What we do
What we do
We are passionate about the arts in regional communities. We contribute directly to the arts and cultural lifeblood of the Border region by working directly with inidviduals, communities and local government to assist them in developing the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Murray Arts is one of 14 Regional Arts Boards in NSW and also part of the Regional Arts Victoria Cultural Network. We service the local government areas of AlburyCity, Greater Hume and Corowa in NSW and the City of Wodonga, Indigo and Towong in Victoria.
Our aim is to actively assist the ongoing development of, and participation in, arts and culture throughout the Border region.
'Smart Arts' is a program of skills and professional development workshops which runs throughout the year for artists, community organisations and in schools. To find out more about the workshops running in your community. Click here
Are you looking for funding for your project? Do you need some help in developing a grant application? Murray Arts offers one on one grant advice, a database of funding opportunities and grant writing workshops throughout the year. Find out more by visiting our grants database. Click here
Murray Arts is the information hub on arts and cultural activities in the Border and North East. You can find out what's happening in the region, get the latest news, or be a feature artist all in the one place! Click here
Did you know our e-newsletter is delivered each month to a huge subscriber base right across the region? Don't miss your opportunity to get information on your event out to a regional audience by promoting your activities through the e-newsletter - click here to find out deadlines and subscribe. Click here
Murray Arts works in partnership with communities and organisations to deliver strategic projects in our region. To get the latest information on our projects. Click here
Find out more about what we've achieved in the past by looking at our Annual Program Reports.
Just as the Murray is the lifeblood of the region served by Murray Arts, for 14 years the organisation (Regional Arts Board Albury Wodonga from 1996-2003) has served the arts and cultural communities of the Border region.
At Murray Arts, we value:
- Artistic endeavour, creativity and integrity;The arts as a medium to challenge us and explore our humanity;
- The opportunity to participate, express ourselves and access all artforms;
- Community well being through the arts and
- The ability of the arts to connect us.
The Murray Arts Strategic Plan 2014-2016 has identified the following key strategic priorities over the next 3 years
- Information and Communication
- Forging strong partnerships
- Building community capacity and
- Strategic project delivery
- A sustainable organisation.
Murray Arts is a not for profit incorporated association, governed by a Board. In consultation with Murray Arts staff, representatives from our member councils as well as other arts organisations “steer” the operations of the organisation.
Tahni Froudist (Chair) General Manager, HotHouse Theatre
Glenn Mancer (Deputy Chair) Head of Performing Arts, Trinity Anglican College Thurgoona
Deb Ross (Secretary) Community Representative
Denise Osborne (Treasurer) Community Representative
Diane Shepheard Councillor, Indigo Shire Council
Jennie Star Councillor, Towong Shire Council
David Thurley Councillor, AlburyCity Council
Annette Schilg Councillor, Greater Hume Shire Council
Our Core Partnerships
Our Core Partnerships
2016 Core Funding Partner: NSW Government │ Trade & Investment Arts NSW
Local Government Partners: AlburyCity│ City of Wodonga │ Indigo Shire │ Greater Hume Shire │ Towong Shire │ Federation Shire│
Peak Regional Arts Bodies: Regional Arts NSW │ Regional Arts Victoria
Murray Arts Staff
Murray Arts Staff
Alyce Fisher - Executive Director
Murray Arts is thrilled to announce that Alyce Fisher will be taking up residence in the Murray Arts Office on Gateway Island, as our new Executive Director. Alyce Fisher brings a broad range of arts management skills to the Murray region with a background in theatre and education production, as well as extensive experience in regional arts partnerships.
A passion for dramatic arts led Alyce to study Theatre Arts at Swinburne University, before launching her own small production company 'Theatre on Toast'. The company specialised in touring dynamic and relevant theatre and education productions throughout regional Victoria and NSW. Alyce is incredibly passionate about regional Arts and Cultural Development and is no stranger to the Regional Arts NSW network, previously working as the Regional Arts Development Officer for South West Arts, based in Deniliquin from 2009 – 2013. Alyce has spent the past three years gallivanting through North America and Europe, and has returned home to Australia with an enthusiasm to re-join the Regional Arts NSW network.
Vivien Naimo - Office/Finance Manager
Vivien has considerable experience working in administration in both government and the not for profit sector. Vivien also has a Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development from Community Arts Network South Australia Inc, and has worked as a volunteer in the arts communities of Deniliquin, Leeton and Albury.
Carolyn Doyle - Communications Officer
Carolyn Doyle is the word smith and communications queen at Murray Arts, overseeing the webiste, monthly enewsletter, 'stop press' promotions and spreading the word via soical media. An experienced visual arts educator, passionate about engaging students in a life-long love of the arts, Carolyn can also be found in the art room at Yackandandah Primary School one day each week.
Carolyn has taught in both the public and private systems from foundation through to senior secondary VCE and has successfully overseen the delivery of two school magazines, organised Yackandandah Folk Festival's Opening Parade and set designs for a Rock Eisteddfod challenge. Carolyn has travelled extensively and spent six months working in London at a special needs school for pupils with moderate-learning difficulties and complex needs. She has supported the implementation of numerous community arts projects; including curator of "BILLET-DOUX' 2016, an artist in residence program and presented a paper at 'Across the Arts Conference' on community art.
Maggih Coates Aboriginal Arts Officer
Maggih Coates is a proud Dhudharoa/Ganai Traditional Owner. Maggih has been an active and involved Aboriginal Community member here in Albury Wodonga for the past 19 years. She is well known in the community and is looking forward to her journey with Murray Arts; sharing her cultural knowledge and traditions, building new networks and taking on new challenges.
Image credit: Michael Griffin, 'Art in the Wetlands' by Bronwyn Cossor