Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Karen Golland joins First Draft Board

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Bathurst visual artist Karen Golland has been appointed to the board of First Draft, Australia’s premier space for emerging and experimental arts practice.

Firstdraft is based in Woolloomooloo, Sydney.

Established in 1986, Firstdraft is Australia’s longest running artist-led organisation. Its longevity is testament to the sustained commitment of countless artists, writers, curators and arts professionals who have supported and exhibited at Firstdraft over the last four decades.

The 2021–22 Firstdraft Board of Directors: Laura Couttie, Holly Farrell, Dennis Golding, Karen Golland, M. Sunflower, Gillian Kayrooz and Heather Tralaggan.

They join 2020–21 directors Hannah Jenkins, Yuki Kawakami, and Thea Perkins as Firstdraft expands our commissioning interfaces and strengthens curatorial oversight across our artistic program. Their skills and experience will be valuable as we continue to provide opportunities for artists, curators and writers to develop new and experimental approaches to contemporary practice.

“Firstdraft is also excited to announce the inaugural appointment of two regional NSW-based practitioners to the board, as we renew our commitment to creating connections across NSW and supporting the professional development of regional artists and arts workers,” they said in a press release.

Karen Golland is a Central West NSW-based artist working across sculpture, installation and textiles. She is a founding member of WAYOUT artist collective, developing and delivering professional opportunities for regional artists. (Read more about Karen here).

“It’s a brilliant line-up and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute a Central West NSW perspective to the mix,” Karen Golland said.

“I’m hoping my appointment will be able to support more regional artists to apply and exhibit their work at Firstdraft,” Karen said.