Regional Arts WA is excited to announce two new Hubs, Gardiner Street Arts Collective, from the Wheatbelt region and Southern Forest Arts, from the South West region, both will be joining the emerging Regional Arts Network.
- Gardiner Street Arts Collective | Connecting the Shires of Moora, Dalwallinu, Victoria Plains, Wongan Hills and Dandaragan
Based in Moora, Gardiner Street Arts Collective is a not-for-profit, intergenerational, culturally diverse and inclusive community arts space which is accessible to all for the pursuit, practice and development of all creativity.
- Southern Forest Arts | Connecting the Shires of Manjimup, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Nannup and Boyup Brook
Based in Northcliffe, Southern Forest Arts makes life more ‘wonder-full’ for visitors and residents of the Southern Forests and Valleys region (and increasingly beyond) through unique arts and cultural experiences that connect, inspire and uplift, leading to increased wellbeing and collective flourishing.
Community members come together at Gardiner Street Arts Collective, a new Hub in the Regional Arts Network. Photo courtesy Gardiner Street Arts Collective.
Regional Arts WA CEO Paul MacPhail is delighted to welcome these new Hubs to the expanding Network, which re-imagines the way arts services are delivered to local communities across regional and remote Western Australia.
“It is fantastic to see the Network of Hubs further evolve with this introduction of two new Hubs. We are looking forward to working with Gardiner Street Arts Collective and Southern Forest Arts to further strengthen their relationships in their communities, while connecting them back to this growing state-wide Network. We believe the sector will be stronger, more connected, creative and capable when people have the opportunity to work together and share knowledge, and we are thrilled to partner with Hub organisations who have this same vision,” MacPhail said.
The Regional Arts Network initiative is proudly supported by Minderoo Foundation and The Ian Potter Foundation, and with funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.
Minderoo Foundation Co-Chair and Co-Founder Nicola Forrest AO is proud to support the initiative in its third year, which has given regional arts organisations the opportunity to build their capacity and leadership skills.
“Congratulations to these two new Hubs, we are delighted to see the Regional Arts Network continue to grow. The Network ensures more communities across WA will benefit from a connected and empowered regional arts sector,” Mrs Forrest said.
The Ian Potter Foundation is pleased to provide continued support of Regional Arts WA to build and strengthen a network of self-directed creative communities which all contribute to the West Australian regional arts community.
Charles Goode AC, Chairman of the Foundation said, “This initiative represents a holistic approach to providing access to the arts across an entire state, driving data collection and fostering information sharing that will continue to contribute to sector planning and development into the future”.
For more information on the Regional Arts Network initiative and about the two additional Hubs, please head to regionalartswa.org.au/programs/regional-arts-network
Article orginally published: https://blog.regionalartswa.net.au/news/two-new-hubs-join-the-regional-arts-network/