2015 has been a good year

australian-summer-christmas-tree-eucalyptus-gum-red-ornament-hanging-35343515Some of the great things to come out of this year have been:

  • Flugelman purchases, painting and sculpture
  • Continuation of the Music in the Park series
  • $20 000 directly into our arts community through the Cultural Grants Scheme
  • 297 followers on the Kiama Cultural Network blog site with 295 following on Facebook
  • 40% increase in views on the Kiama Cultural Network blog site – 10034 views this year by 4472 visitors.
  • Funding for architectural plans to be drawn up for a new Kiama Arts Centre
  • The Kiama Kaberet! Twice!
  • Another year of the Kiama KISS Arts, Folk by the Sea and Jazz and Blues Festivals
  • A Busking Competition and 56 Busking Permits issued
  • Album and single releases; The Vanns, Benn Gunn, David Christopher, Alex Hallahan,
  • Record deal for Imogen Clark with Universal Music Australia
  • Kingdog & the Catz number 3 for Funk in Australia on the N1M charts with their single ROMANCE
  • Painter Olivia Alexander received her 4 arts awards.
  • Author and Poet Chrissie Paice received 2nd place in the Adrien Abbott Prize with her poem ‘Ode to Joyless’
  • Photographer Ryan North awarded as the Junior ANZANG Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
  • Country musician Benn Gunn three weeks in #1 position on the Australian Country Tracks Charts with his single Girls Like Guys With Trucks
  • Release and local screening of the new Orry Kelly film
  • Orry Kelly, Charmian Clift, Dennis Koks and John Downton inducted in the Kiama Arts Honour Roll
  • Artists Gatherings
  • Annual Art Society Exhibition
  • Daisy the Decorated Dairy Cow repairs and relaunching
  • And, much, much more that I have run out of the time to mention… (but please add your own in the comments below)

In these coming times of change we need to be celebrating and shouting the Kiama arts community achievements from the roof tops!!

I am so privileged to work in and with this amazing community and melting pot of creative talent. Thank you to each and everyone of you who have allowed me into your world.

A special thank you to the members of the Kiama Cultural Board who work tirelessly to promote and advocate for the arts within Council and support the work that I do.

Also a big thank you to the General Manager, Michael Forsyth and the Councillors (particularly Neil Reilly and Mark Way) of Kiama Council whose commitment to the arts supports all that we do.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, see you all on the flip side!

Louise

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