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An arrival and a departure in the RANSW network

Current director of  NERAM, (New England Regional Art Museum), Caroline Downer, will be widening her lens over arts practices when she takes up the role of Regional Arts Development Officer for Arts North West next month.

Arts North West is the Regional Arts Board for the New England North West region and is funded from Arts NSW and 12 member councils.

Her educational qualifications include a BA (Hons) MA Museum Studies (Hons) and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and  an Advanced Diploma of  Management from the University of New England.  In 2014 she was a participant in the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Participant Program.

Caroline has lived in Armidale for 18 years, and has always been a passionate supporter of arts and culture.

‘I am really excited to start as Arts North West’s RADO, and to meet and work with all the wonderful creative people that make arts activities happen in our region,’ she said.

One of the major projects during her six and a half years as Director of NERAM was the fundraising for the acquisition of Margaret Olley’s The Yellow Room Tryptych. She also contributed essays to the 2014 publication, Munificence: the Story of the Howard Hinton Collection.  

Prior to her appointment to NERAM, Caroline was the manager of Orpheus Music, a business dedicated to recorder, string and early music.

She currently serves on the committees of the Armidale International Film Festival, University of New England Museum of Antiquities Advisory Panel and the Armidale Youth Orchestra Committee.

Meanwhile, after three years with South East Arts as its Communications and Partnership officer, Megan Luhrs is leaving to pursue her own business goals.

‘I’ve had a fantastic time here with South East Arts, but a shopfront space has become available and the timing is right for me to spend more time in my business,’ Megan said.

‘I’ve loved my work with SEA and also of being part of the larger network of communications officer through the regional arts network.’

Megan will leave South East Arts at the end of this week.