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Comings and goings

The meeting of the Regional Arts NSW Board and Advisory Council in Sydney recently also marked the final meeting for Deputy Chair, Janice Summerhayes. Janice has served as Chair, Deputy Chair and Trustee during her six years as a director. The opportunity was taken to thank Janice with a gift of artwork by RANSW Aboriginal Arts Officer, Anthony Walker, presented by Board chair, Peter White.

New director, David Dwyer, was appointed to the board. David is the Director Community Services, Dubbo City Council and had a close involvement in the establishment of Orana Arts.

You can read about the RANSW directors here.


Board changes

Arts Northern Rivers

Grafton Regional Gallery Director, Jude McBean has been unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Arts Northern Rivers, following the decision by former Chair, Cr Paul Spooner decided not to re-stand for the position.

Arts Upper Hunter

With the resignation of board member, Kara Mitchell-Watson, AUH is seeking a community representative from the Upper Hunter Shire. Expressions of interest close on 25 May. Full details are available from the RADO, Mark Reedman. Details here

Eastern Riverina Arts

Board member since 2003 and Chair for the past six years, Julie Briggs, was farewelled. A formidable advocate for the arts and ERA across the region and a huge support  to staff and board members, Julie was presented with a print by local photographer, James Farley. James was recently shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography awards.

Staff changes

South East Arts

Kate Howarth has been appointed as the Acting Communications Officer. Welcome Kate. Read more about Kate and her aspirations for the role here.

West Darling Arts

Kathy Graham has been confirmed as the Aboriginal Arts Officer for West Darling Arts. We congratulate Kathy on her appointment and look forward to bringing you a profile story on Kathy soon.


Four Winds Festival

Paul Dean and Yarmila Alfonzetti have been appointed as the new Artistic Leadership Team behind the 2016 Festival. With outstanding joint reputations in the classical music industry and music education, Paul and Yarmila bring extensive programming and event experience to what will be a festival dedicated to the presentation of the very best in classic music.

The team take over the reins from previous Artistic Director, Paul Kildea, who is based in London.

The 2016 festival will be held at Easter next year.

Albury announces inaugural director for Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)

Announcing the new name for the former Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury City Council also announced Jacqui Hemsley, Group Leader Cultural Services, will be the inaugural director of MAMA.

Council says with the new name comes a new attitude.

‘MAMA will be unlike anything experienced before in our region. It will be the new Australian home for modern art and will reposition Albury as a major cultural destination. It will be a bold, vibrant and innovative contemporary public art museum where we welcome everyone to embrace the unexpected.’