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Comings and Goings - Recent Job Movements in the NSW Arts Industry

New Project Officer for West Darling Arts

West Darling Arts has appointed Kelly Leonard as their new Project Officer for the Making, Shaping and Bringing Back the Baaka Project, which recently received a $150,000 grant from the Australian Government through their 2018/19 Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.

Kelly comes to West Darling Arts as an independent regional artist with an eclectic background across the hospitality, art and community development sectors. She is passionate about cultural democracy – the right for all to access resources and opportunities – and more broadly, is interested in contributing to and supporting the regional arts sector.

Of her appointment, Kelly said, “I felt there was a space to align my background to develop a kind of ‘blue sky mining’ for the project: Making, Shaping and Bringing Back the Baaka, which I believe will be useful to support Aboriginal voices to be heard.”

Acting Executive Director for West Darling Arts, Catherine Ferry, said, “Kelly was the best choice for this role as she clearly demonstrated in her application and interview an excellent understanding of and passion for art in regional areas. We are really thrilled to have her on board.”

The Making, Shaping and Bringing Back the Baaka Project aims to bring together Aboriginal communities from the Darling and Far-West NSW via innovative multidisciplinary arts practices that will celebrate regional cultures and art and the Barkintji language, and honour country.

Kelly’s Broken Hill-based role will provide operational support to increase professional development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in the area. Strategies being developed include workshops and exhibitions to broaden skills development and visibility, with to be held in Wilcannia, Dareton/Wentworth, Menindee and Broken Hill in November.

Outside of her role with West Darling Arts, Kelly is also an independent artist with a practice of weaving and ephemeral installation works, and has attended Artlands Dubbo 2016, Artstate Lismore 2017 and Artstate Bathurst 2018 in this capacity. She believes her move to Broken Hill will bring about new possibilities for contemporary art practice, collaborations and developing alternative broadcasting strategies.


New Appointments at Regional Arts NSW, Orana Arts and Arts Mid North Coast

Linda Gao has joined Regional Arts NSW as a consultant, managing Communications. Linda was previously TV Sales Executive at Avalon Distribution in London, and has held marketing roles at Theatre Network NSW and Entertainment One Australia (formerly Hopscotch Films).

Arts Mid North Coast has appointed Olivia Parker as Program & Projects Manager. Olivia previously held the role of Community Project Officer for the last 7 years at Kempsey Council, where she was responsible for developing opportunities for community engagement, artist employment and new creative projects, as well as the development and coordination of key arts and community cultural programs and events. Her position at Arts Mid North Coast is a new position specifically created to combine responsibility for many existing services, including communications, as well as defined new projects. This complements the increased strategic role to be undertaken by the Executive Director, Kevin Williams.

Danielle Andrews has been appointed as the new Project Officer at Orana Arts.