NETS Victoria announces new leadership structure and new online program

NETS Victoria Claire Watson - photo by Kate LongleyA new leadership structure has been adopted by NETS Victoria with two new advisory committees being appointed with a focus on the Artistic Program and Fundraising.

Penny Teale has been elected as the new Chair of NETS Victoria’s Board of Management leading a team of nine. Penny, who was previously the Deputy Chair says: “NETS Victoria has undergone a review with a view to increasing diversity and building key areas,” she said

“This new structure celebrates new voices for the organisation including First Nations Peoples to actively shape the future of NETS Victoria and increase our goal to provide the best contemporary art to public galleries in Victoria and beyond. At this critical time, many new opportunities are being created and we believe we can play a leading role to support galleries in their efforts to build their presence online,” said Ms Teale.

New members Bec Cole, the Director of Creative Arts, Latrobe City Council and artist and curator Nikki Lam will help give voice to the creative needs of the sector as well as provide a regional perspective to the board.

The newly created Artistic Program Advisory Committee will be led by the previous Chair of the Board, Adam Harding. “This is an irresistible opportunity to remain invested in the organisation and support a new phase in the life of NETS Victoria,” said Adam Harding. Our first order of business is to provide a suite of online engagement opportunities for galleries and creatives that will support innovation.”

“I am excited to be working with this newly created committee – we’ll be exploring what online ingenuity means in communities across Victoria and regional Australia.”

Advisors on this newly created Committee include the Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria: Myles Russell-Cook; Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce; and artist Zoë Bastin. David Hurlston, Curator of Australian Art at the NGV is also on the Committee.

A new Development and Fundraising Committee has been created and will be chaired by Architect and Lecturer, Jan van Schaik. “More than ever, NETS Victoria needs to develop strategies for developing new income streams,” said Jan van Schaik. “Longevity and meaningful investment will enable us to effectively support the galleries that we serve.”

The Director of NETS Victoria Claire Watson, who was appointed late last year to lead the organisation says: “I thank the Board for their proactive and collaborative approach as we devise new ways for serving public galleries during this challenging time.”

NETS Victoria delivers the best contemporary art, craft and design to regional Victoria and beyond. The organisation works closely with curators and galleries to develop ambitious and stimulating exhibitions that foster the exchange of ideas and promote new works by a diverse range of leading and emerging Australian artists.

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Image: Claire Watson – photo by Kate Longley