Arts Northern Rivers is now supported by six of the Northern Rivers local Government areas including the Tweed Shire. Tweed now joins the Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley in supporting Arts Northern Rivers’ work towards generating, promoting and advocating for the growing arts and creative industries in the region.

Following Arts Northern Rivers’ track record in supporting councils, Tweed Shire Council’s Manager of Tweed Holiday Parks and Cultural Facilities, Andrew Illingworth, initiated the new four-year agreement to align with Council’s strategic focus towards cultural tourism and its benefits fostering economic development. Andrew said:


“Tweed Shire Council has invested a significant amount of financial resources in the Shire’s cultural infrastructure. Re-joining Arts Northern Rivers cements Council’s interests in the cultural sector and paves the way for future collaborations and exciting projects.”

Arts Northern Rivers champions the role of the arts and cultural industries both regionally and state-wide through its connection to thirteen other Regional Arts Development Organisations supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Executive Director, Jane Fuller, said:


“Arts Northern Rivers is looking forward to expanding our footprint into the Tweed Shire and working with the burgeoning area to engage new and diverse audiences. I will always remember one of my favourite Arts Northern Rivers events I attended was the ‘If These Halls Could Talk’ performance at Tumbulgum Hall”.

Creatives working within the Tweed Shire will now have access to Arts Northern Rivers’ annual program of skills and professional development opportunities, free advice, referrals, and assistance with funding applications and regional projects. Council’s contribution now also offers Tweed residents free registrations on Northern Rivers Creative, a creative directory featuring a range of categories including creative services, visual arts, design, Indigenous arts, literature, music, performance and screen.


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Image: Arts Northern Rivers ‘If These Halls Could Talk‘ Tumbulgum Hall.  Photography by Darcy Grant.