Changing of the guard for arts board
NSW Arts Minister Virginia Judge was in Ballina last week to celebrate six years of Arts Northern Rivers and to farewell founding CEO Lois Randall (see story pages 6-7).
Arts Northern Rivers is one of 13 Regional Arts Boards in NSW and is supported by the seven councils from the Northern Rivers region to foster regional arts development.
The organisations AGM was also held last week and Phillip Silver stood aside after four years as the chairman to make way for fellow Ballina councillor Sue Meehan.
Cr Phillip Silver said he was proud of Arts Northern Rivers’ achievements during his time in the chair.
“It is a great example of a strong working partnership between the seven local councils of the region, with state and federal government working together to support regional programs”.
Lois Randall said the organisation has played a key role in delivering millions of dollars in arts funding to the Northern Rivers and substantial enduring outcomes including the Visual Arts Network project, a strong Indigenous arts program, the establishment of the 3 Rivers Aboriginal Arts Space in Lismore, a regional museums development program, and development of the first regional Creative Industries Strategy in NSW.
Arts Northern Rivers have been advertising for someone to fill Lois’s shoes and it is hoped that an announcement will be made soon.