Supporting the Arts in Regional Victoria
Regional Arts Victoria backs artists and communities across regional Victoria to make, participate in, and experience creative work.
Regional Arts Victoria is an independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working in long-term partnerships with every level of government, fostering contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice. We advise and impact on decision-making across multiple portfolios and levels of government.
Regional creatives leading the way in diverse communities.
RAV is the peak body for regional creatives. We enable regional Victorians to make, participate in, and experience creative practice. Anchored by our members, we activate our networks to inform public policy, identify resources and seek “a seat at the table” for creatives in the decisions that impact them.
Leadership, care, transformation, equity and celebration
Regional Arts Victoria’s Constitution
On 8 December 2022, at a Special General Meeting of Regional Arts
Victoria Members, members adopted a revised constitution.
What We’re Working On
Regional Arts Victoria’s 2021-25 Strategic Framework outlines externally-facing (1-3) and one internally-focused (4) Objectives, each with Intended Outcomes and planned Activities:
Regional Arts Victoria will empower artists, venues and communities in our regions to see their creative practice as a driver of their local community, their creative work as a driver of their local culture, and themselves as drivers of creative places.
- Regional Partnerships: Victorian regions equipped with locally-relevant creative strategies, personnel and resources;
- Programming: Artists exchanging experiences with regional communities;
- Strategic Initiatives: Artist-led responses to significant issues facing regional Victoria; and,
- Governance and Policy: A well-governed organisation trusted and respected by our communities and partners.
Each of these Objectives is outlined in further detail in the Strategic Framework you can download here
Founded in 1969, the Victorian Arts Council began its life as an umbrella body of regional arts councils, serving as the Victorian branch of the Arts Council of Australia (now Regional Arts Australia). Initially, the Victorian Arts Council supported performing arts touring, as well as offering resources and support for its affiliated regional arts councils. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the organisation developed in complexity in response to regional arts needs, and its formal incorporation in 1981 streamlined its business practices.
A comprehensive independent review in the late 1990s undertook valuable work in reflecting on the artistic legacy of the Victorian Arts Council’s first three decades. Its key recommendations centred around the need to create a unique suite of Victorian arts programs, rather than serving as the Victorian branch of the national body.
In response, the organisation’s artistic programming in the 2000s developed sophisticated new focuses in education, cultural partnerships, major projects, and of course touring, in what was fast becoming an increasingly intricate national touring landscape. Government partnerships were strengthened, resulting in devolved grant relationships with all levels of government, as well as partner-funded Regional Arts Development Officer positions.
Today’s organisation is a company limited by guarantee, rebranded as Regional Arts Victoria in 1999. The organisation broadened its vision and its scope to encompass artists and arts organisations across Victoria, connecting artists and communities. Regional Arts Victoria’s current scope encompasses all artforms, all creative practices, and all modes of artistic experience.
Regional Arts Victoria’s Leadership
|1969 – 1976 David Hamer|
1977 – 1983 John Riordan
1984 – 1988 Gwendolyn Stainton
1989 – 1990 Bill Cook
1991 – 1996 Brian W Hewitt
1997 – 2002 David Madden
2003 – 2008 Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP
2009 – 2013 Dennis Goldner
2013 – 2018 Bruce Esplin AM
2018 – 2022 Kath M Mainland CBE
2022 – Present Sue Hunt
| 1969 – 1971 Neil Case|
1971 – 1972 Patricia Marshall
1973 – 1974 Peter Batey
1975 – 1998 Don MacKay
1998 – 2004 Peter Matthews
2004 – 2012 Lindy Allen
2012 – 2017 Esther Anatolitis
2017 – 2022 Joe Toohey
2022 – present Jo Porter
Regional Arts Victoria’s Board
CHAIR Sue Hunt
Sue Hunt is CEO of The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Prior to this Sue was Founding CEO of CarriageWorks; Director of Performing Arts for the Sydney Opera House; General Manager of the Queensland Theatre Company and General Manager of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. She is currently Chair of Auspicious Arts Projects, a Trustee of the Penguin Foundation on Phillip Island and was Deputy Chair of Melbourne’s Rising Festival.
