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What leadership means to me

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Today Regional Arts Victoria announces our next strategic plan, with a strong focus on the development of creative practice, and with that new plan, some exciting changes to our organisation. From today, Regional Arts Victoria has three key departments of Partnerships, Programming and Projects, headed by an Executive Director...

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Restless giant, vibrant country

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“The simple experience of stepping back and looking at the horizon is a familiar ritual to any artist living in regional Australia. It’s partly why we choose to live outside cities, to work in an environment that offers the possibility of deep reflection in real silence or distance.” (p.16)...

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Rethinking Regional Arts Victoria

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Late last October, the Regional Arts Victoria leadership team spent a couple of days in Healesville as part of our annual critical reflection program. While our past sessions had focused largely internally, this time was different. We anticipated the seismic changes to the national arts ecology that were about...

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Creating the Australian Culture: Let’s Talk Arts

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If you’re after a crash course in Australian politics, run a regional arts forum in a marginal seat, and ask candidates to articulate how their platform creates the nation’s culture. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. The electoral divisions of McEwen and Corangamite are two of the most marginal in the...

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#AUSVOTESARTS

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Join the discussion on a national vision for arts and culture by using #ausvotesarts. Some recent advocacy by Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis: Facilitating Regional Arts Victoria arts advocacy forums in St Andrews (28 June) and Colac (29 June) featuring local artists, arts leaders and political candidates...

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Critical reflection on practice: a set of provocations

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‘Expanding Artistic Horizons’ was the theme for Regional Arts Victoria’s Regional Cultural Forum in Port Fairy on 21 November, curated by Jo Grant. The day presented the kinds of perspectives that inspire critical reflection on your practice, your collaborations and your organisation – including practice development, physical and mental...

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Leadership as facilitation

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Across the coming few years, we’re up to big things at Regional Arts Victoria. We’ve recently launched the Small Town Transformations book as a crystallisation of a project so extraordinary that we are still in awe of its leaders in Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen. This year...

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How to apply for a job in the arts

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Applying for a job can be a daunting experience at any career stage. A group of us got together and gathered up some tips from all of our experiences of applying for jobs – successfully, or unsuccessfully! – as well as our experiences of being at the other end...

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Quiet Fridays

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How do you balance your professional practice with your creative practice? Whether you identify as an artist or not, the development of your creative work is essential to your self-understanding, to the ways you express yourself, to your health and wellbeing, and indeed, to your identity. Devoting time to...

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Summer reading

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Our first Staff Salon for the year shared what we’d read over the summer. Some of us travelled near, others far, some travelled at home and others in books: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows The Rosie Effect by Graeme...

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Advocacy Breakfast Skillshare #raasummit

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Unsure how to respond when the arts nay-sayers nay-say? Keen to embark on some arts advocacy? At the recent Regional Arts Australia biennial summit, Arts & Edges, Regional Arts Victoria presented a Breakfast Skillshare on arts advocacy. Regional artists and artsworkers from across the state and across the country...

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Celebrating five Small Town Transformations

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“This project is all about the creative power of art to make place. It invites you to be ambitious in imagining what transformation might mean for your town – now, and into the future.” This was the challenge we posed in late 2012, inviting small towns from all across Victoria to...

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Reflections on 2013

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Across 2013, everyone at Regional Arts Victoria was focused on the question: How best can we inspire art across the state? We covered 256,380 road kilometres to share in your creative perspective, engaging with 190,515 more of you online, and supporting 4,618 artists through our work. Through such consultation,...

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A Festivals Network for Victoria

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How many arts festivals are there in Victoria? When are they on? What kinds of work do they present? How can artists have their work considered? What’s their production and publicity cycle? When do they employ people? Who are their audiences? And if all those festivals could come together...

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"Proudly reclaiming my country boy identity": Malcolm's back!

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Thirty years ago arts enthusiasts couldn’t wait to leave regional Australia. Now some are going home. If you had told the 18 year old me, bags packed and on the V/Line train to live in Melbourne forever that I would be returning to live and work in the country...

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Every arts festival in Victoria

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Regional Arts Victoria is leading the formation of a festivals network for Victoria. Help us create a comprehensive list of every arts festival in the state? If your favourite festival isn’t in this list, please let us know in the comments below? January Peninsula Summer Music Festival Falls Festival...

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Creative professional development

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Because I’m an introvert by nature (no, really!), every now and again I need to retreat into my own space to reenergise. I write, or swim, or ride my bike. Once a year I make a week-long writing retreat in regional Victoria, and the new energy and vision this...

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Working on the edge

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Recently I was among a group of people gathered in Jaara Country, the land of the members and Elders of the Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung community, to open an exhibition by Ash Keating, The West Park Proposition, at the Latrobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo....

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Regional creativity crucial to cultural growth

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“I see the artist as central to us as a nation,” the former Arts Minister Simon Crean had said on launching the National Cultural Policy, “and to securing its future.” Will Australia’s next arts minister share this vision? Artists compel us all to open our minds to more confident,...

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National Cultural Policy: new questions

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The National Cultural Policy Creative Australia is an important milestone for Australia. Several years in the making, its development has been the work of an enormous number of people who have given it creative, scholarly, consultative, financial and political attentions. It’s a rare and important thing that this much...

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On the road for Small Town Transformations

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“How can art transform your town?” is a question that’s inspiring communities all across our state right now. It began as Regional Arts Victoria’s provocation for the Small Town Transformations initiative, but as our recent road trip showed us, it’s inspired a lot more than expressions of interest for...

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How can art transform your town?

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What if art could transform your town? How would you start? What artform would you choose? Who would you collaborate with, and how would you do it? What if you had $350,000 to spend over a year developing and presenting an artistic project that would bring people together and...

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Uncurated spaces for uncurated communities

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“This is a very special occasion. Welcome back to Hamer Hall,” said Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu on the occasion of that great hall’s reopening in July. “More importantly, in the spirit of that magnificent project undertaken last year by Regional Arts Victoria, which celebrated in almost every regional town...

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