Hubs Network becomes seven and continues to flourish across the state

Hubs Network becomes seven and continues to flourish across the state

Rachel Lewis

Two organisations are thrilled to join the existing five Hubs in the Regional Arts Network, as Regional Arts WA re-imagines how arts services are delivered to local communities across regional and remote Western Australia.

Regional Arts WA is excited to announce Denmark Arts Council, from the Great Southern region, and Goolarri Media Enterprises, from the Kimberley region, will join the Regional Arts Network which currently comprises of five community organisations across the Pilbara to the South West.

Denmark Arts Council engage with their community through their Denmark Festival of Voice 2020: The Tiny Festival with Sonia Anderson and attendees. Photo by Vivienne Robertson

The Regional Arts Network initiative is proudly supported by the Minderoo Foundation and The Ian Potter Foundation, and with funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

Denmark Arts Council and Goolarri Media Enterprises will be resourced to employ a local Hub Coordinator to lead conversations within their communities to support local arts and culture outcomes and activate a state-wide network. They will engage and respond directly to their local communities by providing on-the-ground support by increasing local decision making, strengthening relationships with local governments and stakeholders, whilst seeking development opportunities for artists and arts workers.

Denmark Arts Council’s Artistic Director Vivienne Robertson says, “It’s wonderful to be joining the network of Regional Arts Hubs across the state. This is a vital time in our society, and this past year has shown us the critical role that arts and culture can play in regional communities, and across the globe. It’s time for regional arts to step forward. We’re excited to be a part of a state-wide organisation who is so passionate about the possibilities for regional arts.”

Dot West, Director, Goolarri Media Enterprises says, “Being a Hub within the Regional Arts Network is an opportunity to be a leader in the regional arts sector in a positive manner driving conversations and enabling projects that benefit not only our community but the state as a whole. This platform will encourage networking and the development of pathways that highlight and diversify the skills and talents of our region, engaging the local arts industry into a collective regional Hub.”

In 2020, the Regional Arts Network collaborated on several statewide projects, including The Network Residency + Touring Program. This program delivered a series of inter-regional workshops and residencies enabling skills development for an artist from each region.

For more information on Regional Arts Network initiative and about the two additional Hubs, please head to www.regionalartswa.org.au

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