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ARTRAGE Announces New Board Members


ARTRAGE, the producer of FRINGE WORLD Festival and Rooftop Movies, has appointed four new Board Members who will contribute their significant HR, entrepreneurial, and artistic experience to the organisation.

The new Board appointments coincides with ARTRAGE bidding farewell to two Members who have contributed a combined nine years to ARTRAGE. The Board changes are:

  • Renee Wingfield to depart as Non-Voting Board Member and Artist Representatives after almost five years of contribution
  • Howard Cearns to depart as Board Member after almost four years of contribution
  • Brodie McCulloch appointed as a Board Member
  • Zahra Peggs appointment as a Board Member
  • Dean Misdale appointed as a Non-Voting Board Member and Artist Representatives
  • Kevin Wilson appointed as a Non-Voting Board Member

Joining the Board as voting members are entrepreneur Brodie McCulloch and HR professional Zahra Peggs. Brodie McCulloch is the Founder and Managing Director of Spacecubed, a coworking, collaboration and innovation space located in Perth, and he has completed a Churchill Fellowship to explore global models for supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Zahra is the Chief People & Corporate Affairs Officer of TSA Group, Australia’s leading specialist in customer experience consultancy and services. She is an expert corporate communicator, focused on transforming the employee experience in the CX industry.

Dean Misdale and Kevin Wilson have been appointed as Non-Voting Board Member and Artist Representatives, to provide guidance and the vital perspective of the artistic community that ARTRAGE supports.

Dean is a multi-award-winning artist and drag performer who has won Entertainer of the Year at the 2019 Proud Awards and most recently took home the award for best Cabaret and Variety Show at FRINGE WORLD 2022. Dean’s music theatre credits include Killer Queen, We Will Rock You The Musical, Miss Understanding and Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical.

Kevin is a Wongai man from the Goldfields region of WA and an experienced artist, most currently the Creative Director and founding partner of Nani Creative, an Aboriginal-led design agency. Kevin also facilitates youth art workshops, establishing a link to young talent and exposure to the possibilities of creative career options.

“I am thrilled to welcome four new members to the ARTRAGE Board, who all bring exceptional and diverse experience to the organisation.” said Kyle Jeavons, Chair of the ARTRAGE Board.

The past decade has seen ARTRAGE make an incredible impact on our state’s culture and economy through activities such as FRINGE WORLD Festival. The Board is excited to support our talented team to deliver more arts events that enrich and evolve the culture of Western Australia.”

Mr Jeavons paid tribute to departing Board Members Howard Cearns and Renee Wingfield saying, “They have volunteered their time and experience over the past years towards the organisation and its artistic vision. We are grateful for their contribution and wish them well.”

According to Business News, ARTRAGE ranks first in the state’s arts and cultural landscape for operating revenue and third for total patronage.

ARTRAGE has recently completed its Strategic Plan 2023-2026, which outlines the organisation’s goals towards increasing year-round production through an ARTRAGE Projects business stream, and through building pathways for engagement with more audiences, particularly people with accessibility needs, CALD groups and groups that are financially disadvantaged.