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Wagga Wagga's John Craig is the new chair of Eastern Riverina Arts

Wagga Wagga’s John Craig is the new chair of Eastern Riverina Arts

Eastern Riverina Arts has welcomed John Craig as its new chair after farewelling his long-serving predecessor in the role, Julie Briggs.

John brings extensive experience working with local governments to deliver community development projects across the region. In his former role as Director of Community Services at Wagga Wagga City Council he oversaw the operation of the city’s museums, galleries and theatres.

John said all towns and cities need a diverse range of cultural activities to make them desirable places to live.

‘There is no point in having the best roads if there is nothing to enrich the lives of residents,’ he said.

Eastern Riverina Arts CEO Scott Howie said there were some big shoes to fill after Julie stepped down from the Board.

‘We’re thrilled John has taken on this new challenge. He is an accomplished cultural manager and has an impressive track record of working in partnerships with councils in our region,’ Scoitt said.

Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, praised the contribution Julie had made both to the organisation and to arts across the Riverina region.

Julie had served on the Eastern Riverina Arts Board from 2003 and as chair for the past six years. During this time she also served on the Regional Arts NSW Advisory Council.

‘Many of the Riverina’s most fruitful and enduring arts partnerships exist today because of the work of Julie and Eastern Riverina Arts,’ she said.

Read more about Eastern Riverina Arts here.

Four Winds appoints its first Executive Director

The Four Winds Board has announced the appointment of David Francis as its first Executive Director.

Four Winds is best known for its festival of classic, cultural and world music held every second Easter in the very beautiful Four Winds outdoor ampitheatre, Nature’s Concert Hall, nine kilometres south of the small township of Bermagui, on the far south coast of New South Wales.

Speaking from Bermagui, Four Winds Chair Sheena Boughen said David Francis would enrich Four Winds’ iconic place in Australia’s musical life by bringing his wealth of experience to its innovative arts organisation.

‘David’s impressive arts background, musical expertise and enthusiasm for the Four Winds vision were stand-out qualities for this appointment.’

David said he was delighted to be joining Four Winds where he will help lead the dynamic organisation into its next exciting chapter.

‘With remarkable performance facilities in a stunning natural setting, Four Winds is now able to present inspiring music all year round,’ David said.

Originally from the UK, David has built his career developing and nurturing organisations across the arts sector.  He moved to Australia in 2014 to take up the position of General Manager of Sydney  Philharmonia Choirs Limited, Australia’s most established choral music organisation. In that time he built new partnerships and expanded their program, engaging with more singers than ever before.

Read more about David’s appointment and background here