NSW Regional Visual Arts Aboriginal Emerging Leadership Program
The gallery, in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group, and in partnership with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery and Western Plains Cultural Centre, developed the NSW Regional Visual Arts Leadership Program (AELP) to support career pathways for Aboriginal arts workers in regional New South Wales. The program offers financial support for professional development across two years, with leadership and management sessions, state and national conferences and networking opportunities. Each of the selected Aboriginal mentees works closely with colleagues in one of the four regional galleries on a high-level internship program. This innovative and ambitious program, together with the expertise of the participants, also positively impacts on the culture of regional galleries across all areas of activity. The mentees launching the program are Nicole Chaffey with Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery; Shari Lett with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; Gail Naden with Western Plains Cultural Centre; and Alison Williams with Lismore Regional Gallery.
The AELP is supported by the State Government through Arts NSW and the Federal Government through Indigenous Visual Arts Industry support.