Artlands Victoria creative producer Ros Abercrombie will begin a new role as Regional Arts Australia executive director next week.
“From working for Regional Arts Victoria and Artlands, I was able to have conversations with representatives from every state and territory and bring them into Bendigo (for Artlands),” Ms Abercrombie said.
“Through those two years (working on Artlands) I realised I was only scratching the surface of the breadth of regional arts.
“I wanted to find a way of continuing the national dialogue and narrative, this position affords me that.”
Artlands returned to Victoria for the first time in 14 years with Ms Abercrombie focusing on engaging Indigenous themes for the Bednigo event that included panels, workshops, special events and visual arts projects.
Ms Abercrombie said Bendigo impressed the national and international visitors to Artlands.
“In the feedback we had that definitely come through,” she said. “Particularly some of international delegates couldn’t believe the world class facilities in places like La Trobe Art institute, the Bendigo Art Gallery, Ulumbarra and The Capital.
“What's important that from very small parts of world (people are) realising how extraordinary and diverse regional arts is. Bendigo and the regions around it are a clear example. It fuelled my interest to work in (the regional arts) space.”
Ms Abercrombie will begin her position as Regional Arts Australia executive director on December 10.
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