About Us

The Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) was established in 2013  in response to the growing need for an innovative model of care in veterans’ wellbeing. As a veteran led 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 engagements.

ANVAM engages with our veteran history and heritage, culture and identity to bring forward an approach grounded in creative expression and community, incentivising wellness and promoting social connectedness. ANVAM’s whole-of-life focus, engages early to promote validation, identity and purpose. ANVAM showcases the stories of veterans unique lived experiences during and post-service.

ANVAM actively seeks partnerships across the veteran, Arts and health sectors to collaboratively develop thought leadership, research and opportunities for veterans and families to thrive.

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, Southbank. In the heart of Melbourne’s Arts precinct and opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, the property is synonymous with veterans’ wellbeing and a sacred place. 310 St Kilda Road will be an inclusive hub promoting wellness.

Joint Patrons-in-Chief

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency, Mrs Linda Hurley

His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) was sworn in as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 July 2019.

David Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972, graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. In a long and distinguished 42-year military career, his service culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force.

Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley (nee McMartin) was born and raised in Sydney. She was educated at Kingsgrove High School and went on to become a teacher, commencing in 1976. She married David Hurley in 1977.

In the course of their married life, Mrs Hurley has supported her husband throughout his career on a wide variety of postings in Australia and overseas, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia.

Mrs Hurley has an interest in the Arts, especially music. She is passionate about singing, and showing how singing, especially in a group, can have a positive impact on individuals and the community.



Ambassadors

LTGEN Ash Power AO CSC (Retd)

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. 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.

Image: Gordon Traill

LTCOL Barham Ferguson (Retd)

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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Image: Barham Ferguson

Bradley Trevor Greive (BTG) AM

Born in Tasmania BTG grew up in Southeast Asia and Western Europe, before returning to Australia to complete his education. A graduate of RMC Duntroon BTG served as a paratrooper platoon commander with 3RAR(Para). BTG has written numerous New York Times best-sellers and is Australia’s highest selling author, having sold more than 30 million books in 155 countries. His international bestseller, Penguin Bloom, is being made into a movie starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln. In 2014 BTG was awarded the Order of Australia for services to literature and wildlife conservation. BTG, his wife Amy, and their daughter, Genevieve, are based in the United States.

Image: BTG

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.

Tanja Johnston (Head of Arts Programs)

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

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.

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.

Professor 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 six 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.
Image: Robert Suggett

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.

Image: Robert Suggett

Greg Yorke CSC

Greg is a current serving senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He has served on a number of warships, numerous staff roles including reporting to the Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) on matters related to naval personnel and projects in Defence People Group. Greg has previously worked as a management consultant. Greg is a non-executive board member since 2017.

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.