REGIONAL STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jane Fuller
jane@artsnorthernrivers.com.au

PROJECT MANAGER
Imbi Davidson
part time: Tuesday – Friday
Email imbi@artsnorthernrivers.com.au
Phone 02 6621 4433

INDIGENOUS ARTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Kylie Caldwell
Email kylie@artsnorthernrivers.com.au
Phone 02 6621 4433

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Ingrid Wilson
Part-Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Email ingrid@artsnorthernrivers.com.au
Phone 02 6621 4433

 

ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR
Phoebe Rose
Part-time: Wednesday- Friday
Email info@artsnorthernrivers.com.au
Phone 02 6621 4433

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

CHAIR: Elly Bird, Lismore Representative
DEPUTY CHAIR: Ruth Tsitimbinis, Kyogle Representative
TREASURER: Wayne Halcrow, Co-opted Member
DIRECTOR: Jan Hackett, Byron Shire Representative
DIRECTOR: Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Alternative Representative
DIRECTOR: Debrah Novak, Clarence Valley Representative
DIRECTOR: Chris White, Kyogle Alternative Representative
DIRECTOR: Hayley Hancock, Richmond Valley Representative
DIRECTOR: Jill Lyons, Richmond Valley Alternative Representative

CONTRIBUTING COUNCILS

Byron Shire

Clarence Valley Shire

Richmond Valley

Kyogle

Lismore City

Tweed Shire

ABORIGINAL ARTS & CULTURE

Aboriginal Population and Language Groups

  • Over 10,000 Aboriginal people live in the region (4% of the general area population)
  • Highest concentration of Aboriginal people live in the Clarence Valley and Tweed Shires
  • Region is populated by the Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr people

Arts Northern Rivers Aboriginal Arts Development

  • In 2005, Bundjalung artist Albert Digby Moran convened a regional forum of approximately 30 Indigenous artists which led to the establishment of a regional Indigenous Artists Advisory Group (IAAG).  The group worked with ANR to establish a sustainable Aboriginal visual arts industry in the region.
  • In 2008 ANR employed an Indigenous Arts Development Officer (IADO) through funding from the Department of Communications Information and Technology (DCITA, then Department of Environment Water Heritage and the Arts, DEHWA) and the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).  This position assisted artists to develop their professional art practice and provide outreach support for artists in remote communities and continues to be supported by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.
  • In April 2010, the IAAG became incorporated under the Aboriginal Corporation Act as the Rivers of Art Corporation (RoAAC) with continued support from ANR and the 3 Rivers Aboriginal Arts Space as the Indigenous Business Arts Centre with exhibition, studio and workshop space.  This Centre no longer operates and the Indigenous Arts Development Officer has adopted an outreach role across the region, working in partnership with local Indigenous artists and organisations to build capacity and become artistically and commercially more competitive.
  • Recent highlights of the ANR Indigenous arts development program include the production of four Artists’ books by four Indigenous artists in the Northern Rivers region, each unique and featuring a different artistic medium and the Bundjalang project tracing traditional mark-making in the region.

Festivals

  • Boomerang Festival, Byron Bay

Aboriginal Arts Organisations

WOLLUMBIN ART AWARD | TWEED REGIONAL GALLERY

The Wollumbin Art Award (WAA) is Tweed Regional Gallery’s new biennial award open to artists living in the Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Scenic Rim Shires, as well as Lismore and Gold Coast City.

VOLUNTEER AT ‘TOYS CHANGE LIVES’ AND SUPPORT SOCIAL JUSTICE

Toys Change Lives (TCL) is seeking volunteers! A not-for-profit, self-funded organisation based in Casino, NSW, TCL is making big strides in reducing recidivism in First Nations youth.

ENTRIES OPEN | WOLLUMBIN ART AWARD

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre have announced the establishment of a new major art prize, Wollumbin Art Award (WAA), with a total prize offering of $30,000.

ARTS NORTHERN RIVERS WELCOMES TWEED SHIRE COUNCIL AS A CONTRIBUTING COUNCIL

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.

Creative Recovery Project Underway In Rappville

Arts Northern Rivers is delivering a creative recovery project in Rappville, located in the Richmond Valley. The project was developed as a response to the 2019 bushfires and has initiated opportunities for residents of Rappville and surrounds to their stories, engage...