Q&A with artist Bronwyn Ward

Artist Bronwyn Ward 288010_02 PICTURE: STEWART CHAMBERS

1. What is something people don’t know about you?

I know how to drive a canal boat.

2. Tell us about your role as an artist?

My role is to facilitate human connection. Either through my art or as an arts worker supporting communities or other artists. I am a passionate advocate for the important role of arts and culture in the preparedness and recovery of communities dealing with the impacts of a disaster.

3. What has been your most memorable moment in your career? Why?

Seeing the realisation of public art outcomes in a disaster impacted community I was working in. Ideas which began as post-it notes were developed into projects and ultimately delivered by community for community. It was a privilege to be a part of that journey, I learnt so much.

4. What do you love most about living in the Yarra Ranges?

It would have to be the natural spaces. I never have a day where I don’t feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

5. What are some of your hobbies?

I don’t get much time for hobbies, does hunting through op shops for hidden treasures count?!

6. What event, past, present, or future, would you like to witness?

The life of my daughter as she grows up. I want to see as much of that as I can.

7. Who do you admire the most?

I have been lucky to have many great mentors in my life, but it would have to be my Nan. She’s everything I want to be when I grow up.

8. What is an important issue in the region you think needs exposure?

The protection of our beautiful natural environment through community led disaster preparedness and resilience building.