Regional & Public Galleries NSW Conference explores ‘Re/framing the Future’

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah will host the Regional & Public Galleries NSW 2016 Conference next week, from 14 to 15 March.

The theme of the conference, Re/framing the Future, acknowledges the increasing need for regional galleries to be flexible in their approach, to adjust to shifting funding sources, technology advances and a revolution in modes of artistic expression.

The conference will include keynote addresses by three cultural leaders:

  • Michael Lynch CBE AM – Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre 2002-2009, among his many other key arts appointments in Australia and overseas, speaking on Arts funding in an age of disruption
  • Chris Saines CNZM – educator, curator and director in Australian and New Zealand galleries for 30 years, speaking on Re/Framing oppositon to an art musuem development project
  • Marcus Westbury – inaugural CEO of the new Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne, speaking on Creation, connection, collaboration and consumption

The Re/framing the Future conference program format is short presentations by a range of cultural leaders, with each session finishing with a panel discussion.

The speaking lineup includes Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green and Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, exploring the topic The impact of Tweed Regional Gallery’s Margaret Olley Art Centre on the region’s visitor economy.

“The Tweed Regional Gallery is honoured to be the venue for this year’s conference and I think it is an indication of how highly this gallery is considered within our industry,” Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman, said.

“The biennial conference is a time for open dialogue and sharing successes, as well as celebrating, strengthening and evolving the regional and public gallery sector of NSW.”

The 2016 Regional & Public Galleries of NSW conference is a partnership between Regional and Public Galleries of NSW, Museums & Galleries of NSW and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.