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RANSW | Comings & Goings

The latest comings and goings within the Regional Arts NSW network and beyond.


Murray Arts has said farewell to longstanding Finance and Administration Manager Vivien Naimo. Over her time at Murray Arts Vivien has made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the RADO, and she will be sincerely missed.


Kathy Graham has left her role as Aboriginal Arts Officer at West Darling Arts to pursue greener pastures, and we congratulate Kathy on her hard work at West Darling Arts and her new position. Bookkeeper Penny Smith has also recently left West Darling Arts, and RANSW sends our best wishes to Penny Smith and her family.


Curator Jason Richardson has recently left the Griffith Pioneer Park Museum, moving to a position with Landcare in Griffith, NSW. Jason oversaw this year’s Country Art Support Program workshops as a part of ‘Action Day’ at Griffith Pioneer Park, and remains a member of Western Riverina Arts’ Board. RANSW congratulates Jason on his new role and we look forward to working with him into the future.


Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music has welcomed the appointment of Dr Wendy Brooks as Director. Wendy has been actively involved in music education for some 30 years, teaching in primary and secondary schools in the outer western suburbs of Sydney, while simultaneously running a successful piano teaching studio.

Since 2011, she has been lecturing and conducting research in Education and Music Education at both Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Western Sydney University. Wendy completed her PhD studies in 2015 at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, investigating music and screen media in the lives of young children, and maintains a keen interest in Early Childhood Music Education and its importance for future musical learning.

Wendy has developed a strong association with the regional conservatoriums through her research and teaching activities with Sydney Conservatorium, and is keen to strengthen community involvement in music-making and learning.

Media release courtesy of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.