About Us

The Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) was established in 2013 (incorporated on 25 April 2015) in response to the growing need for an innovative new model of care in veterans’ wellbeing. As a veteran run charity and Public Benevolent Institution, ANVAM supports the mental, physical and social wellbeing of current and former service members and families through community-based facilitated Arts engagement.

ANVAM’s whole-of-life approach incentivises wellness and promotes social connectedness through Arts programs and mentoring for all ages and abilities. Programs focus on the creative process and journey to empower veterans and develop hope, purpose and pride.

Through the Arts, ANVAM showcases the stories of veterans unique, lived experiences during and post-service educating the community of the sacrifices of service and triumph over adversity.

ANVAM works collaboratively with other organisations to build new networks and relationships for veterans after service. ANVAM actively seeks partnerships across the Arts and health spectrums to collaboratively develop thought leadership, research and opportunities for veterans and families to thrive through the Arts.

ANVAM’s vision is to establish a national cultural institution, centre for wellbeing and home for veterans Arts in the unused former Repatriation Commission Outpatient Clinic at 310 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. In the heart of Melbourne’s Arts precinct and opposite the Shrine of Remembrance the property has always been synonymous with veterans’ wellbeing and is considered a sacred place in the veteran community. When operational again 310 St Kilda Road will be a self-contained cultural institution promoting wellness with galleries, studios, artist-in-residence and a reflection room. Here veterans will be supported by ANVAM in their Arts engagement while the rich history of veterans’ Arts is showcased.

LTGEN Ash Power AO CSC (Retd) (Patron)

Ash Power graduated from RMC Duntroon into the Royal Australian Artillery and retired after a 40-year career as Lieutenant General in the role of Commander Joint Force Operations. He has held a number of command and operational appointments including Chief of Staff in Bougainville on Operation BELISI, Colonel Operations for INTERFET in East Timor. Director, Combined Planning Group, US Central Command, Tampa, Fla. (awarded the United States Legion of Merit), Commander of the 1st Division and Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, Commander Training Command – Army, Head Military Strategic Commitments, Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Partnering, International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ash was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for service as the Commanding Officer of the 4th Field Regiment and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

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LTCOL Barham Ferguson (Retd) (Ambassador)

Commissioned at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Barham has served on a range of operations including in Bougainville, Southern Thailand, Iraq and Afghanistan. Barham is an author and artists. He has published a number of times including A Feeling of Belonging, 1999, and Love, Life and Anzac Biscuits, 2014. Barham regularly posts about his photography. Barham retired from the Australian Army in 2018 and resides in Canberra with his daughter.

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Board of Directors

Mark Johnston (Chairman & Director)

Mark graduated from RMC Duntroon into the Australian Intelligence Corps. He served in Bougainville before moving to Melbourne on discharge. Mark is a management consultant working in Defence and utilities. Mark has had a longstanding and personal interest in the Arts and military history. Mark has been Chairman and Director since 2015.

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Craig Ball (Treasurer)

Craig is a veteran now working as an accountant and business advisor within his own accounting firm. He is passionate about supporting veterans and has experience at Board level as Treasurer, including for Arts based organisations. Craig has been Treasurer since 2017.

Tanja Johnston (Head of Arts Programs)

Tanja is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, art therapist and ANVAM’s Founder. She specialises in supporting current and former members of the ADF, veterans, emergency service personnel and families, facilitating Arts based engagement and recovery programs. Tanja has been an Executive Director since 2015.

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Dominik Kul (Head of Operations)

Dominik graduated from RMC Duntroon into the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps. He completed his army career in 2015 in Melbourne, establishing a management consultancy delivering services to Defence, logistic and ICT industries. Dominik is interested in digital imagery and creative writing, in particular poetry. He has been an Executive Director since 2015.

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Jon Cattapan

Jon is a highly regarded contemporary artist, academic and Bulgari Art Award recipient. Jon was commissioned as an AWM official war artist and deployed to Timor Leste, an experience that continues to inform his research. Jon is the Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne, and a non-executive board member since 2015.

Jacqueline Pascarl

Jacqueline has a background in the Arts, government relations, media, advocacy, and executive roles in NGO and Not-For-Profit sectors. She has been awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal on four occasions and Australian of the Year nominee five times. Jacqueline has been an advisor to the US State Department, Lord Chancellor’s Department UK, the European Union and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is deputy-Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council and an ANVAM non-executive board member since 2018.
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Associate Professor Rowan Story AM RFD

Rowan is a current serving senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He is a surgeon and currently reports to the Commander Joint Health Command. Rowan is a surgeon in private practice, has legal training and is a practicing artist. Rowan is a non-executive board member since 2018.

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Greg Yorke CSC

Greg is a current serving senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He has served on a number of warships and currently reports to the Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) on matters related to naval personnel. Greg has previously worked as a management consultant. Greg is a non-executive board member since 2017.

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Mike Godfrey (Secretary)

Mike is a digital artist, experienced in graphic design, television production, mobile media and web design around community engagement. Mike is also an IT project management consultant.

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