DADAA is pleased to announce the appointments of Julie Barratt as Director of Arts Strategy and Chris Williams as Director of Arts.

DADAA’s Executive Director David Doyle says “these appointments expand DADAA’s arts leadership capacity, which is vital as our impact, reach, and level of disability arts programming grow across Western Australia, nationally and internationally”.

Photo of Julie Barratt. Close-up of Julie who has short grey hair and is smiling at the camera.

Julie Barratt, photo: Solange Bagues

Julie Barratt brings a wealth of skills and experience to DADAA. She has significant training and experience in business development and management; community, disability and regional arts; and has worked closely with Aboriginal people with and without disability.

Julie has worked extensively in NSW as the Disability Program Manager for Screenworks, Disability Program Manager for Arts Northwest, and Regional Arts Development Manager for Accessible Arts. She was also the Senior Advisor for the development of the Woorabinda Arts and Cultural Centre in Queensland.

Most recently Julie worked as the Regional Arts Development officer for the Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network, delivering diverse and inclusive arts projects with regional communities.

“I am very excited to be joining the team at DADAA” says Julie. “I’m privileged to have been nurtured by evolving work and collegial relationships grounded in inclusion, collaboration, cultural awareness and a drive for social justice and equity. I bring with me to DADAA a passion and desire to support diverse programming that is accessible and relevant, and which supports a culturally safe workplace.”

Photo of Chris Williams sitting at his desk smiling at the camera. He is wearing a black long-sleeved t-shirt and has short curly brown hair

Chris Williams, Miles Noel Photography

Chris Williams has worked for DADAA since 2004 and was most recently our Creative Producer, leading the arts worker team as well as managing regional and performance projects.

Chris has extensive creative development experience in arts and mental health, community and cultural development, the visual arts and disability theatre practices. Chris has led many of DADAA’s regional programs and produced significant artistic and social outcomes across these communities with people with disability.

Chris has also worked on several of our long-term international partnerships in Hong Kong, Ireland, Bangladesh, and Chile.

Chris says “I am looking forward to my next chapter here at DADAA working with our creative teams and artists to help shape and drive our future direction. We work with a great team of people, I’m truly excited to see where we go.”

DADAA’s Board and Team warmly welcome Chris and Julie to their new roles.

DADAA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk and Yued people of the Noongar nation and the Southern Yamatji Peoples, the traditional owners of the lands upon which DADAA operates. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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