People

Arts Gen programs and projects are supported by a team of Artist Facilitators.  Artist Facilitators bring a diverse range of talentsskills and life experiences to the Arts Generator Team.  

Paul ‘Paulfactor’ Mileson

Artist Facilitator

Paul Mileson also known as Paulfactor is a Rapper/Singer/Songwriter from London, England who migrated to Australia with his mother & younger brother in the mid 1990’s. With a start in rapping at 15 and singing at 18 he later joined Massive hip-hop choir at 20 which has been the springboard for his involvement in Cohealth arts generator programs.  After recovering from a near fatal hit and run Paulfactor got back on his feet with the support from his arts gen family. Paul has co-run workshops at Woodleigh Primary School, Parkville Youth Justice Centre and Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. Paul has learned new things about the roles and requirements in Sisters and Brothers and is quick to break the ice when the time is right. 

And as of 2017 Paul has facilitated his own songwriting workshops at Dinjerra, recording songs with a few of the students, teaching them how to rap, build confidence and become role models.

Damon Paraha

Artist Facilitator

Damon Paraha, A.K.A. Nomad, is a Hip-Hop Artist from the Westside of Melbourne. He’s the second-oldest of six to a Maori father and Samoan mother. His music typically captures his upbringing as a 2nd Gen immigrant in a post-colonial society, aiming to articulate what Polynesian youth may be experiencing today.

Gabriela Georges

Artist Facilitator

Gabriela Georges is a performing artist, facilitator, and community development worker. Her creative work often explores love, loss, grief and nature, while her superpower as a facilitator is holding space for challenging (and sometimes uncomfortable) conversations.

Philip-Michael Pandongan

Community and Culltural Development Officer

Philip-Michael Pandongan aka Yung Philly, is a Freestyle MC in his 16th professional year. As an MC, he performs, entertains, writes, improvises and facilitates content. An original member of the MASSIVE Hip-Hop Choir in association with Western Region Community Health (WRCH), the Barkly Arts Centre and producers, Liss Gabb and Mary Quinsecara; he also transitioned into WRCH’s merger into cohealth: in the capacity of Artist Facilitator for the Sisters and Brothers program and currently, Community and Cultural Development Officer for cohealth Arts Generator; coordinating both Sisters and Brothers and Benchmark projects.

Aida Azin

Artist Facilitator

Aida Azin is a visual artist living in Naarm/Melbourne. She uses her practice as a platform to promote the importance of self-representation on cultural perspectives. Aida uses her artworks to sound-out or create space for therapy and discussions, often including themes that reflect on her experience as a first-generation born Australian.  

In 2019 Aida exhibited two solo shows; Lonely God at Seventh Gallery and Brown Pillars at Firstdraft. She recently worked with seven artists in the project Eight Fingers Crossed. The project involved several workshops with an exhibition result, and an artist book by Have You Seen Him publishing. In 2019 Aida joined the youth-focused creative project Living and Breathing (‘the Lab’) based in Melbourne’s westside where she runs regular art workshops. The process of engaging with communities has taken more focus in her practice. In 2019 Aida initiated an ongoing project; Saluhan: a Community Arts Project touring Adelaide, Melbourne, and Manila (the Philippines).In September, Aida will be exhibiting new work in ACE Open’s 2020 South Australian Artist Survey.  

Aida has a Bachelors Degree in Visual Art from the Adelaide College of the Arts, 2015. In 2017 she completed her honours year in painting at the University of South Australia where she studied the topic of institutional racism in the visual arts. 

Bruno Catalán

Community and Cultural Development Officer

Bruno Catalán is a Chilean arts worker and researcher based in Naarm/Melbourne. He has spent the last ten years straddling the fields of social inclusion, community development and the creative arts. Since 2017 he has engaged with communities of all walks of life through cultural, educational and environmental projects in Australia. Bruno currently works supporting Arts Gen projects and is a festival programmer for the Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA).

Nyawir Majok

Artist Facilitator

I am Nyawir and I am currently studying my bachelors of Youth studies and Youth work at RMIT, I am very passionate for social change.  My habits are fashion, dancing and meditation.   I am Friendly, outgoing and I love sharing my experiences into art. 

Gabs Collie

Artist Facilitator

Born in Mindanao, the Philippines, Gabs, Homeboy G or Rudy V (as he is known on stage) is a performing artist, sound producer, and youth mentor living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). He uses music as a tool for therapy and a reconnection to self and community.

Tania Cañas

Arts Generator Coordinator

Tania Cañas is an artist researcher based on unceded Kulin Territory.  She began her practice as a theatre performer and subsequent Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner and has since developed a creative arts research practice, at the intersection of performance, community, socio-spatial and cultural enquiry.

Yasbelle Kerkow

Community and Cultural Development Officer

Yasbelle Kerkow is an Australian-born, Fijian (vasu Batiki, Lomaiviti) artist. Her work focuses on promoting Pacific communities in Australia and communicating Pacific stories through the arts. Her practice centres weaving, using pandanus, flax, coconut fibre, cotton core and fabrics. Yasbelle is a community arts facilitator and leader of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne) based art collective New Wayfinders.