Our Creative Executive is responsible for the over-arching creative direction of Lot19. It includes the Founder and selected members of the Board. This group is informed by members of the Studio and Workshop community and our broader networks.
Lot19 Founder, furniture-maker, boat builder and maker of fine things in wood.
Mark began his professional life as a registered nurse, but gave his creative self the lead, and has been a thriving furniture maker for the past 25 years…
Mark bought the land where LOT19 now stands in 2001 and over the ensuing 20 years has built the 21 studios, gallery, stages, commercial kitchen and auxiliary structures – all with council approval – funding the establishment of LOT19 through his creative work as a maker. Mark then designed, funded and ran the multi-platform arts program at LOT19 for the next 15 years, gauging what worked, improving and experimenting. In an important succession planning step and to consolidate the future of LOT19, Mark recently initiated the formation of Lot 19 Creations Ltd and appointed a Board of Directors.
The Board will eventually inherit Lot19 so that it can continue to serve the people as a not-for-profit community asset, with artists at its heart. Mark formalised his knowledge about arts management, arts infrastructure modelling, arts as industry frameworks, business strategy, economic development strategy and partnerships through serving on the Castlemaine State Festival Board and Goods Shed Development Sub-Committee for 8 years. He is a passionate philanthropist and maker of things, and often refers to his gnarly hands as his ‘weapons of mass construction’.show less >
Dr Bill Sampson
Director & Chair
Bill is a practicing contemporary artist with degrees, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts…
(with Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. As winner of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship he later attended the Slade School of Art, UCL, London. He gained a Ph.D (Melb.) and lectured in Critical and Theoretical Studies in the School of Fine Arts at the VCA. He has exhibited his artwork with solo exhibitions annually (primarily at MARS Gallery, Windsor) over a lengthy period.show less >
Director & Treasurer
Jon has 25 years of experience as a lawyer, executive and leader in 20+ countries, including 10 years with the United Nations, Shell and BP in Europe and Asia.
He has built and led teams globally in law, strategy, policy, regulation, and innovation, with a focus on water, climate, carbon, energy and finance. Jon has extensive governance experience as chair, treasurer, secretary and director in the art, environment, health, sport, and resources sectors – including at the Arena Theatre Company, Australian Conservation Foundation and the Victorian Healthcare Association. He holds five post-graduate qualifications, in governance, finance, investment, climate and international relations.show less >
Director & Secretary
Susan has been a registered and practising health professional for over 15 years. In addition to being Lot19’s
secretary Susan is the secretary of her local Progress Association as well the president of Castlemaine’s traditional brass band. Susan has been involved in the management of Lot19 since 2008 and has been the secretary of the Lot19 not-for-profit incorporated association since its inception.show less >
Dr Helen Bodycomb
Artist, Lot 19 studio artist
Helen is well known as one of Australia’s few contemporary artists working primarily in mosaic and has been a Lot19 studio artist since 2008.
She has been pivotal to re-defining mosaic as an art form in Australia, practicing predominantly in stone and glass but also working in more experimental media exploring ephemera and biodegradability. In 2019 Helen completed her practice-led PhD in Visual Art, her research investigating Mosaic: classical principles and the act of making in contemporary works. Helen is the Victorian Representative for the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand, and has previously served on arts organisation Boards for Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre and Room 4 at Linden Gallery in Melbourne. Helen is also co-founder of Eastern Beach Art House in Geelong, which provides Arts Residencies, B & B to lovers of the Arts and house concerts for boutique audiences. Helen loves gardening and cooking, and leading Mosaic Study Tours in (pre-Covid) Italy.show less >
Arts Broadcaster and Journalist, Creative Collaborator
Suzanne has been an arts broadcaster for over 30 years, working on the various incarnations of the books and arts programs at ABC Radio National…
She also worked for a number of years with the sculptor Frank Veldze on a range of creative projects. Her novel Getting Up was published by Pan MacMillan in 2013.
Since leaving the ABC in 2015, Suzanne has been closely involved with the local Castlemaine Public radio station MAINfm. She presented the award winning ArtSwank program and worked as the Program Manager and Board member. She currently presents two arts and current affairs shows- Hear Say and The Shout Out.
She is honoured to be a member of the wonderful arts community of Castlemaine and the creative heart that is Lot 19.
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Social Enterprise Founder, Organiser, Adventurer
Jane Goodrich is passionate about working with local creative people and groups.
She is a very proud founding member of Castlemaine Circus Inc., and has strong connections to other local groups such as the Castlemaine State Festival, Xtreme Inc Youth Projects, No Lights No Lycra, the Castlemaine Artists Market and Rural Australians for Refugees. Her wide-ranging skillset extends from being a Board Director of Bendigo Bank to being co-founder and co-coordinator of the biennial Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge, the steepest (and best!) Billy Cart Race in Australia. Jane loves playing indoor and outdoor games, kite flying, books and sharing meals with friends.show less >
Lot19 declared a state of Climate Emergency in 2020. This means that we acknowledge the unsustainability of life as it has been lived, and that we need to make changes to secure a sustainable future.
Every managerial and practical decision made in the running of Lot19 needs to be run through this lens, ensuring that we make sustainable choices as a matter of policy. Lot19 is built from recycled materials wherever possible. Otherwise, plantation or reclaimed materials have been used, ethical choices are made at each step. Founder and Owner of the site, Mark Anstey’s industry knowledge as a builder and furniture maker has informed these choices in his role as architect and builder of Lot19. Lot19 is powered by 100% green power, with solar feeding into the grid. Over 400 trees and extensive gardens have been planted and nurtured during the development of the site.
Lot19 is committed to sincere and meaningful reconciliation that is led by Indigenous peoples of this land.
Lot19 has a long and ongoing relationship with Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Auntie Julie McCale, and Katherine Coff, CEO of Nalderun, a service supporting the Aboriginal Community led by Aboriginal people. Lot19 also has an ongoing creative partnership with Indigenous arts organisations Agency (Vic/NT) and Durrmu Arts Centre (NT). Our leadership staff are undertaking important protocol training with Nalderun to ensure ethical development of these presentations. We pay the rent.
Lot19 has complied with Windarring Disability Access – Risk Assessment Process enabling collaborations with the disability community. Infrastructure: gallery, theatre, tram, stage, bar, cafe and 2 toilets are all wheelchair accessible, with approved ramps and turnaround areas. Studios have approved wheelchair access, including the open access studios Castlemaine Clay and Castlemaine Press. There are standard tactile indicators to indicate entrances, exits and steps. Signage and pathways are well lit. Dedicated disabled access carparks onsite. Lot19 strives to better understand, support and respond to needs within the disability community. Windarring deliver mentoring, workshops, exhibitions and interactive events with this local community organisation. Lot19 is developing a plan to dedicate one of its studios to be an appointed and permanent all-access venue.
Get in touch
Lot 19 Arts Precinct is open to wanderers
Friday – Sundays, and for tours, proposals,
and visits by appointment at all other times.
Respect the artist, respect the process,
respect the space.
Lot 19 McShanag Drive
PO Box 937
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