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Creative startups – colouring our community

October 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Creativity is flowing through the New England and North West! In this panel conversation we’ll meet startup founders that are using their own creative skills and passion to build businesses and build the community and some of the key people who are encouraging and creating the creative ecosystem. 

Join us at the Tamworth Regional Gallery to discuss the importance of creative industries in our region and it’s role in community, how passion can turn into a business and what resources exist to help creative business grow.

Location: Tamworth Regional Gallery, 466 Peel St
5.30pm for 6pm start
Tuesday 16th October

Panel facilitator – Alison Treloar, Communications Expert & Founder of culinary events business, China Billy
Alison Treloar is an experienced communications consultant with specialist rural and regional communications agency Seftons, a freelance copywriter and the founder of China Billy, a culinary events business specialising in unique occasions, including their signature high tea events.
Her background spans scientific research and communication within Government agencies, brand management for niche and regional food and wine producers and freelance writing for both local and national publications.
Alison is passionate about regional communities and promoting, growing and fostering all that regional Australia has to offer.

The Panel

Colleen Tighe-Johnson, Indigenous fashion designer & founder, Buluuy Mirrii Designs
Colleen is a Gomeroi fashion designer from rural NSW. Her Buluuy Mirrii designs harness the spirit of the Gomeroi Dreaming at haute couture international runways. Colleen’s designs have been showcased around the world, including at the Cannes Film Festival and in runways in America and Canada. Colleen was the first international Indigenous designer to showcase on the first day of PLITZS New York Fashion Week in 2017, she returned to New York again this year to showcase.
Her profoundly impacting social enterprise, Miyay Mirrii, delivers life-skills workshops to regional NSW Aboriginal youth.

Danny Stanley, 21st Century Artist
Danny Stanley is a young but accomplished artist. Having worked professionally in a variety of industries where he is able to flex his creative muscles and illustrative skills, he has experience and passion in realising employer objectives, whether that be for large scale murals, educational comics or company logos. His passion for high quality illustration ensures a consistently well-executed output. He has been fortunate enough to work primarily with groups concerned with the community, combining his love for art with his commitment to positively contributing to the world around him.

Bridget Guthrie, Director, Tamworth Regional Gallery & Museums
Bridget Guthrie has worked in gallery, museums and the cultural development sector for nearly 20 years throughout the north west of NSW, southern NSW and is now based in Tamworth. Bridget is currently the Director of the Tamworth Regional Gallery & Museums. Previously she held the role of Museum Coordinator at AlburyCity and prior to that was Collections Coordinator for the Albury Regional Art Gallery and the LibraryMuseum. Bridget Guthrie’s professional experience has included curating over 30 visual arts and museum exhibitions, expensive collection management and strategic planning for both Galleries and Museums. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Graduate diploma in Museum Studies through Deakin University. Bridget was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 18 April 2018

Robert Heather, Director, Office of Advancement, Communications & Events, University of New England
Robert Heather has been the Director, Office of Advancement, Communications and Events at the University of New England since July 2018. Prior to that he was the Art Museum Director at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale from 2015-18 where he was responsible for significant upgrades to the facilities and collections. He has extensive experience working with artists, curators and researchers including roles as the Manager, Collection Interpretation at the State Library of Victoria, inaugural Director of Artspace Mackay, Executive Director of the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland and Marketing Manager/Deputy Director of Cairns Regional Gallery. He has held governance roles on numerous management committees, advisory groups and boards including Blindside ARI, Print Council of Australia, Museums Australia, University of Queensland Art Museum and the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Museum. He has also sat on funding bodies including the Australia Council Visual Arts and Crafts panel, Visions of Australia, Regional Arts Fund and City of Melbourne.



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October 16, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tamworth Regional Gallery
466 Peel Street
Tamworth, NSW 2340 Australia


Sue-Ellen Hogan