Founding artistic director Pat Rix will retire in September after 24 years with the organisation.
Tutti Arts relocated from its Minda premises to the former St Teresa’s Catholic School, Brighton, in early 2020 following the opening of McAuley Community School at Hove.
Ms Mellis’ outstanding and sustained contribution to the arts was recently recognised with the Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award at the 2020 Ruby Awards, which honour the best of South Australia’s arts and culture sector, and with the prestigious 2020 Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award for an Established Artist.
“I am excited for the future of Tutti Arts, its extraordinary artists and the role I can play. I believe in disability-led practice and that disabled people must be the producers of our own image and storytellers of our own lives,” Ms Mellis said.
“I will support and encourage Tutti artists to be authentic, bold, curious and fierce in everything they undertake. I will honour Pat Rix’s legacy and ensure that Tutti is a place to take risks, allow failure, and explore new possibilities.”