Debby is a creative entrepreneur and community arts
and cultural development leader. In 1996 Debby founded the Westside Circus,
Melbourne’s leading social enterprise for young people participating in circus
arts. In 2010 Debby launched her own independent arts practice, Debby Maziarz
Productions (DMP) specialising in arts entrepreneurship. DMP conducts research,
fundraisers, delivers capacity building training for artists, brokers
conversations between sectors and designs artistic disruptions that take the form
of public art projects and social art experiments.
Through research and testing, Debby is interested
in exploring creative ways to address important social issues by pooling ideas,
energy and resources. Debby was a recipient of an Australia Council Community
Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship (2016–2017), and explored global
non-monetary networks that connect businesses through the exchange of products
and services. Over 2016 and 2017, Debby spent time in Victoria’ s western
suburbs, NSW, USA, England and Mexico to learn the systems, processes and
methodologies that underpin bartering and exchange initiatives.
Debby is committed to challenging the mindset and
practices of independent artists seeking to resource their work and sustain a
career in the arts. Her ideas represent an alternative to the current funding
arrangements for the arts sector and present a challenge to the funders and
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