Current employees are: 

Jayne Nankivell - Acting Director

Jayne has been involved with community cultural development projects throughout the Katherine region over the past 20 years as the inaugural officer of Katherine Regional Arts, presenting projects such as ‘Lets Go to the Outback’, ‘Slow Tucker Long Yarn’ and ‘Paint the Sky’. 

As an independent artist, Jayne has worked throughout the region to promote the artistic development of isolated women, assisting them to develop their art and craft projects.  This work resulted in her running the successful Barthulha Webs project for 5 years, which provided an opportunity for regional and remote women to participate in and tutor in an artists camp that focussed on printing and weaving and aimed to build stronger networks for women of the Katherine region and the Northern Territory. 

Jayne dedicated 12 years to progress opportunities for arts and cultural in the Katherine region as Project Officer progressing the development of the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre. 

Since the opening of the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in 2012, Jayne has been actively involved as a staff member assisting with the strategic and operational  development of the centre under the direction of Director Cath Bowdler. 

Clare Armitage - Curator & Retail Manager

Clare studied Art Theory at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, where she completed research in interdisciplinary art practices involving theatre and puppetry. Clare is a student at the Australian National University where she is completing a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies. She has worked in commercial art galleries in Sydney, Darwin and Canberra and is interested in indigenous art. She is currently undertaking a twelve month Curatorial Fellowship at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre.

Sarah Dunne - Venue Hire & Retail Officer

Sarah was born in Wales, and has spent the last nine years living in different parts of Australia. Sarah comes from a background in events and marketing, and works on GYRACC’s corporate venue hire, in our shop, and on special events.

For the last two years Sarah has lived in Katherine with her husband, two children, two cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon.

Sharlene Philips - Venue Hire & Retail Assistant

Sharlene Phillips was born in Derby in Western Australia, but her mother is a Karajarri woman, from Bidyadanga in the Kimberley, and her father is a Yindjibarndi man from Roebourne in the Pilbara. Sharlene grew up in Broome. Sharlene has worked for GYRACC over the last 5 years assisting with administration, front of house, venue hire, special events and in our shop. Sharlene loves our visual arts exhibitions and is interested in undertaking training in this area. Sharlene also works at the Katherine Visitor Centre welcoming people to our town.

For the last 12 years Sharlene has lived in Katherine with her husband, a Wardaman man, and her three children.