Portfolio: arts and culture



The ERA arts and culture portfolio recognises the invaluable support, funding and opportunities that local Government offers artists and cultural groups, and how this support plays an integral role in developing creative, vibrant and diverse communities.

The work of the arts and culture portfolio is guided by the principles of community cultural development and placemaking. Each representative brings a mix of skills and expertise to the portfolio, ranging from curatorial, financial, marketing and mentoring.

Working together, this newest portfolio in the Eastern Region Alliance is committed to fostering opportunities for professional and non-professional artists as well as high quality arts and cultural experiences for people and children from all walks of life. At the same time, the portfolio also aims to raise the profile of ERA through collaborations and other partnerships.

Terms of reference
As part of the establishment of the portfolio, a comprehensive Terms of Reference document has been developed to guide the plans and activities of the group into the future.

2013 SALA Festival: The ERA we live in

The Arts and Culture Group launched its inaugural collaborative exhibition ‘The ERA We Live In’ on 4 August 2013 at the Prospect Gallery as part of SALA 2013.

The exhibition is now touring to each ERA Council over the next 12 months:

Pepper Street Arts Centre (17 Jan – 7 Feb 2014),
City of Campbelltown (14 Feb – 28 Feb),
City of Unley (18 Mar – 20 Apr),
City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters (4 May – 6 Jun),
Gallery 1855 CTTG (6 Jul – 2 Aug)
Town Of Walkerville (17 Aug – 14 Sept 2014).

The accompanying Exhibition catalogue is available at each Council to accompany their Launch.

ERA arts and culture brochure
A brochure will soon be available that showcases the wide range of galleries, events and activities available for artists and the general public in the eastern region. Available through all ERA galleries, libraries, arts and community centres and council offices, the brochure includes details of the various cultural programs, venue locations and key contacts.

Goals and future projects
Annual SALA related activities
ERA councils have enjoyed a long association with the annual SALA festival, and this will continue through the work of the arts and culture group. Annual exhibitions and programs will be developed, building on the successes of the past and the creativity and innovation of the future.

ERA artists register
A register will be developed to allow ERA-based artists to upload their details on a web-based register, which will be available to the public as well as shared by ERA councils. Once registered, artists will be easily identified and invited to participate in exhibitions and programs.

ERA events calendar
The portfolio will bring together all the exhibition, performance, event and activity programs from the ERA region and develop a 'one stop shop' calendar to showcase arts and cultural activities.

ERA 'train the trainer' opportunity
ERA-based artists will be encouraged to share their skills with budding emerging artists and will receive training to do so. This 'train the trainer' program will equip local artists to effectively prepare training and workshops, and develop appropriate skills to transfer knowledge and ideas to the 'next generation' of artists.


Links and documents  
ERA Arts and Culture Portfolio terms of reference
ERA we live in brief 10 July.pdf
The ERA we live in - EOI final.doc

Council contacts:
Carolyn Ramsey, Manager Arts Gallery and Events
8342 8075, or 0411 209 941

Sally Patterson, Team Leader, Pepper St, Arts & Youth
8366 4286 or 0438 404954


Ele Stoddard, Social & Cultural Development Officer
8366 9207

Norwood Payneham and St Peters
Mary Giles, Community Arts Officer
8366 4602

Matthew Ives, Cultural Development Coordinator
8372 5134, or 0417 087 142

Sonia De Nicola, Marketing and Communications Manager
0478 408 789

Tea Tree Gully
Michael Treasure, Performing Arts Officer
8397 7426, or 0404 303 596

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