Emma Bottomley

Belmont, Victoria

Arts champion, local hero

Geelong has been hit hard with the closure of many manufacturing plants but Emma sees a bright future for the city through the creation of a vibrant arts and music scene. She runs and personally funds Kubu Studios, an arts and culture hub where young people can express themselves and connect with their community. It acts as a performance space and often hosts group and solo exhibitions, live music, theatre shows and film nights. The AMP Tomorrow Fund grant will enable Emma to purchase much-needed equipment to make the studio more sustainable and comfortable for guests. “In an era of change, I hope to provide a supportive platform for young people that encourages hope, expression and creativity.”

Emma Bottomley