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Alyce Fisher - A wealth of opportunities on the Border

Alyce Fisher is the Executive Director of Murray Arts, based in Albury-Wodonga.

Alyce Fisher’s passion for dramatic arts led her to study Theatre Arts at Swinburne University, graduating in 2007 and then onto launch her own small company Theatre on Toast. Her company specialised in touring dynamic and relevant Theatre & Education Productions to Regional Victoria & NSW from 2008 – 2013. Alyce is incredibly passionate about Regional Arts & Cultural Development and is no stranger to the Regional Arts Network as she was the Regional Arts Development Officer for South West Arts, based in Deniliquin, from 2009 – 2013 and re-joined the network in January 2017, after a career break travelling, as the Executive Director for Murray Arts, based in Albury-Wodonga.

Tell us about your role at Murray Arts?

No one day is the same when it comes to life as an Executive Director of a Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO). One day you are developing artist briefs for a significant sculpture commission and the next judging the annual interschool TheatreSports competition. Patience, flexibility and the ability to juggle multiple tasks is the key to being able to get through each day. There is no course you can study which will prepare you for this job, it is so diverse and challenging. There’s not many of us who go on to manage two different RADO’s in the RANSW network, but I loved it so much the first time around that the opportunity to once again be a part of the network was too good to resist.

Describe the arts and culture scene in your region?

The Murray Arts region boasts strong professional arts and cultural practice and a high proportion of resident creatives. Recently, Albury Wodonga was recognised as 1 of the 20 Creative Industry hotspots in regional Australia. There is a strong performance culture due to national arts organisations Flying Fruit Fly Circus, HotHouse Theatre & Projection Dance. There are a multitude of festivals and opportunities for community engagement, as well as a very large number of museums due to the high historical significance of the region. In addition, there is a strong visual arts sector lead by the redevelopment of Albury Regional Art Gallery, now MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury) alongside a number of private and public galleries around the region. We truly are spoilt for choice on the Border and have hungry audiences who demand high quality and diverse experiences.

 

Can you tell us about burraja gallery and the important role it plays in the community?

burraja gallery is the only dedicated local Aboriginal art gallery in the Border North East and is in the shopfront of the Murray Arts office. We aim to highlight the diversity of local, contemporary, Aboriginal arts practise and showcase artwork from first nation artists that live, work & connect with our footprint.

Our footprint borders the Indigenous nations of Dhuduroha, Yaithmathang, Bangarang, Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta & Wavaroo and encompasses the local government areas of AlburyCity, Greater Hume, Federation, City of Wodonga, Indigo & Towong.

I feel very privileged to be part of the team that champions burraja gallery, it is a joy to walk into the space every day and be surrounded by the work of local first nation story-tellers; another big perk is that you get first dibs when new work comes in, I am really growing my personal collection.

What are some of the key highlights on the 2020 calendar for Murray Arts?

2020 will again see Murray Arts focus on professional development and capacity building. We will be delivering School Drama in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company & HotHouse, Smart Arts professional development workshops in partnership with City of Wodonga, Kinder Kulture & Connect & Weave in partnership with our local Aboriginal Artist Network. We’ll also be working with HotHouse & AlburyCity to relaunch what was known as the A Month in the Country artist in residence program. burraja gallery will be welcoming a new Curator to deliver its annual exhibition program and continue its amazing community outreach initiatives. Our other major focus is communications and maintaining our reputation as the go to organisation for all enquires to do with local regional arts development via our various platforms.

Also in 2020, thanks to funding from the NSW Regional Arts Fund, LIMELIGHT: Art – Science – Light will return in October after immense public demand. After a stellar pilot event in 2018 and again taking advantage of the natural beauty & low light of the Gateway Village Amphitheatre, talented local multimedia artists, sculptors & performers will be engaged to inspire audiences with an immersive world of Light & Sound installations. Imaginations will be ignited, as artists transform the darkness and enlighten the audience’s world. LIMELIGHT is truly an all ages event that will feature as a happening not to be missed on the Border, on the evenings of Friday 2 & Saturday 3 October 2020.

 

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