People behind our 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 by a volunteer committee who give their time, skills and experience for the success of the Festival. It relies on the financial support of sponsors, friends, our community and visitors.

We are always looking for fun, creative, people to join! If you are interested, please contact us: [email protected]

2022 Committee:

  • John Mossop – Chairperson
  • Jacinta Jenkins – Deputy Chairperson
  • Peta Baverstock – Joint Secretary
  • Kat Searcy – Joint Secretary
  • Anna Young – Treasurer
  • Lois Hodge – Honorary Life Member
  • Anna Copping
  • Benedetta Rusconi
  • Cate Bell
  • Cathy Schmidt
  • Jill Mooney
  • Lesley Okholm
  • Natalie Burgess
  • Peter Muller
  • Simon Weston
  • Sophie Angus
  • Skye Mcpherson
  • Tom Edwards
  • Ulrich Grey-Smith
The Committee is also very thankful to have an experienced group of additional volunteers, who assist in the running of the Festival, many of them past Committee members. Particular thanks to the active roles of:
  • Sally McDonald- Style Guide
  • Graham Adams – Public Officer
  • Isabell Heysen – John Shaw Neilson prize packer and hanger
  • Justin McDonald – John Shaw Neilson prize packer and hanger
  • Katie Moorhouse – Public relations
  • Jen McCulloch- Social Media
  • Marg Muller – John Shaw Neilson Prize steward
  • Vicki McDonald-Burgess – Penola High School coordinator
  • Sarah Walker
  • Rachell Cheyne

We thank all of our volunteers for their generous support.