About South West Arts

 

South West Arts provides strategic direction for sustainable arts and cultural development in the south-west of New South Wales. 

 

We are a partnership between Regional Arts NSW and the local government regions of Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Edward River, Hay and Murray River.

 

South West Arts has an elected board of volunteers and we employ staff members who coordinate and implement arts and cultural development programs across our region.

 

Executive Director

Kerry-Anne Jones

Executive Director

Kerry-Anne joined South West Arts in 2015. Kerry-Anne’s career spans Federal, State and Local Government focusing on regional, economic and community development. Most of her career has concentrated on southern NSW and northern Victoria, having lived in the region since 1992.

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Brooke Doughty

Administration and Projects Officer

Brooke is the newest member of the South West Arts Team, commencing work in February 2020.

Brooke is a country girl who spent most of her childhood in Coleambally and has lived in Deniliquin for the past 13 years. She has a very good understanding of the region having previously worked for Regional Development Australia – Murray and brings with her specialist skills in business administration, finance and project management.

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Board

The South West Arts volunteer board meets 4 times per year around the local region.

Current members are welcome to nominate for the South West Arts board at any time during the year prior to the AGM in April each year. Please download and complete a member form and board nomination form and submit via email or fax to the South West Arts office. Please note that you need to be an adopted general member before submitting a board nomination.

Board Members

Rowena Jackson

Chair

Rowena works as a Rural Counsellor for Southern New South Wales and was previously a Business Advisor for the Central Murray Business Enterprise Centre (BEC); President Murella Club Deniliquin; and Vice Commodore, Treasurer/Secretary Twttihill Yacht Club of Victoria.

Rowena holds a Master Business Administration and BA Business (Marketing) as well as having a wealth of experience in fundraising corporate relationship management and event management.

Ray Davy

Treasurer

Ray Davy is an advocate for the arts and the role the arts can play in driving social and economic transformation in rural and remote communities.

Ray is the Director of Infrastructure and Development with Balranald Shire Council and brings with him vast experience and skills in regional economic development, finance, law and specialist local government knowledge.

Narelle Whitham

Secretary

Narelle is an artist and a passionate disability advocate and supporter of mental health programs and campaigns particulary as they improve the quality of life for farming communities and their families.

Narelle founded an arts program called Art Relief, that provides free art workshops for farmining communities impacted by drought.

Airlie Circuitt

Former Hay Community Radio Station Manager and Outback Theatre for Young People board member, has specialist skills in communication, media and networking.

Jan Renwick

Passionate about the Arts with a great love of nature and gardening. Jans extensive travel experience lead to her learning Italian.

Jan bring a breath of experience as Former Lady Mayoress Deniliquin Council, Ambassador for Studio 2710, Founding member of Deni Community Garden, Chairperson of Deniliquin Library.

Ian Tully

Ian is a man of many talents. He currently works and the Art Gallery Director, Swan Hill Rural City Council and is an artist in his own right,  practicing his craft since 1986. He is also a musician, fine arts lecturer and curator and brings project management skills, public institution management to his role with SWA.

Ian holds BA Fine Arts, Grad Dip Education, Master of Arts (Research), Dip Management Cert iv Workplace Training and Assessment.

Annette Gamble

Annette is a primary producer and company director with a massive passion for the Arts.  Annette joined SWA Board in 2019 bringing with her extensive experience in business management, stratic planning and human resources.

Annette holds a BA Arts History, Dip Education, Grad Dip Education – language and literature, Master Education Lanuage and Literacy and a Master Education TESOL.

Raymond "Splinta" Woods

Splinta, a Wiradjuri Elder from Hay NSW, joined the SWA Board in 2019.  He is a Wiradjuri Language Teacher, Youth Worker and is a project consultant to the fabulous Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP). Ray brings a wealth of lived experience and passion in cultural heritage to the SWA Team.

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History of South West Arts

 

Initiated in 1983 through the joint effort of several local government bodies, the Arts Council of NSW and interested members of the community, the organisation commenced with the establishment of the RADO (Regional Arts Development) position.

 

In 1997, South West Arts became fully devolved from the Arts Council of NSW and is now regionally self-managed by an elected board.

South West Arts has enhanced the cultural life of communities in the south-west for over 25 years. During this period, South West Arts has consistently received strong local government support, with local government contributions to the program increasing annually.

 

In response to the small number of cultural institutions in the region, South West Arts has been the catalyst to developing two significant programs, both of which are now fully independent organisations to their own right. In 1989 South West Arts ran a three-month pilot program in youth theatre. This lead to the eventual establishment of the Outback Theatre Program (a mobile youth and community theatre resource servicing western NSW), which now has evolved into a fully independent program – Outback Theatre for Young People. South West Arts also played a role in establishing a music program – South West Music Regional Conservatorium, which is now based in Deniliquin.

 

Members of South West Arts believe that involvement in the arts assists the social structure of communities, as it is understood to strengthen and unite communities by creating a better environment and quality of life. There are also economic advantages where arts and cultural development creates employment and encourages tourism by promoting and developing the identity of the region.

 

South West Arts values the important cultural history of the south west region, and works to enhance and create sustainable cultural opportunities for our communities.

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South West Arts is supported by the
NSW Government
through Create NSW