Regional Partnerships

Regional Arts Victoria’s regional staff are our key arts supporters. Based in pivotal regional locations across the state, they work closely with artists, communities and local government. This passionate team of experts facilitate new work, keep their communities informed of key arts opportunities and development, as well as supporting arts policy development, and supporting all artists and arts organisations across the state.

Our Regional Managers are supported by the special long-term collaborative investment of the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund, local government and Creative Victoria.

Regional Managers also advise to the Regional Arts Fund.


Malcolm Sanders, Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships
Monday – Friday
Email: [email protected]

The Senior Manager of Regional Partnerships, Mal has a background in theatre and youth arts education and has worked in the small to medium arts sector in Melbourne and Geelong for nearly 20 years. Mal has a broad experience in governance, arts management, and planning. Malcolm currently lives on Wadawurrung country in Central Victoria. 

Advising Regional Arts Fund applicants in Ballarat, Macedon Ranges, Ararat, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Mt Alexander, Pyrenees, Hepburn, and Mooroobool Shires.


Jo Grant,  Manager South West
Monday – Friday
Email: [email protected]

Jo is the Manager of the South West and her work supports the South West Creative Industries Strategy. She is a strong advocate for recognition of arts across the region and works with community, and alongside all tiers of government, to broker support and provide advice, opportunities and skills development for artists and organisations. Jo has a Master of Visual arts and a background in tertiary teaching and project management. Jo lives and works on Peek Whurrong Country in the Gunditjmara nation.

Great South Coast Partnership including: Corangamite Shire Council, Warrnambool City Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council and Glenelg Shire Council

Advising Regional Arts Fund applicants in Great South Coast partnership shires as well as Northern Grampians, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Colac Otway Shires.


Loraine Little, Manager Swan Hill/Gannawarra
Monday – Thursday
Email: l[email protected]

Loraine is an experienced arts manager with a strong regional community arts development focus. She’s previously worked at the Victorian College of the Arts, St Martins Youth Arts and Next Wave. Loraine lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country and works on Wemba Wemba / Wadi Wadi country in North West Victoria.

Swan Hill Rural City Council and Gannawarra Shire Council Partnership

Advising Regional Arts Fund applicants in Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Loddon, Horsham, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Buloke, Yarriambiack, Bendigo, Campaspe and Mildura Shires.


Tim Dakin, Manager Wellington
Monday – Friday
Email: [email protected]

Tim has a BA in Performance studies and 30 years working in community development and the arts having worked with young people, Disabled artists, and mental health initiatives. Tim lives and works on Gunai Kurnai Country in Gippsland.

Wellington Shire Council Partnership

Advising Regional Arts Fund applicants in Wellington, East Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.


Kellie Sutherland, Community Engagement Manager – Step Up Program
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Email: [email protected]

Kellie has dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, and more recently as an arts worker in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region. With a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement and Creative Recovery practices, Kellie is passionate about inspiring, connecting and thriving creatively.

Step Up Program is funded by the Victorian Department of Health.