Kultour is a national organisation committed to advancing cultural diversity in the arts in Australia.
Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body.
Julie Tipene -O'Toole - CEO
Julie was appointed CEO in April and joined Kultour in May 2012. She is a strategic and creative thinker who brings a wealth of experience to the role as an artist, administrator and arts leader.
Prior to Kultour Julie worked for the Victorian State Government (2007/12) and was a central member of the Koori Business Network (KBN), within the Department of Business and Innovation. Her work extended to the development of new programs and services that focused on building opportunities for greater Indigenous economic participation.
Her achievements include the brokerage of strategic partnerships between the KBN and organisations across Australia, New Zealand and Canada dedicated to the exchange of research knowledge and experiences within the specialist area of Indigenous entrepreneurship. This culminated in the negotiation of a two-year research partnership with RMIT University.
With 12 years experience working in local government across a range of positions with Melbourne, Yarra Ranges and Nillumbik Councils, she has a deep understanding of the issues impacting urban and rural communities. She was instrumental in establishing the Victorian Corporate Planners Network and is a graduate of the 2006 Local Government Emerging Leaders Program.
Julie provides a dynamic combination of creative and strategic thinking, working across culturally diverse communities as well as a deep understanding of the Indigenous Australian context.
Kultour Chair Caroline Stacey says; “Julie is an outstanding individual who brings a wealth of experience to the CEO role and Kultour. A dynamic and strategic thinker, Julie possesses the personal and professional qualities to take a leading role in advocating for cultural diversity in the arts in Australia and move Kultour to the next stage of its development.”
Marcus Hughes - Program Manager
Marcus is a multi-skilled and energetic arts strategist who has developed an exceptional reputation for excellence in organisational management, sector development and advocacy – whilst maintaining his own dynamic artistic practice.
Initially, trained as a dancer, he has been engaged by organisations throughout Australia and the United Kingdom in the capacity of Director, Administrator, Playwright, Choreographer, Music Director, Composer, Performer, Educator, Facilitator, Mentor, Curator, Advocate and Consultant.
Most recently, he has fulfilled the role of Producer – Indigenous Cultural Programs at Footscray Community Arts Centre – following on from engagements as Associate Artistic Director for the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts – Australia’s only institution delivering vocational training to aspiring Indigenous performing artists in all streams of the practice, from Cert II to Associate Diploma levels – and the Interim CEO of Melbourne-based Phunktional Arts.
From October 2003 to April 2011, Hughes held the position of Executive Director of the Australia Dance Council – Ausdance Queensland Inc - Australia’s peak arts organisation representing the interests of all sectors of the Australian dance community.
Throughout 2007/2008 he functioned as the Program Director of the World Dance Alliance Global Summit 2008 – Dance Dialogues: Conversations across cultures, artforms and practices and was the Artistic/Project Director for the Queensland Arts Council’s flagship community-engagement program – Playing for Queensland from 2002 to 2007.
Jacob Tolo - Communications and Engagement Coordinator
Jacob was born in the Pacific Island of Samoa and was raised in Auckland (NZ). Studying Graphic Design at Auckland Institute of Technology (now AUT) and Post Graduate study at Melbourne’s Swinburne University in Multi-Media Design. An award winning designer Jacob is also a visual artist and curator. With 20 years experience in Design for advertising, publishing and branding working across both print and online platforms.
Co-founder and Co-Director of the Indigenous-run arts space Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne), Jacob’s curatorial interest and arts practice is in Contemporary Pacific Art and Culturally Specific Design. Jacobs Design practice has won awards with a focus on culturally specific design with his own company ‘Design Tologata’ and also works as an Art Director for Indigenous New Media Production house Sista Girl Productions, working with local Indigenous organisations.
Recent curatorial projects include 'Meleponi Pasifika' at the Indonesian Contemporary Arts Network (ICAN) in Yogyakarta and 'Tino ile Va' at Alcaston Gallery (Melbourne).
Jacob is a co-founder and the Visual Arts Coordintor for the annual 'Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival' (CPAF) - a national festival and symposium held in Melbourne with a focus on Australian artists of Pacific heritage across all contemporary artforms.
Jacob’s arts practice is reflective of his design background and fascination with representation of Pacific culture by outsiders. His curatorial focus for the future is to work closely with his own community of Pacific artists from Australia and internationally as an inroad to a deeper understanding of his own culture.
Kevin Nelson - Accountant
Kevin is the longest serving member of the team and has been with Kultour since 2010. He brings a wealth of corporate and not for profit sector experience with him and is semi-retired and enjoys lawn bowls.