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Artwork by Garry Jones created  for Waste Free For Me. Kindly donated to the Black Cockatoo Aboriginal Corporation. 

SOUTHERN TABLELANDS ARTS STRATEGIC GOALS INCREASE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Through key program initiatives in arts and health, creative ageing and arts and environment.

STRENGTHEN ACCESS TO FUNDING, EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Through creative industry programs, funding workshops and programming focused on local creatives.

DEVELOPING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS Working with contributing councils, arts and cultural organisations,

OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE Engagement with schools, and youth focused organisations to create stronger opportunities for communities and young people in arts and cultural events.


FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I wanted to reflect this year on some of the highlights achieved in 2017. We had a great musical kick-off to the year with Global Sounds Regional Towns. This program saw us working to some of the strengths across the region with a choir workshop in Yass, a drumming workshop in Goulburn and a strings workshop in Picton leading to all the participants joining with the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra for a fabulous performance for the River Song. Waste Free for Me was a successful partnership project with Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, Goulburn Mulwaree and Wollondilly Councils bringing together creative practice and raising awareness of the impact of food waste on the environment and of course the household purse. This was our second year of working with Councils in the region on the very important issue of food waste into landfill.

Maisie’s Choir, with singers from Yass, Upper Lachlan and Hilltops communities grows from strength to strength as does Wine Press, our regional authors event held at Eden Road Wines, Murrumbateman. I am also delighted that a chance meeting at an exhibition led to University of Canberra lecturer Gay Williamson and Landscape Architecture students working with Louise Wakefield and staff from Goulburn Mulwaree Council to develop concept ideas for the Wollondilly River walkway which were warmly received by Council.


Another first saw Southern Tablelands Arts establish and be the lead agency for the Southern Tablelands Science Hub. Employing the artists/scientists from Neural Knitworks in a bevy of workshops in Wollondilly, Upper Lachlan and Goulburn Mulwaree with a fabulous display integrated as part of IlluminARTe Wollondilly festival.

The other key element of the program saw First Nation creatives Paris Norton and Dylan Goolagong from our sister organisation Orana Arts deliver a workshop linking Aboriginal culture and 21st century technology at a public forum and with students from Mulwaree High School.

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As a small organisation we would not be able to be effective without the collegiate environment and the goodwill generated by our engagement with the various communities of our region. I extend a deeply felt thank you to all those who engaged with us during project development stages, provided information to share with the region, wrote letters of support and much more in 2017. I extend a big thank you to the staff Giselle (Projects & Communications) and Lillie (Arts Ready Trainee) as well bookkeeper, Lesley Porroj. Last but not least, I thank the Board for their efforts in the ongoing governance and support for the staff.




FROM THE PRESIDENT On behalf of the Board of Directors it gives me pleasure to present the Annual Report for the year 2017-2018. In its 22nd year STA has moved forward in many key areas.  Careful financial management has produced a pleasing result and another contribution to financial reserves building the organization’s resilience. Securing creative project funding from a wide array of sources ensures a diverse offering of projects through 2018.  The year has seen the Board’s main focus on improving governance, reviewing financial and operational processes and developing additional guidelines where required. 2018 will see the Board move back to a broader strategic focus, a Constitution review and a consideration of additional funding possibilities.  I take this opportunity to thank the Board, all busy professionals volunteering their time and expertise, for their dedication and significant time input. It is invigorating working closely with Board colleagues who share commitment to and respect for STA, its guiding principles, its objectives and its people.  Board members live and work in our region and are acutely aware of the importance of arts and culture to the experience of living in Regional NSW. ANNUAL REPORT| PAGE 5


I congratulate the STA staff for their achievements in the year past. Susan Conroy, Executive Director, continues to provide inspiring leadership to her team. She has diligently worked with the Board in implementing improved operational processes and ensuring compliance with the governance framework.

