Local mavens Christine Bottrell and Margie Gleeson are the founders of Breaking New Ground. We identify opportunities, activate ethical partnerships and create awesome projects.

Each began her career teaching in the creative arts and between them have decades of education experience with very young people through to adults; having taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels in diverse environments. After numerous and long discussions over the years we decided early in 2016 what was needed was for us to physically commit to a project that has the arts, sustainable living and a love of learning at the centre. We noticed a gap in the learning environment which includes not only schools and educators but also community collaborations and challenges.

From our combined individual profiles below, you will identify the breadth of experience Breaking New Ground has to offer, not just in the arts and education, but in community engagement, project management and leadership. United we provide a strong sense of purpose and ethical management which ensures all voices contribute to the planning, design and implementation stages, and that projects and events develop without sacrificing quality.


By engaging in the creative process, people develop an enduring love of learning. As individuals and groups discover their ability for creative thinking and problem-posing and solving, they can blossom, become self-motivated, gain knowledge, confidence and stretch themselves.


Breaking New Ground (BNG) can lead you or your organisation to identify and reflect on situations related to learning, mentoring, community engagement and arts based practice. Research and evaluation are an integral part of the BNG philosophy. We engage people by providing bespoke, sustainable and creative professional learning, from early years through to adult, large corporates as well as small enterprises. BNG works alongside educators, schools and community groups to match experts with specific requirements.