People behind the Festival

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival is a promoted by the not-for-profit organisation The Penola Festival Association Incorporated ABN 22 053 590 901, a Federally registered cultural organisation with deductible gift recipient status. The Arts Festival is run purely by a volunteers committee. It relies on the financial support of sponsors, our community and visitors.

Many long hours and hard work goes into creating our Festival each year. We are always looking for fun, creative, people to join!

If you are interested, please contact us: [email protected]

2021 Committee:

  • Simon Weston – President
  • John Mossop – Chairperson
  • Sophie Angus – Secretary
  • Anna Young – Treasurer
  • Lois Hodge – Honorary Life Member’
  • Cathy Schmidt
  • Benedetta Rusconi
  • Jacinta Jenkins
  • Jane Pearce
  • Harriet Mort
  • Anne Miller
  • Lesley Okholm
  • Anna Copping
  • Eliza Berlage

The Committee is also very thankful to have an experienced group of volunteers, who assist in the running of the Festival, many of them past Committee members. Particular thanks to the active roles of:

  • Art Gallery of South Australia appointee – Judge of John Shaw Neilson and Design Prizes
  • Cate Bell – Design Prize steward
  • Graham Adams – Public Officer
  • Katie Moorhouse – Public relations
  • Marg Muller – John Shaw Neilson Prize steward
  • Katie Spain – Judge of Catherine Martin Literary Prize Acquisitive Prize
  • Kat Searcy – Penola Visitor Information Centre
  • Natalie Burgess – Print
  • Vicki McDonald-Burgess – Penola High School Coordinator
  • Sally McDonald – Design and website

We thank all of our volunteers for their generous support.