked with Adelaide Fringe Parade, Adelaide Film Festival and Australia Council for the Arts.
Founding Director and Company Secretary GAELE SOBOTT PhD is an independent producer and curator with national and international experience in multi-art forms. Through her cultural leadership, Gaele has achieved significant standing in the Deaf and disabled arts sector. She is a writer who has published a range of acclaimed works including Colour Me Blue and My Longest Round, short stories and poetry. She was an artist in residence at Google Australia and co-editor of /dɪsˈrʌpt/, an online platform for D/deaf and disabled artists, with Verity La. She serves on the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the State Library of NSW and on the Blacktown City Council Arts Advisory Committee.
Treasurer FETHI RABHI PhD is a professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He is the founder of the FinanceIT@UNSW Initiative and a member of the Service-Oriented Computing Research Group. His research areas include Data Science, Software Engineering and Software Applications in Finance, Economics and Media. Fethi is interested in Middle Eastern and North African music and is a member of the Sydney Andalus Arabic Choir.
Director of the Board KEN CANNING is a Murri writer, poet and activist. His people are from the Kunja Clan of the Bidjara Nation in south-west Queensland, Australia. His Bidjara name is Burraga Gutya. Ken worked as an academic and cultural adviser at the University of Technology Sydney and as a support worker at the Judge Rainbow Memorial Fund. His poetry publications include Ngali Ngalga and Yimbama. His first major play, 49 Days a Week, was showcased at the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival 2017. Ken has an MA in Social Science and Aboriginal Oral History.
Director of the Board MARTIN SAWTELL has over twenty year’s experience as an arts and cultural development practitioner, arts manager and disability arts worker. He has worked both in local government roles and Not for Profit arts development organisations including; Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, Community Arts Network of SA, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and most recently, Access2Arts. Martin is passionate about empowering Deaf and disabled people to live their best life by dismantling barriers that exclude and prevent equitable participation in arts and culture.