The City of Greater Bendigo is seeking expressions of interest from community members who would like to be considered for the Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Committee.
Established as one of the key actions outlined in the Greater Creative Bendigo Strategy, the first advisory committee is now nearing its initial three-year term.
Director Strategy and Growth Steve Hamilton said the committee was created to provide the best possible advice, guidance, and strategic representation to Council on matters concerning creative industries, innovation, and the implementation of the strategy.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank current committee members who have provided valuable insights for the City. Meetings are productive, and opinions are valued.
“We have approximately six positions available, and the City looks forward to inviting new voices and energy to the table,” Mr Hamilton said.
“This will be a formal advisory committee of Council and it will meet regularly to provide an important advisory and advocacy role for a diverse range of creative industries.
“The members of the committee will also contribute to the long term vision of how the City and the community can work together to realise a future with creativity at its core.
“Creative industries form a significant and growing part of our economy which supports and generates jobs and investment. It also plays an important role in the health and wellbeing across the community and showcases Greater Bendigo to a wider audience.”
There are no formal requirements for membership, but a passion and belief in the positive outcomes that the arts and creative industries bring to the Greater Bendigo region is essential. The City encourages diverse perspectives and voices.
The arts and creative industries can include any of the following: community arts, cultural development, arts management, visual arts, design, fashion, performing arts, digital arts, video games, animation, film and television, photography, radio and broadcast, sculpture, craft, pottery, jewellery making, weaving, writing, publishing, architecture, public art, sound art, music, as well as the museum, galleries, and events sectors.
A broad range of skills and experiences are beneficial to the committee which could include but are not limited to:
• Experience as a practising artist or creative across one or several artforms
• Creative business experience
• Events or tourism industry experience
• Experience working with arts organisations
• Experience working with community organisations, educational facilities, cultural
• Cultural development or community development
• Advocacy work
• Policy and strategy experience
Expressions of interest can be submitted by completing an online form by Friday August 25.
Submissions will be discussed by a panel, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to a brief interview, with final recommendations then taken to Council.
Please contact Creative Industries Officer Mandy Field on 1300 002 642 or email [email protected] if you would prefer to complete the expressions of interest in a different format, or if you need assistance.