DEPUTY CHAIR Tom Molyneux
Tom Molyneux is a Gunditjmara theatre actor, director and playwright based in Geelong, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate of Management from the Australian Institute of Business and is currently completing a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) at Deakin University. Tom has an extensive history of work in successful independent theatre productions. He is currently the Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator at Deakin University and has experience working in diversity and inclusion roles.
TREASURER Victoria Crane
Victoria Crane is an experienced banking and risk professional and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Having formerly held roles with ANZ Institutional Bank and Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), Victoria is now the General Manager – Operations at Learning for Life Autism Centre.
Rebecca Brezzi is a barrister and advisor to companies on governance, strategy and management. She has qualifications in law, psychology and business and has taught in the areas of commercial, administrative and corporate law. Rebecca’s experience includes over 12 years as a board director and spans the legal, telecommunications, energy, cybersecurity, data analytics and arts sectors.
Dr Greg Pritchard
Dr Greg Pritchard is multi-disciplinary artist with a long history as performance artist, writer, digital media artist, and conceptual artist. He has worked independently and as part of various collectives and partnerships, to produce works that range in scale from the giant celebratory spectacles of Nati Frinj and Poppet Bendigo to solo site-specific works on salt-lakes and golf courses. He is an experienced teacher and arts administrator, and has a Doctorate in Literature and Environmental Philosophy (Deakin) and a Masters in Art (Art in Public Space – RMIT). He is currently producing projects and working in both NSW and Victoria. He will be Artistic Director for the 2024 Nati Frinj Biennale.
Richard Hull is a producer and organisational leader, passionate about the arts. His early career embraced technical theatre and production before moving into executive management. In London he was manager of several West End theatres and on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a producer with Assembly Theatre. As an independent producer, Richard presented a range of comedy and theatre shows that toured the UK and internationally. In 2006, Richard was appointed Head of Customer Service at Sydney Opera House, a role he held for three years before joining the Sydney Fringe as Festival Director in 2010. Since 2012, Richard has been Chief Executive Officer of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australia’s National Youth Circus. Richard is on the Board of Regional Arts Victoria and Murray Arts, an advisor to Company2 and a committee member of the heritage listed Barnawartha Hall.
Hisham Moustafa is a business improvement professional, specialising in risk management, governance and strategy, insurance and business continuity. Hisham is currently Assistant Director, Risk, Resilience & Insurance with the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), providing stewardship over the department’s risk, business continuity and insurance programs. Hisham is also an Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee with MCCA Ltd, a mortgage and financial services company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. When he’s not chasing his kids around the house, he loves to spend time in the great outdoors of Victoria and beyond.
Rebecca Hosking lives on Gadubanud country on the Surf Coast and whose committee experience includes the role of Acting President of La Trobe University Bendigo’s Student Association, a board member of the High Tide Festival, Festival of Words, Surf Coast Art Space and most recently at the Anglesea Art House Inc (AAH). Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy and Literature, participated in the Women’s Program at the Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures, and is currently completing a Diploma of Governance with the Institute of Community Directors Australia. Rebecca has produced art events alongside facilitating and teaching ecology and environmental education and is a practicing artist.
Mark Avery is currently chairman of Fabelo Incorporated a not for profit organisation whose vision is to be a major contributor to the cultural and artistic community of South Gippsland. Fabelo auspices Fishy Stories, the Fish Creek Childrens Festival of Stories and Prom Recitals a South Gippsland classical music promoter. Prior to this Mark worked as a CEO and a Non-Executive Director in the live entertainment industry working with global organisations, corporations and governments. He has produced and promoted 100+ tours, events and shows around the world. Mark has a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rohan Morris is a practicing multi-disciplinarity artists and curator working in Northern Victoria. A passionate advocate and leader in the arts, Rohan works across multiple industries including not-for-profit, community, corporate, arts, events, education, and health. His passion sees him on various committees including the Magenta Art Prize and Committee of Management for the Northern Mallee Leadership Program. Founder and Creative Director of Workspace 3496 a gallery and workshop space in Red Cliffs and Managing Director of rdot consultants, Rohan has worked in various roles and institutes including Arts Mildura, Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, La Trobe University, Sydney Dance Company, Biennale of Sydney, and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.
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