Eastern Riverina Arts (ERA) is the bedrock for arts and cultural development throughout our region.
ERA works within these communities to support creative practitioners, stimulate creative activity and increase participation in the arts. In this way, we seek to be an exemplar of regional arts practice and facilitation and support the diverse cultural ecosystems across our region.
We work in collaboration with the eight Local Government Areas of Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Lockhart, Junee, Snowy Valleys, Temora and Wagga Wagga. We’re part of a unique network of arts organisations across regional New South Wales.
We foster opportunities for creative participation for our region.
We uphold the following principles:
- that everyone has the right to participate in the arts and communities benefit when they do,
- that communities prosper with strong connections to the arts and creativity,
- that artists deserve to be paid fairly,
- that creative industries are a catalyst for regional development,
- that First Nations artists enrich our culture and deserve to participate economically
- in the creative industries,
- that diversity of cultural expression enhances our community,
- that working in partnership with like minded organisations can yield
- outstanding results,
- that stories of our place must be told, and
- that ethical and authentic conduct is essential.
What we offer
- We foster creative practice in our area, assisting creatives to realise their work.
- We lead projects that deliver social, economic and creative outcomes across our region.
- We collaborate with artists, creatives and communities to create new work.
- We provide information, programs and activities which enhance the scope and capabilities of the creative sector.
- We promote the arts and creative practice of our region to a wider audience.
- We advocate for the value of arts and cultural practice to government and the wider community.
Over the last 25 years, ERA has built a reputation in NSW as a leading regional arts development organisation. The organisation has a remarkable track record of facilitating creative work and supporting artists, while also being a focal point for community engagement with the arts in the Eastern Riverina.
We recognise that our operating environment is fluid and changeable. And it’s not in our nature to stay still. For these reasons, we want to propel ERA forward and make our organisation bigger and better. Our plan to 2024 is focused on that. We want our activities to have greater reach and greater impact; to be of our community and stretch outside it.
In 2020, ERA is hosting Artstate, Australia’s most prominent conference on regional arts activity. It’s a huge opportunity for us to showcase our work and our region. But it’s also an opportunity to build our capacity and plan for succession.
We want to use Artstate as a catalyst for growth. So we’re making a big decision to second Executive Director Scott Howie for a year to be Artistic Director of Artstate and thus give us the best chance of capitalising on this opportunity.
During 2020, our Executive Director Tim Kurylowicz will sustain our existing activities but also explore new opportunities and partnerships to foster and create work that is relevant to our local community. We will build on our recent work blending arts with disability support and education. Through our First Nations Cultural Reference Group we will support Aboriginal-led arts and cultural development in the region. And we will continue our push to establish a new home for ERA as a hub for creative activity in the heart of Wagga Wagga.
We see ourselves as regional leaders in the arts, but our ambition is greater than that. We have deep expertise in community arts in a region and we can take that expertise nationally. We will always seek to generate work which comes from our region, while finding markets for our services in other parts of Australia.
By 2024, we want to be:
- an organisation with a staff of 5-6 (including a creative producer),
- attracting funding from a range of sources,
- generating a significant proportion our own revenue, and
- developing programs and activities within our local area which can have