Meet the team

Susan Robbins

Susan Robbins


Susan has been involved with the arts for many years. She has been a board member of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Varuna: The Writers’ House at Katoomba.

Susan has worked as a high school teacher-librarian, in a bookshop, as a publicist for Pan Macmillan publishers and as the coordinator of research services at Western Sydney University library. While not an artist herself, she appreciates most forms of artistic expression, from art to music, and theatre to literature. Susan has lived in the mountains for 20 years and still loves every moment.

Julianne McWhirter

Vice President

Julianne McWhirter is a Blue Mountains artist who works in digital imaging. Julianne completed a Diploma of Professional Photography in 2017 from the Photography Institute Australia. She commenced practising her art full-time after stepping away from her corporate career in IT Operations and Facilities Management.

Julianne has been involved in the running of bentART for several years and is passionate about giving back to a community that matters.

Julianne McWhirter
Susan Atherton

Sue Atherton


Despite being more at home with numbers than a canvas or a camera, Sue has been a strong supporter of bentART for over 11 years. She has enjoyed seeing the annual bentART exhibition evolve from humble beginnings to the strong and vibrant exhibition that it now is, an exhibition that attracts artists from all over Australia.

When Sue is not at work or volunteering at a local community organisation, she is usually out exploring one of the many trails close to her home in the Blue Mountains. Sue has worked in various finance roles in the not-for-profit sector and brings a wealth of experience to the role of Secretary.

Richard Kallio


Richard has worked in the not-for-profit sector in an administration role for many years. While he enjoys working in different art mediums, it’s mostly for his own enjoyment. Richard moved to the Blue Mountains 3 years ago and loves exploring the area.

Richard Kallio
Kathleen MacDonald

Kathleen MacDonald

Committee Member

Kathleen is a photographer and mixed media artist. She is involved with a variety of creative community groups, including the Lemon Zest women’s handicraft group, Vocal Edge Blue Mountains women’s chorus and Toolo Library in Katoomba. She currently works in the university sector as a research grants consultant.

She has been involved with bentART as a member, volunteer and exhibiting artist since its early beginning, and values its unique place in the Blue Mountains arts and LGBTQI+ communities.

Louise MacLean

Committee Member

Louise has a background in corporate HR and more recently, as a business
owner specialising in woodwork using mainly recycled timber, her favourite
being old fence palings – letter boxes, possum and bird boxes, wall clocks,
coffee tables – just a few of her creations.

Louise is also a past bentART member having served for three years on the
committee. She now enjoys working part-time and renovating her little
mountain cottage in Bullaburra.

Louise MacLean

Katrina Bodey

Committee Member

Katrina is an emerging visual artist, living in the Blue Mountains. She is currently studying ceramics and printmaking at Nepean TAFE, as well as facilitating the Life Drawing Glenbrook at the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre (BMCAC). She also works as an installer at the Penrith Regional Gallery.

Katrina has a background as an industrial chemist and spent her career in various technical and business management roles. She is an avid bushwalker and loves being around creative people.

Sue Outhwaite

Committee Member

Sue joined the Greater Blue Mountains community when she moved from inner city Sydney a few years ago.
She has a background in vocational education training including adult education, policy development and program management. She is interested in all aspects of the visual arts and is a keen photographer and a dedicated movie hound.

Alison Wheeler

Committee Member

Alison has been involved in the Blue Mountains arts community through circus and physical theatre.  She was initially involved in Juggling Jam and  Circo Blurto Youth Circus.  Alison was one of four trainers for a project which led to the creation of Ruby Bloomers Women’s Circus.  She founded, produced and directed the Cirquinox Circus Festival in 2006, 2007 & 2008.  Alison has a background in international hotel management.  She later ran a local business as a massage therapist, worked in community development in outback N.S.W. and has travelled around the world by bicycle and boat.  

Malcolm Horner

Committee Member

Malcolm attended school in Glenbrook and Blaxland and returned as a full-time mid-mountains resident in 2022.

He is an art director in the advertising industry specialising in motion design. He has studied art at the post-graduate level and has been a sessional lecturer in Industrial Design for over 20 years.

He is fascinated by the role of art and artists at a community level. Especially by how artistic self-expression can be cathartic and challenging, whilst also providing engagement and connection.

Pavels Anetko

Committee Member

Pavels trained as a medical doctor and now works in the clinical trial industry.

Originally from Riga, Latvia, he has previously resided in Blackheath before settling in the mid mountains.

As a medical professional, he is keenly aware of the importance of creativity in its many varied forms. By challenging accepted norms we are able to find fresh and innovative opportunities. He is a strong advocate and consumer of the arts and is especially inspired by grass-roots community expression.