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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 awealth of experience in the arts and culture sector having worked in producingand business development roles in Australia, the UK and USA.

Jo is the former Chairof Geelong theatre company Back to Back and former Executive Producer atMelbourne's Malthouse Theatre. She has worked on a range of Broadway andWest-End theatre productions for acclaimed producers Richard FrankelProductions in New York and Really Useful Group in London.

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

Elizabeth Walsh isan artistic director, producer and curator who has worked across the performingand visual arts sector. Her career has seen her create new work with smallcompanies through to national institutions and international festivals.

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

Jo and Elizabethwill work with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, local councils,creative practitioners and groups and the local community to develop the RegionalCentre for Culture program.

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

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