A who’s who of the new arts shakers and movers

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Arts leaders appointed to Create NSW Artform Advisory Boards, including RADO Executive Directors Caroline Downer (Arts North West), Jamie-Lea Hodges (Outback Arts) and Peter Wood (Arts Northern Rivers).

From the NSW Central West Advisory Board members include Kylie Shead, Creative Producer Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (theatre board), Adam Deusien, performer, director and founder of Lingua Franca (dance and physical theatre board), and former director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Richard Perram (visual arts board).

In June 2019, Create NSW invited Expressions of Interest from arts and cultural leaders to join Create NSW Artform Advisory Boards.

The purpose of the Artform Advisory Boards is to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program to provide recommendations and advise the Minister on strategic directions for the sector.

The Berejiklian government has appointed 82 arts leaders to 10 powerful boards across theatre, opera, music, museums, visual arts and dance, replacing five-member, peer-reviewed panels that previously judged the merits of funding applications.

Sydney Festival artistic director Wesley Enoch, millionaire philanthropist Simon Mordant, books presenter Jennifer Byrne and former ballerina Lucinda Dunn are among a who’s who of leading arts professionals who will be given a say in the multi-million dollar funding of artistic companies across NSW.

Forty per cent are drawn from western Sydney and regional NSW to ensure “robust advocacy” outside central Sydney, said Arts Minister Don Harwin.

The move effectively consolidates influence in the hands of a mix of established arts administrators and emerging and experienced arts practitioners. From October the newly constituted boards will begin to consider funding applications specific to their art form, their recommendations to go to the minister.

The appointees have been culled from more than 300 expressions of interest.

The executive director of the National Association of Visual Artists, Esther Antolitis, wished her colleagues well as they embarked on these important new roles.

“Guiding policy, program and funding assessments for Create NSW will have significant impacts on artists’ lives, on the development of artform practice and also on the state’s cultural evolution,” she said.

“The excellent collegiate relationships they’ll need to foster will serve NSW well in avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring that artists and audiences come first, just as NSW taxpayers would expect.”

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Image: The artistic director of Sydney Festival, Wesley Enoch, has a new job chairing the Aboriginal Art and Culture Board for the NSW government. Credit: Luis Enrique Ascui

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