AGM and Member Celebration heads to Stratford

Regional Arts Victoria invited artists and practitioners from across the state to our AGM and Member Celebration in Stratford on 25 May, 2019.

Alongside our AGM, the event featured a special one-day forum on the role of arts in community recovery. In the face of industry closure and natural disasters, what role has the arts played in recovery efforts in the Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland? And what can we learn from them and other regions in Victoria and Australia?

Our forum speakers for the event included Alex Wisser from the Cementa Festival in Kandos; Gavin Roberts from the Stratford Courthouse Theatre; and Bruce Esplin AM, former Emergency Services Commission and Chair of Regional Arts Victoria, to name a few. 

Event Details

Regional Arts Victoria 2019 AGM and Member Celebration
Stratford Courthouse Theatre 
66 Princes Highway Stratford
Saturday 25 May 2019
10.00am (morning tea on arrival for 11.00am start) - 5.30pm
Free to attend
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

PLEASE NOTE: this is a Regional Arts Victoria Member-only event.
Not a Member? Sign-up here.

For further information and/or assistance, please contact Rowena Hutson at or on 03 9644 1800.

Support to Attend

Regional Arts Victoria is pleased to offer a small number of $200 Travel Subsidies to assist Members to attend. The subsidy is available to regionally-based Victorian Members.

Expressions of Interest for the Travel Subsidy are now closed.

Quest Sale are also offering discounts for anyone booking on the weekend of the event. Simply mention Regional Arts Victoria to access reduced booking rates.

We look forward to seeing you in Stratford.


Download the Annual General Meeting Agenda, 2018 Minutes and Proxy for here.


Download the event program here.


Registration & Morning Tea


Welcome to Country
Nicky Moffat |  Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation 


Welcome from Wellington Shire
Mayor Alan Hall


Keynote Address: After industry – the place of contemporary arts in rural transformation
Alex Wisser | Creative Director – Cementa Festival 


Welcome to the Courthouse Theatre
Gavin Roberts | Courthouse Theatre, Stratford


Panel Session: Industry, Culture, Community, Environment
Alex Wisser | Creative Director – Cementa Festival
Josephine Jakobi | Artist – Float
Ray Thomas |  Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
Gavin Roberts | Courthouse Theatre, Stratford

Facilitated by Joe Toohey | Executive Director (CEO) – Regional Arts Victoria 




Performance Excerpt: Toil and Trouble
Performed by Groundwork Youth Theatre
Followed by a panel session featuring the performing artists


Special Announcement
A new opportunity for Gippsland artists


Regional Arts Victoria Annual General Meeting
Bruce Esplin AM | Chair – Regional Arts Victoria 


Afternoon Tea 


Documentary Screening: Forged from Fire
The Making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree 


Panel Session: 10 Years On

Andrew Garton | Director, Forged from Fire
Kareen Anchen | Printmaker, Cascade Print Room and Art Gallery
Lee McGill | Glassmaker, Glass Tales Whittlesea
Tim Peel | Jeweller, Silvermist Studio

Facilitated by Scotia Monkivitch | Executive Office – Creative Recovery Network 


Close and final comments

Regional Arts Victoria invites you to our AGM and Member Celebration in Stratford on 25 May 2019

Book Online

25th May 2019

Booking info: RSVP Please complete the short booking form to RSVP by Monday 20 May, indicating any access or dietary requirements.
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Date Venue Location More info
25th May 2019 Stratford Courthouse 66 Princes Highway, Stratford, 3862