Statement of Purpose

SEAM Inc aims to develop and support the creation of new performance and visual artworks that:

  • motivate people to actively care for the natural environment
  • connect communities with the place they live
  • build relationships between disparate communities
  • develop skills relevant to creating a sustainable environment.

To develop artistic processes and outcomes in collaboration with artists, creative businesses and communities that foster flexibility and resilience and a readiness for climate adaption.

To engage people of all ages with issues of sustainability through participation and play, as a way to move beyond abstract thinking into active and imaginative problem solving.


If you would like to support our organisation and get regular information about our projects, you can become a SEAM member. We are offering an introductory membership price of $10 for individuals and $50 for organisations from 1st December 2015 – 30 June 2016. Fill out the attached form if you would like to join.

Membership form

Co-founders and directors:

Tracy Bourne, Artistic Director, E:, M: 0431 449 692

Tracy is a singer and singing teacher, writer and director. She was Lecturer in Singing at the University of Ballarat from 2000-2012, and is currently undertaking a PhD on music theatre voice. She has worked with many choirs in Melbourne and regional Victoria, and has adjudicated and led workshops on music theatre vocal techniques around the country. She has written and directed a number of theatre works with an environmental and social justice focus including plays, cabaret, and large scale community arts projects.

DUST is a show by Donna Jackson, with music by Mark Seymour, about asbestos and mesothelioma

Lisa Kendal, Sustainability Director, E:, M: 0438 029 676

Lisa Kendal is a sustainability professional with a love for the arts and a passion for community engagement. She has particular knowledge and experience in motivating people to take action in response to climate change, and she has a keen interest in working with young people to imagine and achieve a positive future.

Over the past 20 years Lisa has worked on a wide range of community focused engagement and extension activities and projects.  She was the first Executive Officer of community climate action group BREAZE, and has postgraduate qualifications in environmental science and land use planning.

Lisa again 30 Oct 2015 min



Melanie Stanger is a graphic designer, climate activist, social entrepreneur and Mum of one. She spent the first decade of her design career working for some big corporates and although she built up some solid skills and a great portfolio, she was left feeling rather dissatisfied by the entire experience. She then began working with environmental organisations, but nearly burned herself out in the process. In 2011 Mel studied at the School for Social Entrepreneurs which resulted in bridge-building between her corporate experience and her passion for the grassroots environment movement. Since then she’s been working with wonderful clients through the Changesmiths and has been contributing design toward a better world. Mel is pleased to be part of the SEAM committee following on from a fantastic and rewarding experience with the WARM project.


Verity Higgins

Since graduating from the VCA, Verity has worked as a director, actor, project co-coordinator, and teacher in performing arts. In 2005 Verity worked in the UK as Assistant Director and actor for North Country Theatre. On returning to Australia she took up a position of Regional Arts Development Officer with Regional Arts Victoria, based in Ballarat. During her time as a RADO Verity coordinated a wide range of projects.  Her independently produced documentary about a community choir The Big Sing, was acquired and broadcast on the ABC in 2010. Since returning to freelance work at the end of 2013 Verity has worked as a freelance director, actor & producer. Her most recent theatre work The Freda Experience, about pioneering Australian mountaineer Freda du Faur, had sell out seasons at both the Castlemaine State Festival and NatiFrinj in 2015. In late 2014 she started working part time for ACT-Natimuk on Made in Natimuk. With regard to SEAM projects Verity helped devise and performed in ‘Ella’s Choice’ and was the creative Producer of WARM.


Dianne Stewart

Dianne has been working in the public health industry for well over 20 years. Her current role is as Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer. She has worked in this capacity with eight different Medical Directors. Her role involves working closely and supporting the CMO and senior medical staff including scheduling and coordinating meetings/functions. Her passion for sustainable living, the environment and addressing of climate change is heightened by her love for her grandsons (aged 7 and 10) and their future life.

Lars Stenberg

Lars Stenberg grew up in the coal mining region of Scotland. His work is concerned with environments, how we shape them, and how they shape us. Primarily a painter he also works with digital media and assemblage, and has undertaken several large-scale public art projects. He lives in Ballarat and divides his time between painting, writing, gallery work and bushwalking.