Stephanie Stefanovic chats with Jane Meakins, Arts and Cultural Coordinator of Ku-ring-gai Art Centre. Jane talks life, art and the North Shore.

What’s a regular day in your life like?
“Usually I get up early, then hit the gym or go for a walk. I go to work at the Art Centre by 8 or 8.30, where I’m the Arts and Cultural Coordinator. Here I’m in charge of classes, events and exhibitions. After work, I’ll go home and catch up with my partner or hang out with friends.”

What’s the best part of your work day?
“I really enjoy interacting with the staff and students, and working in a bubbly place full of artistic and creative people.”

How did you come to work in art?
“I’ve always been passionate about the arts. In school I was interested in theatre and music, as well as visual arts, so I wanted to study art after school. At university I completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts, and then later moved into the community art scene, which inspired me to do a Master of Arts Management.”

What do you think of the art scene in Sydney?
“Sydney has a great art scene. I really like the small bars in Newtown and Surry Hills for music gigs. And there are great galleries in Surry Hills and Paddington.”

Best place to eat on the North Shore?
“I love a lot of the restaurants in Crows Nest – they do beautiful Italian and Thai food. The area is also a night hub, which is good for young people who want to go out and make a night of it, and listen to some music gigs.”

Best place for a coffee?
“I’m definitely a big coffee drinker. I really like getting my coffee from Chatswood Chase, as well as little local places like Hill St Beans in Roseville. They do a great roast.”

What do you think is the North Shore’s best kept secret?
“One place I really like to visit is Roseville Park. It’s a good place to go for a walk or even just relax on your lunch break and watch the dogs run around the dog park. There’s also a nice French restaurant in the middle of the park, which is good for special occasions, or just going to lunch”