DADAA is delighted to welcome two new directors to its board, Michelle Broun and Aurelio Costarella. Together they bring a wealth of experience and add more diverse voices to the DADAA Board.
(l-r) Michelle Broun and Aurelio Costarella
Michelle Broun is a proud Yindjibarndi women living and working on Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodja. Michelle has worked at many levels and across many platforms to produce, promote and present Aboriginal arts and culture. She is a curator, cultural planner and creative producer. She is currently the Curator of Australian First Nations Art at John Curtin Gallery, focusing on research, presentation and community engagement related to the collection of artworks produced by the child inmates of the Carrolup Native Settlement, and helping to develop The Carrolup Centre for Truth-telling.
Michelle has had a long association with DADAA and says that she admires DADAA’s work and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. As Curator of Australian First Nations Arts at Curtin University Gallery and a board member of Marrugeku, together several decades of experience working in the arts, she says it’s a chance to give back to another special and important organisation in WA’s cultural landscape. “DADAA’s philosophy of equal rights and opportunities aligns with mine, especially in relation to the rights of Aboriginal people. And of course, I love the arts. I expect I will learn many things from DADAA. And it will allow me to impart some of my knowledge to the organisation to help further diversify the organisation, like Aboriginal staff, arts workers and more Aboriginal artists too – the potential for more collaborative projects is really exciting.”
Aurelio Costarella is an internationally renowned Australian designer and artist, whose work has been showcased on runways globally, in numerous exhibitions and publications, and is housed in public collections including the WA Museum Boola Bardip, Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria.
In 2015 Aurelio decided that it was time to talk openly about his life-long struggle with mental un-wellness and was soon appointed as Ambassador for Lifeline and continues to speak and advocate for those living with mental health issues. Since shuttering his fashion business in July 2017, Aurelio has also shifted his focus to developing his art practice, currently working on a series of abstract mixed media on canvas and paper.
Aurelio’s extensive business experience and mental health advocacy leave him well-qualified to support the DADAA’s Board as it drives the organisation’s strategic direction. ‘I’m delighted to join the DADAA board as a lived experience, mental health advocate and art practitioner. Working with a strong and diverse board dedicated to shaping paths for persons of varying abilities is something that fills me with a great sense of purpose.’
Dr Scott Hollier, Chair of the DADAA Board, joins with the Board and DADAA staff in welcoming Michelle and Aurelio.
image: (top) Karen McCullough, Lava Flow, 2020, mixed media on paper, 90 x 42 cm. Courtesy the artist.