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4 July 2017

Next year's Regional Centre for Culture initiative takes a step forward with the appointment of two experienced producers – Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh.

Jo Porter has a wealth of experience in the arts and culture sector having worked in producing and business development roles in Australia, the UK and USA.

Jo is the former Chair of Geelong theatre company Back to Back and former Executive Producer at Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre. She has worked on a range of Broadway and West-End theatre productions for acclaimed producers Richard Frankel Productions in New York and Really Useful Group in London.

In Australia, Jo has worked with a range of clients, including The Australian Ballet to the City of Ballarat, Chamber Made Opera and St Martins Youth Theatre.

Elizabeth Walsh is an artistic director, producer and curator who has worked across the performing and visual arts sector. Her career has seen her create new work with small companies through to national institutions and international festivals.

Elizabeth is the former director of Footscray Community Arts Centre and the former CEO and artistic director of Tasmania's state-wide cultural festival Ten Days on the Island. 

Jo and Elizabeth will work with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, local councils, creative practitioners and groups and the local community to develop the Regional Centre for Culture program.

An initiative of the Victorian Government's Creative State strategy, the first ever Regional Centre for Culture will be held in 2018 across the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire.

The appointment of the producers follows the launch of the Regional Centre for Culture – Local Grants program which will provide grants of between $1,500 and $30,000 to support local creative projects and activities.

Regional Centre for Culture grants close at 5pm on Thursday 31 August 2017