The Kimberley is a vast and spectacular region in North Western Australia. It is home to intrepid and creative people who are inspired by the region’s ancient landscape, frontier heritage and strong communities. KAN supports and promotes artists and organisations across the region to enhance the culture and life of the Kimberley.
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KAN was launched in 2018 by a group of dedicated volunteers who aim to increase exposure, skills and open up new markets for our creative Kimberley community. KAN supports the annual Broome Fringe Festival, regular networking events, hosts visiting artists and promotes and advances Kimberley art practice in a variety of ways. Members gain the opportunity to be part of a diverse network of creative individuals and gain exposure and opportunity to participate in a variety of events and exhibitions across the year.

As a not for profit organisation, KAN is inclusive and supportive of all makers and creators and embraces those who want to participate and support Kimberley arts.

Our Members

Our Committee

蔡 Chris Maher - Chair

Chris likes to think of himself as an art provocateur. While he paints his greatest passion is provoking thought through art, especially through installation and public art.  Chris has a long association with the Broome community through Shinju Matsuri and other public events and programs.

Naomie Hatherley - Deputy Chair

Naomie is a practicing artist and works in education. She is passionate about the power of creative arts in fostering a healthy connected community.

James Carpenter - Secretary

James has have lived in Broome for 15 years and is never leaving: “I love it!” A a keen fisherman, a cricket tragic and lover of the arts. James enjoys organising and attending events and am hopes to encourage more live original music across the Kimberley especially in the new KAN Shed.

Amy Andison - Treasurer

Amy has lived in the Kimberley for 12 years, and is an active member of the Broome community. Amy works at Magabala Books as the Development and Projects Manager and also has professional and board experience in Community Development, and with Not-For-profit community organisations, managing large program budgets and successful grant management. She is excited to increase her connection to the Kimberley arts community and be inspired to try new creative projects

Chrissy Carter - Board Member

Chrissy is a multidisciplinary artist and art facilitator. She has been facilitating in her home-based studio Broome Art Club and across the kimberley for 8 years. Chrissy focussed heavily on the natural world in their 3D works and Exhibits in Broome and across WA.

Neda Mei Shun Loh - Board Member

Neda’s professional bio coming

Carly Day- Board Member

Carly runs the ‘Artists Away from Home’ program and has worked in Indigenous Art Centres for many years. She is passionate about arts development and knows the challenges and rewards of strong networks and partnerships.

Steven Cutts - Board Member

Steven has lived in the Kimberley since 2011. As an artist, he uses photography and other creative processes to develop long- term projects, and has won the Shinju Matsuri Award Photography 4 times. Steven has collaborated with local organisations on community engagement and public art programs.

Sheree Ford - Board Member

Sheree has lived in the Kimberley for the past 6 years, 3 years here in Broome and 3 years before that in Bidyadanga. She has spent most of her career working in remote Indigenous art centres and teaching art in remote community schools. Sheree currently works at Nagula Jarndu as the studio coordinator.

Clancy McDowell - Executive Officer

Clancy first arrived in the Kimberley from Sydney over 20 years ago.  She came with a background in fine arts and film production and has continued to work in arts and communications with a range of local organisations and the ABC.  In 2020 Clancy established herself as a consultant and focussed on working with arts and community engagement, developing projects she is passionate about. Working with KAN is a great match as Clancy uses her skills, experience and connections to grow and support the vibrant local arts sector.

Annual Reports


KAN AnnualReport 2021            KAN AnnualReport 2022

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