Moving between the considerable demands of her position at a strategic level with financial stakeholders and the Board, at a creative level initiating relevant and meaningful arts and cultural programs for wide community engagement, and at an operational level in all aspects of program delivery and day-to-day management Susan has fulfilled her role very well indeed. As we look back on the year it is grounding to be reminded where STA fits in the broad picture of arts and culture in NSW. Part of the unique state Regional Arts Development Organisations network of 14 RADOs, we service our share of 7 local government areas. Create NSW … “supports RADOs in partnership with local government. This partnership is the key to sustaining each RADO’s ability to respond to the unique and diverse needs of regional communities, build regional partnerships, and tailor services to the specific needs of their communities.” (Regional Arts Boards Review-Arts NSW Response and Implementation Plan 2014-15)


STA proudly maintains its focus on our growth region of more than 228,000 people over 32,000 sq. km in its partnerships with the Councils of Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass Valley, Queanbeyan Palerang and Hilltops. In 2017 STA implemented an initiative from Create NSW to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with each Contributing Council, establishing a fixed term funding formula together with formalizing roles and expectations of both Councils and Southern Tablelands Arts.

STA is seeking a more collaborative framework with the contributing councils going forward to better support each other in the strategic development of the arts in the region.  We have so much in common with our 7 councils based on our shared belief in the intrinsic value of arts and culture to people’s lives and to building cohesive communities.  STA has as a priority in 2018 seeking ways of better partnering with Councils to demonstrate what our collective efforts can yield in the future. Create NSW brought an Arts Roadshow to the region, hosted by Goulburn Mulwaree Council at the Council Chamber.  Both informative and collaborative, the sessions were well attended, the information focus was  firmly on the funding available to artists and arts organisations.  There was general agreement among attendees as to the value and their sense that the Create NSW staff were experienced and accessible.  We hope to welcome Create NSW into the region again in 2018. Looking forward, we are excited at the immense artistic and creative promise we see this coming year and beyond. A stable, harmonious Board, a stable and energetic staff with respectful and supportive relationships with our stakeholders give us real conviction as to our place in the region, the quality of our work and our commitment to working together to ensuring quality artistic and cultural outcomes.

Susan Brindle PRESIDENT

FROM THE TREASURER Once again, I have had the privilege of being the Treasurer of Southern Tablelands Arts and I have enjoyed watching this organisation move to a position where it is making a fantastic contribution to the LGA’s it operates within. The projects and programs it has delivered over the past year are a credit to the hard work of our small team.  I would like to thank Susan, Giselle and Lillie for the amazing work they do each and every day.  As a Board member I am very proud of the contributions we are making to the arts and the artists in our community by providing them with projects to work on and professional development opportunities that can really enhance their careers. Art within our community not only makes it a better place to live, it helps us to identify our culture.  Art is used in so many positive ways, bringing people together, making lives better.  As an accountant it is fair to say that art is not something I had focused on prior to my involvement in this organisation but I now understand how vitally important it is and how critical it is that we maintain and support our thriving arts communities.  A life without art would be a sad life indeed. From the accounting perspective we had another solid year which has put us in a good financial position.  We are spending our funds wisely, maximising our budget so that we can deliver the service expected, while making sure we have provided for future contingencies.  It is a good position to be in.

Joanne McCauley TREASURER


As a Board member we have focused strongly on our governance this year. We have established Board subcommittees so that we can enhance the function of the Board.  We have worked on our policies and procedures . We have a very strong Board with excellent governance practices that will take us into the future. It is with confidence that we move into 2018 and look forward to another successful year.  Thank you to my follow Board members and the Southern Tablelands Arts team for all their hard work,

GOULBURN FILM GROUP From a 2005 audience average of 23 per session to 87 in 2017 the Goulburn Film Group has experienced continued growth with a positive community presence. Movies are screened on the last Sunday of each month except during the school holidays. The Goulburn Film Group has no membership fees; everyone is welcome. All that is required is for people to come to the Lilac City Cinema and enjoy the Film Group's movie. It draws people from Goulburn and the surrounding district. The quality of the film offering has generated a high degree of 'customer loyalty' and the Sunday afternoon screenings have become a regular event for many people. The movies selected for screening come from independent film distributors and are predominantly story driven focussing on a wide range of social, economic, political and personal themes. The movies cover a range of genres including drama, comedy, documentary and the occasional musical.

