Thursday, July 28, 2016



What we do

The Gertrude Association (not for profit) is a volunteer run group dedicated to exhibiting contemporary new media. Since 2008, it has produced outdoor site-specific projection-art events that exhibit professional, emerging and community artists. The Association’s premier event is the annual Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Other events have been produced in Melbourne and on King Island as part of the Tasmanian Arts Festival, Ten days on the Island. Various team members have a range of projects in development.

The Gertrude Association aims:

  • to produce and exhibit media art projects;
  • to encourage, develop, and mentor local and community artists;
  • to present free out door art experiences;
  • to support the culture and community services of Gertrude Street;
  • to share all that with other communities.



Board Members – The Gertrude Association

Ms Kym Ortenburg
(CEO The Gertrude Association) Kym is an experienced producer of festival events and documentaries. She has worked as a freelance corporate documentary producer, director, writer, script editor, researcher and project manager on a wide variety of community, arts and corporate video projects. She practiced law in Victoria from 1988 to 1997 when she left the law to complete her Masters degree in Film and Television at AFTRS. She co founded the Gertrude Association in 2007 and is the producer of the annual Gertrude Street Projection Festival. 

Mr Bernie Phelan (Secretary )
Freelance Commercial Photographer, committee member for the Gertrude St Projection Festival and until very recently a Gertrude Street trader. Bernie has a keen interest in community art projects. 

Professor Niki Ellis (Vice Chairperson)
CEO of the Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research at Monash University, Niki is an occupational physician and a public health physician. She was the Inaugural President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Foundation Director and Professor of the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health at the University of Queensland. Before becoming an academic she worked for 10 years in the private sector as a consultant and prior to that for 10 years in government. Oxford University Press commissioned her to write Work and Health: Management in Australia and New Zealand, which was published in 2001. She co-developed and presented a four-part television series for the ABC, Stressbuster. 

Ms Joh Kirby Chairperson)
Joh Kirby is the Victorian Law foundation’s Executive Director, a role that she has held since 2008. Before her appointment, Joh was the Grants Manager at the foundation for two years and a lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. She has a strong interest in community education and publishing which she developed working in Arts conservation before qualifying as a lawyer. In 2010 Joh was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice in community legal education and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Ms Fiona Hillary
Since completing her Masters of Arts – Art in public space at RMIT, Fiona has developed a keen research interest in the use of public space, particularly contested spaces and the implications of artistic engagement. She was the founding Co-ordinator of Signal Youth Arts Studio, the City of Melbourne’s most recent youth arts project and is responsible for co-ordinating the Painting and Public Art program within the Diploma of Visual Art at RMIT.

Ms Joanna Gould
Joanna has been working in the creative community of Australia for the last eight years gaining expertise in diverse areas from larger public spaces to intimate art collectives. During that time she has been in creative positions in areas of events, gallery management, arts administration and curation. This has included working in such positions as Curatorial Assistant for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Committee Member for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, and Acting Director at Utopian Slumps and Creative Producer of a temporary bar at Melbourne Fringe Festival. Most recently Joanna has taken up a position as Executive Assistant at Regional Arts Victoria Along with these positions she has been active in working as a freelance curator, administrator and producer for many placements around Melbourne and worked with various venues including; No Vacancy Gallery, Platform Gallery, The Workers Club, Screenspace, Donkey Wheel House, Kinfolk & RMIT.

Ms Yandell Walton
Yandell Walton is an accomplished projection installation artist exhibiting regularly in galleries and non-traditional public spaces both in Australia and internationally. Currently studying for her Master of Arts in Fine Art, over the last 2 years Yandell has exhibited work in White Night Festival 2013, Midsumma, Melbourne Festival, Experimenta, Gertrude St Projection Festival. Digital Graffiti (USA) and NGV.

Ms Charlotte Hilder (Treasurer)
Charlotte works for Brimbank Council in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, as the Youth Arts & Events Officer, where she produces and delivers a range of youth arts programs and events. Charlotte has been working in community arts for over 10 years for various government, youth & community organisations. With a diverse and creative career in the Arts working on films such as ‘Where the Wild things Are , as well as exhibiting her artistic work around Melbourne in collage and photography.



The Gertrude Association
PO Box 1680 Collingwood 3066
T 0414 893 075 
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Aim Three

To present free outdoor art experiences - so we can all share and enjoy

Aim One

To produce and exhibit media art projects and encourage, develop and mentor local artists

Aim Two

To support the culture and community services of Gertrude St.  

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