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2019 Creative Regions National Summit

The Creative Regions National Summit is a biannual event, created to inform future policy development, foster conversation and provide a platform for discussions around arts, health, well-being and regional communities.

The 2019 theme, cross-sector partnerships and engagement positioned the arts and creative industries as essential within the contemporary regional landscape. Geographic diversity and locational politics are vitally important conversations of upmost significance and are integral to this narrative.

The arts provide unique expressions of community. They are firmly rooted in the local environment, and through participation in cultural life enrich both the individual and communities. It is precisely this relationship between the economic, the social and cultural, the ideological and the political that is paramount to understanding arts and creative industries in rural, regional and remote Australia.

We hosted speakers from every state and territory


Associate Prof Donna Hancox is the Associate Director of the Creative Lab in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Frank Panucci was appointed Executive Director of Grants and Engagement in June 2013. Previously Director Community Partnerships Section of Australia Council, Chief Executive Officer of Community Cultural Development NSW and General Manager of Carnivale Festival. Frank has extensive experience in community arts and human rights

Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She began covering politics in the 1990s for The Australian in NSW parliament and the Canberra press gallery. Since 2013, she has worked for Guardian Australiaas a political correspondent and Politics Live blogger. She wrote Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up, released in 2018 by Penguin Random House.

Ian Kew is the CEO for Airport Development Group Pty Ltd (Darwin International, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports). Ian is currently the Chair of the Darwin Festival, Darwin’s premier arts festival and was recently awarded a Business Leadership award at the 2019 Creative Partnership Awards.

Jane Howard is a Walkley award-winning journalist. She is currently deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation, a contributing editor at Kill Your Darlingswhere she focuses on podcast criticism, and deputy-chair of Writers SA.

Maria Lurighi has twin careers in performance and the arts alongside hospitality management roles for the past 45 years. Maria is currently the Guest Experiences and Partnership Director at MONA and is in her 20th year of teaching at the Conservatorium of Music for UTAS.

Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Paul Fletcher MP is the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts in the Morrison Government.

Sam Atukorala arrived in Australia in 2000. Since moving to Shepparton in 2013, Sam has been determined to continue to work towards improvements in his local community – in particular, new and emerging communities – through the provision of better facilities and opportunities..

Associate Prof Sandra Gattenhof is Director of Research Training in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Sandra is the chief investigator of the recently awarded Australia Research Council three year research project titled, The Role Of The Creative Arts In Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model.

Sinsa Mansell is a proud Trawoolaway women from larapuna the Northern region of lutruwita Tasmania.

Sinsa is a program producer and project officer taking great pride in being a co founder, performer and choreographer with the successful pakana kanaplila a Traditional/Contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal dance troupe.

Solli Raphael - Crowned the youngest ever Australian Poetry Slam champion at only 12-years-old and successfully publishing his first book, Limelight, in Northern America, New Zealand and Australia.

Sue Middleton is Chair of Regional Arts WA and is passionate about the future of rural and regional Australia.

Tanya Cameron OAM - National President Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA)

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