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Tasmanian Regional Arts President Sue Baker today announced the appointment of Alison Copley to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Following an extensive national search, Tasmanian Regional Arts (TRA) has announced that Alison Copley, former CEO of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, will step into the role from January next year.

Ms Baker said the State Executive Committee is thrilled to welcome Alison to the role of CEO at this important time in
the organisation’s development.

“Alison brings with her a track record of outstanding success in TRA’s key program areas including community arts and cultural development and experience in the promotion and presentation of arts in a regional context having worked in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory,” Ms Baker said.

Originally from Adelaide, Alison is a Winston Churchill recipient and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia. She is currently based in Cairns where she was the CEO of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Australia’s Premier Indigenous Art Fair recognised nationally and internationally as supporting the career development of Queensland Indigenous artists.

Alison was also previously the Marketing Manager at Top End Arts Marketing in Darwin, supporting organisations across the whole Top End, promoting the arts locally, nationally and internationally and fostering best-practice arts marketing and audience development skills to diverse regionally based members.

Alison says, “I’m delighted to be appointed to this leadership role with TRA, one of the most exciting and important organisations with its rich history of supporting regional communities through arts and cultural development in Tasmania.”

“For nearly 70 years Tasmanian Regional Arts has been inspiring and engaging Tasmanian communities to express their passion and culture through the arts. I look forward to building on the successes achieved to date. I am particularly excited about exploring the unique work of the 29 branches and independent artists across Tasmania.”

“It’s an appealing time to join the organisation as it enters a new phase of liveliness and success. The support of Arts Tasmania funding to TRA demonstrates the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to regional arts and its understanding of the importance of regional arts to not only enrich our cultural life but also unlock the potential economic and social outcomes for the State. I am greatly looking forward to moving to Tasmania and becoming part of its unique and vibrant cultural life.”


Source: ABC


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