Meet some of the talented artists who give their heart and soul to Bluebird Foundation projects:
Bron Lawson (Program Manager) BMus (Therapy) Hons, BEd
A founding member of Bluebird Foundation, Bron Lawson develops and manages arts projects that respond to community needs and galvanise collaboration amongst local organisations, businesses and individuals. Her creative work has touched many organisations including Bluebird Foundation, Kids Plus, the Geelong Youth Choir and Noah's Ark. She is an experienced and passionate practitioner, facilitating parent-child music groups and music education programs in classroom and choral settings.
Bryan Anderson is a registered music therapist and has a broad range of experience working individually and in groups with children, adults and older adults. He has set up music therapy programs in both Geelong and Melbourne. Bryan is also an experienced piano teacher with a particular focus on therapeutic teaching for children and adults with additional needs. As a performer, Bryan plays piano, drums, guitar, sings and dabbles in a number of other instruments. He has played in a variety of bands from traditional Swiss folk music to original metal; as well as composing for film, theatre and small groups.
Singer-songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Levi Anderson performs as the front-man of The Kite Machine and the lead guitarist in Rach Brennan & The Pines. He studied an Advanced Diploma of Music and has been crafting his skills for almost 20 years, working as a professional musician, producer and mixing engineer. His vast knowledge and experience in the music industry has hugely benefited his work in the studio having mixed and mastered dozens of projects as well as working as a session guitarist, bassist and drummer.
Rach Brennan is a singer-songwriter and front woman for her band Rach Brennan & The Pines. She has toured throughout Australia, Europe and the UK and has just released her debut album 'Here's to Better Times & Seeing Better Places’. Alongside working in the music industry and performing, Rach is inspired when teaching songwriting and music to young musicians and has been working with The Bluebird Foundation in many capacities over the last four years.
Luke Elliot is an art maker, actor, facilitator, therapist and counsellor. He has thirty years of experience working with others to create art and theatre and has developed those skills and experiences into therapeutic practice and counselling. He has worked with young and old to make art and supports people to use art-making to inquire into their lives, self, others and relationships to understand values, wants and needs. Luke loves working with others and exploring art-making to enhance life and because it’s fun.
Caroline is a sculptural fibre artist, basket weaver and art facilitator.Trained in 3D design in London, she has been creating and teaching art for 30 years. Her work encompasses a blend of sustainability and cultural craft practices, informed by a fascination global weaving techniques. A Diploma in Sustainability has informed its integration within her practice; materials and method choices as well as developing themes for her art. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, believing that practicing art and crafts can form an important part of person’s identity and support their wellbeing.
Kate has been involved with the arts for the last 40 years, engaging in many different mediums over this time. She has been facilitating art groups for the last 10 years in school art rooms and in her current role at Leisure Networks with all abilities. Her infectious personality and can-do attitude brings out the best in every artist.
Liz McGrath BEd (Art/Craft)
An experienced art teacher and community artist, Liz delights in finding ways for others to get creative. Each week she works from a number of platforms, with people ranging from pre-schoolers to seniors, with teenagers and parents, and with children and adults who have special needs. Connected to Bluebird since 2013 Liz also juggles roles with genU, Barwon Valley School and GPAC, and on the major art events Mountain to Mouth and Geelong After Dark. She loves engaging schools and organisations on community art projects and has a special interest in diversity and arts access.
Di was born in Launceston, Tasmania to a Dutch organist and a jazz pianist. She was destined to have music play a vital role in her life. The family moved to Melbourne when Di was about to start school, growing up in Gladstone Park and after many moves along the way, has resided in the Geelong area for the past 6 years. Di is kept busy running two businesses, Surf Coast Bookkeeping and School of Uke but also makes time to volunteer with Barwon Health in the Children's Ward at University Hospital along with Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff, sharing her love of music and the ukulele. Di runs ukulele workshops and private lessons from Bluebird House and is a member of the Committee of Management.
Mel is a registered music therapist and is passionate about supporting all people to be involved in music. She co-founded the band, “The Rockheads” with a group of young people with disabilities and the band has performed numerous gigs including the “Diversity Rocks” music festival. She has run several community singing groups and currently teaches in the music therapy course at Melbourne University. She has a private music therapy practice in Geelong working with NDIS participants. She plays the guitar and sings.
Bronte brings his love for creating and working with people of all ages to Bluebird Foundation. He has been in various roles in the creative industry including designing, photographing, illustrating, writing and teaching. He has written and illustrated several self-published children’s books including, ‘The Broken Horse’. He works for a printing company doing photography and graphic design, has operated as a freelance artist in varied roles and has trained students in art, design and media. Bronte is passionate about art and sharing his wealth of knowledge.