Steve and Josephine greatly appreciate the support of Mandy and Andrew Moore, the proprietors of the Lilac City Cinema without whose generous assistance the Film Group could not operate. As well, cinema staff members Karen Bourke, Stacey Collins, Robert Ings, Cameron Kenny and Jerrod Murdoch always offer invaluable assistance. During 2017 they also greatly valued the administrative abilities and support of Lillie Brown, Giselle Newbury and Susan Conroy of the STA team. The Goulburn Film Group's wishes to publicly acknowledge and thank these three highly professional and competent people.   The Goulburn Film Group has currently 269 people registered on its email newsletter. Email gbnfilmgroup@yahoo.com.au or phone Steve Chapman (4829 0111) if you would like to be included on the Film Group's email newsletter. 



World movies feature regularly and include delights such as the highly-acclaimed French film Incendies and the French/Russian production Concert; a joyous story filled with great wit and humanity.

The most popular movies over the past ten years some requiring a second screening - are The Weeping Camel (Mongolia); Africa United (South Africa/Rwanda);  A Separation (Iran); Pan's Labyrinth (Spain); Testament of Youth (UK);  Force Majeure (Sweden); Mr Turner (UK); Wadja (Saudi Arabia); About Elly (Iran); Hunt for the Wilderpeople (NZ); Denial (USA); The Light Between Oceans (NZ/UK); Rosalia Blum (France);  Alis Wedding (Aust.); Churchill (UK); The Measure of a Man (France); and Madame Bovary (UK).

MAKING IT HAPPEN-LEADING CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT IN ARTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT Southern Tablelands Arts is the peak arts and cultural agency for the region through its investment in and development of meaningful cultural development programs and services.


ILLUMINARTE WOLLONDILLY IlluminARTe Wollondilly is the defining art festival of the region and is a multi arts showcase of visual arts, multimedia, craft, music and performance. Into its third year IlluminARTe has proven to be hugely successful and surpassed all expectations for visitor numbers with 20,000 attending in year one and over 30,000 since IlluminARTe Wollondilly engages respected lead artists for the digital projections, lantern making and musical entertainment ensuring the festival provides a quality and unique arts experience for artists, participants and visitors. IlluminARTe also includes a 3 day art exhibition for professional and emerging artists, a lantern parade, live performances by local musicians, buskers and artisan markets. IlluminARTe Wollondilly closes Menangle street of Picton, uses old and new lighting technologies and showcases the lively and creative life in the Wollondilly. The festival theme changes annually to ensure that the festival evolves and retains elements of surprise and joy. IlluminARTe celebrates what is unique about our place and our community and fires the imagination of all - the artists and creators, participants, audiences, Council and local business.


IlluminARTe proudly boasts and celebrates the creatives of Wollondilly and the region and demonstrates that engaging contemporary art practitioners with participants and audiences is a great way to celebrate the resilience and good will in our community. Council has long standing rapport and professional partnerships with Southern Tablelands Arts, Picton Chamber of Commerce and the Wollondilly Arts Group ensuring economic viability, longevity and sustainability of the festival.

SCIENCE HUB The Southern Tablelands Science Hub was established in 2017 using funding received from an Inspiring Australia Grant. The science hub originally intended to run just 7 events across the region, but the popularity of the Neural Knitworks events raised that to almost double.  The events spanned both science and art and led to science engagement across the program. Giselle also attended the Science Hub forum in Sydney, gaining great insights for the 2018 program.  Visit our website to sign up to the Science Hub Facebook Page.

GLOBAL SOUNDS REGIONAL TOWNS Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra delighted and inspired participants and audiences from the Southern Tablelands region. The eleven piece orchestra is comprised of musicians representing diverse cultural and religious backgrounds who demonstrate and affirm the power of collaboration and respect for diversity through music and performance.


The musical program of workshops and performance offered an inter-generational experience and ran in Picton Goulburn and Yass with over 100 people attending the workshops and performance. Participants then perfomed a piece of music with the Orchestra at the Sunday concert at St Saviours Cathedral Hall. Visit our Youtube page to see the Global Sounds Video. 

BUILD YOUR OWN ARTS BUSINESS A TAFE Cert III course run with Southern Tablelands Arts and Workspace 2580 and saw 18 artists and creatives across the region take part in the Build Your Own Arts Business course. Part of the Southern tablelands Arts Strategic planning is to increase access to professional development for artists and creatives. 

WORDPRESS In partnership with Regional Development Australia Southern Inland and LNS computers Southern Tablelands Arts ran a series of website building workshops across the region with over 60 new websites created for artists and creative industries in the region.


