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Arts Upper Hunter Celebrates 10 years

Regional Arts New South Wales congratulates Arts Upper Hunter on ten years of providing, supporting and promoting art and culture across the Upper Hunter as a part of our network.

At the organisation’s AGM held on 7th March, board and staff celebrated this special anniversary and reflected on the achievements of the past ten years.

Scone resident and Office Manager, Sandra Reichel, who has been with the organisation since 2004, said, ‘some of the highlights of the past ten years have been the projects the organisation has initiated such as Shift, a play written by PP Cranney with consultation from the Muswellbrook and Singleton communities and performed by locals; Speed Dating for Visual Artists, part of the Professional Development Workshops for Artists; the creative art retreats for young people through the Artstart program; Portraits of Place, a short films projects involving the Dungog and Gloucester communities; and the public art projects in Merriwa, Denman, Gloucester and Singleton, just to name a few.”

2013 will see the introduction of storytelling events, where local residents will have a chance to share aspects of their lives with the rest of the community, and a number of Pecha Kucha (pronounced Pechuk-acha) events. Pecha Kucha started in Japan in 2003 as a way for designers to succinctly talk about and show their work. Upper Hunter artists will be invited to promote their art work in a public forum.

The board of Arts Upper Hunter also took the opportunity to look to the future as it warmly welcomed the newly elected executive committee; Gail Bragg as Chair, Janice Hanicar as Vice Chair and Cr Karen Portolan as Treasurer, and unveiled the 2013-2015 Business Plan.

Arts Upper Hunter gratefully acknowledges the support of the NSW Government through Trade and Investment Arts NSW, Dungog Shire Council, Gloucester Shire Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Singleton Council and Upper Hunter Shire Council.


Image: Photo by Lynn Collins, Museum Advisor for the Upper Hunter Shire Council.