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La Mama Connect 2024

La Mama Connect returns in 2024 offering space for artists to learn, network and grow community.

La Mama Connect aims to build a strong and supportive network within their creative community and foster a nurturing environment for collaboration and growth.


The next CONNECT sessions in 2024 will be held: 

Saturday Sept 21, 1-4pm at La Mama HQ, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton

Wednesday Sept 25,  5-8pm at La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton

Please stay tuned for special guests and further information.


Session: Wednesday April 3, 5-8pm

Caitlin Dullard and Selene Bateman will share budgeting tips and be on hand to answer any questions – how to budget, how to write grants, how to fundraise.  

Caitlin Dullard – CEO/Director of La Mama

Caitlin Dullard began working at La Mama in 2006. Starting out as a volunteer, then working Front of House and went onto roles as Mobile (touring) and Access (community) Producers from 2010. Caitlin was appointed Company Manager/Creative Producer in January 2014, became co-CEO in February 2019, CEO in January 2023 and Artistic Director in April 2023. She has curated La Mama’s Explorations program since 2014 and was Project Manager on the La Mama Rebuild, after the devastating fire of 2018.

Caitlin holds a Masters of Teaching (English and Drama), a Post Graduate Diploma of Arts (Theatre), a Bachelor of Arts (Drama and Literature) and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Arts & Community Engagement at the VCA. Caitlin has also worked with Auguto Boal and trained in Forum Theatre.

She has worked extensively across New Zealand and regional Victoria, devising and presenting works and developing exchange programs and collaborations. Since 2014, Caitlin has produced the site-specific durational version of Uncle Vanya in Avoca, Stieglitz, Eganstown, Bundanon and The Cedars as part of the Adelaide Festival. She has also produced Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country, as part of the Minutes of Evidence Project, in various locations, including on site at Coranderrk. 


Selene Bateman – CEO of Auspicious Arts

Selene Bateman is a highly regarded arts administrator, producer and project manager who has worked in the creative sector for nearly 20 years. She has produced animated tv series, queer cabarets and comedy shows for kids. As the CEO and Senior Client Manager at Auspicious, she has worked with hundreds of artists across art forms and career stages, helping them navigate the funding landscape, get budgets into shape, and manage their projects.  She is also an experienced grant writer, workshop facilitator, and financial manager. 

Auspicious Arts Projects

Auspicious Arts Project Inc was established in 1993 to assist artists undertaking projects within the arts. The intention was to provide artists with all the protection and advantages of working with a larger organisation while still remaining independent and in control of their work. Auspicious offers financial and administrative management for individuals and small art organisations.  This includes assistance with the day-to-day financial aspects of the project. In addition Auspicious offers advice and guidance to artists to the most likely sources of funding, as well assistance preparing budgets for funding applications. Auspicious Arts Projects work with artists from across the spectrum of the arts, and has watched many of its Artists grow in to fully fledged companies of their own right. 


Session: Sat 6th April 1-4pm

Steven Richardson will be offering Fundraising Fundamentals and advice to artists.

Steven Richardson is the Victorian and Tasmanian State Manager, Development and Partnerships for Creative Australia.  To this role Steven brings many years of fundraising experience, having been responsible for raising financial investment in all of his previous executive positions.

Steven’s background spans artistic, producing, and programming roles – including as a director, curator and producer – and this varied experience has given him a multi-dimensional view of successful fundraising strategy and implementation.

As founder of Black Arm Band and Dance Massive, he raised more than $12 million and brokered many significant sustaining partnerships. And as Artistic Associate for Melbourne Festivals, and founding Artistic Director of Arts House, he raised or assisted in raising major financial investment that ensured ongoing artistic vibrancy, and financial health.

After completing a Fine Arts degree and attending VCA School of Dance, Steven’s early career included performing with Danceworks and Dance Exchange then touring the world as a roustabout and performer for Circus Oz. He has served on numerous boards of governance, advisory boards, including five years as Deputy Chair of the Dance Board for the Australia Council for the Arts, the VicHealth Arts Advisory Board, the boards of Melbourne Fringe, Snuff Puppets and many others.


La Mama Connect is FREE but registration required. (so we know how many choccie biccies to have on offer!)

Please email Development & Pathways Manager Myf Powell at myf@lamama.com.au for all enquiries and to register your interest to attend.