Scott Howie takes a bow at Artstate

After drawing high praise for his successful arts program at Artstate Wagga Wagga, Scott Howie has announced his intention to move on from the helm of Eastern Riverina Arts onto new challenges.

The COVID-safe conference and arts festival marks the highlight of the cultural calendar in Regional NSW, bringing more than 35 exhibitions, performances and events to Wagga Wagga on 5-8 November 2020. Mr Howie was pivotal to luring Artstate to Southern NSW and curated the arts program.

During his tenure at Eastern Riverina Arts, Mr Howie established strong networks and a range of strategic projects that benefitted communities right across the Eastern Riverina Region.

Scott Howie said, “After 10 years of running Eastern Riverina Arts, and a huge year doing some amazing projects, it is time for me to pass on the baton to the next generation. The organisation is in the strongest position it has ever been and the team we have working here is fantastic. I feel absolutely confident in stepping away.”

In 2020 he led a rapid pivot of Platform (an NDIS-funded sensory art space) into PLATFORM LIVE, an online accessible streaming arts festival, which drew broad acclaim and a nationwide audience.

Anne Lowe, chair of Eastern Riverina Arts said, “The programs Scott has developed, supported and implemented over the last 10 years have brought real value to the region both for the creatives involved and the communities who have enjoyed the experiences.”

Anne Lowe said, “It comes as no surprise that the artistic program he brought to life in Artstate was diverse, creative and inspiring and was truly a pinnacle of his career with Eastern Riverina Arts.

“The year has been difficult for the arts sector but this has only challenged Scott to think more creatively and this program celebrated the huge array of talent in this region.”

Scott Howie said, “It has been such an honour to work with the artists, the community groups, the dedicated volunteers, the committed Councillors and Council staff to make the Eastern Riverina such a vibrant place of creative activity. The depth and breadth of art practice and creative endeavours is astounding.

“I would like to pay a special thank you to all the board members and the three chairpeople I have worked with over the decade. Their guidance and support has allowed me to develop amazing projects with communities right across the Riverina, and bring to life projects with long lasting results.”

“After I finish up with Artstate I’m jumping straight into a small creative project for Arbour Festival. Then I am taking a well-earned break, and develop some new creative projects in Regional NSW”

The veteran cultural guru and administrator will leave Eastern Riverina Arts in January 2021.

Eastern Riverina Arts is one of 14 regional arts development organisations operating in NSW as part of the Regional Arts Network. Covering eight local government areas and servicing a population in excess of 110,000, Eastern Riverina Arts exists to provide support for cultural and creative industries’ programs and projects, connecting communities and enriching the regional experience.


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