Kelly Heylen is the curator and founder of Platform Gallery, Australia’s first dedicated feminist art gallery, located in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
For several years before opening Platform, Kelly was Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, working with the local economic development agency to grow and facilitate collaboration in the region’s creative industries. As Cluster Manager, Kelly commissioned and managed MTNS MADE, a campaign to boost the visibility and standing of the region’s creative practitioners. Prior to this, Kelly spent more than a decade working in communications in the government and non-profit sectors
Kelly is passionate about the creative industries, and loves working one on one with artists to help them develop and grow their professional and business practices. She is a creative industries business advisor with Creative + Business; writer of the popular Ask A Curator arts advice blog; and spends her spare time honing her own creative practice as a dancer and burlesque performer. Kelly holds a Master of Commerce from CSU and lives with her wife (also a writer) and their two dogs in Katoomba.
In 2018 Kelly was named one of 10 inaugural ‘Creative Leaders’ by the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network, and in 2019 Kelly was joint winner in the ‘Standing for the Creative Arts’ category at the inaugural Lift Awards, designed to celebrate women who lift up other women.
Profile photo by Ona Janzen.