Regional Champion Recognised with 2017 Arts Leadership Award28.06.2017
Regional champion Sheena Boughen has been awarded the Creative Parterships Australia 2017 Arts Leadership Award for her outstanding and innovative work in the sector, alongside three other industry leaders. The awards ceremony took place on the 26th June at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for Contemporary Art where Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Honourable Mitch Fifield thanked the award winners, saying “their private efforts and contributions had a character that can only be realised when something is done willingly, freely, passionately and as a mark of personal commitment.”
Sheena has long been a champion of arts and culture within the regions, and was the driving force behind the development of Nature’s Concert Hall Four Winds Bermagui.
From the Creative Partnerships Awards program:
- “Sheena Boughen’s commitment to encouraging individuals to find their potential is at the heart of all her activities. In her role as Chair and pro bono CEO of Four Winds Bermagui over the last ten years, she led an eclectic collective including architects, arts practitioners, broadcasters and passionate music lovers who believed that the transformation of the site from a biennial festival with makeshift facilities into one of Australia’s most recognised music organisations, open all year round would fulfil a national cultural need.
Using an imaginative, collaborative and highly strategic approach, Sheena facilitated the group to create Nature’s Concert Hall, a fully serviced cultural destination on 25 acres with an outdoor amphitheatre for 2000 and indoor state of the art acoustic space seating 200.
This inspiring result reflects her belief that community, music and learning are core to a rich life.
Sheena’s long-term link to the arts and social change sectors was used to full advantage, and she was the driving force attracting philanthropic support and grants to a total of $6m over this period for capital and cultural projects. Her engagement & partnerships skills have led to long-term partnerships with architects Philip Cox and Clinton Murray, the Sydney Opera House, the Australian National Academy of Music and Richard Gill’s mentors for music teaching.
Sheena uses these same skills as a consultant in her role as a strategic facilitator and mentor. Current work includes UTS Science Faculty, working on their strategy agenda, and the ithree Institute, facilitating their future thinking re maximum impact on infection and antibiotic resistance. Her work has previously involved bhpbilliton over a seven-year period bringing global environmental leaders together for a biannual forum for the CEO and team, to mentoring leaders at the Sydney Opera House, strategy work with the Sydney Festival board, Greenpeace Japan on strategic team development and stakeholder strategy with DuPont USA.
Sheena’s philosophy of realistic optimism, resilience and building shared value underpins her work, and is evident in the ongoing success of Four Winds Bermagui.”
Regional Arts NSW congratulate’s Sheena on this much deserved award, and thanks her for her continued contributions to the sector. You can find images from the awards night on Facebook here, and hear more about Sheena’s work in the video below.
For more information on the Creative Partnerships Awards visit the Creative Partnerships Australia website.