TAX AND INSURANCE TIPS Tax and insurance tips for artists sessions were held in 3 LGA’s seeing over 20 people gain valuable insight into insurance options and some great tips for tax for both artists, creatives and micro businesses.

WASTE FREE FOR ME Waste free for me was a project developed with funding from NSW Environmental Trust and engaged with the EPA's  Love Food Hate Waste program.  Environmental education and creative processes were used  with participants designing fabric to create reusable bees wax food wraps.  The designs created were personal reactions to a program discussing food waste that included, shopping to a list, using leftovers, and storing food correctly. Visit our Youtube page to see our Waste Free for Me videos.

MEMORY BOX Working with Art Therapist Chris McCabe 11 people who had suffered a bereavement worked using creative practice to build memory boxes.  Southern Tablelands Arts as part of its arts and health strategy will continue to work towards creating meaningful arts experiences to promote health and wellbeing.  The project was supported by the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.


Southern Tablelands Arts was able to offer a pilot program of the Dancing for Wellbeing classes. The dance for wellbeing program was made possible with a partnership with the Belconnen Arts Centre and Dancing for Parkinsons Australia. Almost 80 participants over two weeks participated in the program with feedback overwhelmingly positive from participants, carers and service providers. Visit our Youtube page to see our dance for wellbeing videos.

WINEPRESS Southern Tablelands Arts, with Eden Road Wines offers an annual writers event in  Yass Valley. 2017 was a unique opportunity to hear two outstanding scientists and authors talk about their recent publications.  LJM Owen and Karen Viggers engaged audiences in a discussion lead by Cris Kennedy of National FIlm and Sound Archive.

MAISIE'S CHOIR Maisie's Choir continues long after the initial creative ageing funding was spent. The choir performs regularly at local events. The Summer Lovin' Concert brought together Maisie's with the Dante Musica Viva choir from Canberra for a November showcase.  The combined choirs concert was a great success with over 80 people in the audience and more than 80 on stage! Maisie's Choir continues to meet each Tuesday morning at the Yass Soldiers Club.  Visit our Youtube page to view our Maisie's Choir videos. 


Southern Tablelands Arts continues to bring film the regional areas with the use and hiring of the inflatable film screen equipment.  2017 saw simultaneous screenings of the Access All Areas Film Festival as well as pictures and popcorn in the park, Stars in the Garden, Seniors week films and more. To hire to 4m inflatable screen for your community event, please contact 4823 4407.

Wollondilly Shire Council: $4980 to support the creation of new works by Aboriginal Artists from the Dharawal Nation. The project featured eight workshops led by renowned Aboriginal artist Garry Jones. The works created by the Black Cockatoo Aboriginal Corporation were then digitised and projected on the buildings in Picton for the 2017 IlluminARTe Wollondilly Festival.



BRIDGE TO SING Goulburn Mulwaree Council-Goulburn Leisure Link: $3,051 for a choir featuring people with disability to work with a music therapist and develop a performance for the 2017 International Day of People with Disability. The Bridge to Sing choir has been a successful venture with the choir performing at events throughout the year.  Including Pictures and Popcorn in the Park and Harmony Day. 


Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council: $4,960 for Queanbeyan students to create a symbol depicting a future free from violence. The design was workshopped into a public art mosaic. The mosaic was created from the image drawn by young Jerrabomberra artist Sophie McKinlay of Jerrabomberra Public School. 


Communications We have an active and engaged online community but find that 30% of participants are still finding us through word of mouth and through traditional media.


28 projects in partnership with 40 organisations involving over 100 artists

2017 AT A GLANCE Funding Sources


Staff Susan Conroy Executive Director Giselle Newbury Projects & Â Communications Lillie Brown Arts Administration Trainee




SOUTHERN TABLELANDS ARTS SOUTHERN TABLELANDS ARTS BOARD PRESIDENT                                      Susan Brindle VICE PRESIDENT                            Evol McLead SECRETARY                                        Ann Frederick TREASURER                                        Joanne McCauley ORDINARY MEMBERS                   Rob Moran, Ann Frederick, Maisy Stapleton, Mark Bradbury. 




A comprehensive report on 2016 activities and our audited financial statements are available for download from our website www.southerntablelandsarts.com.au


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