The most recent meeting of the AH&C Pillar on 28 October via zoom included the election of Jason Smith (Director & CEO, Geelong Gallery) as Pillar Leader and Joel McGuiness (CEO Geelong Arts Centre) as Deputy Leader for 2021.
All Pillar members provided detailed updates on organisational and Shire projects in the context of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, and the various ways in which planning for COVID recovery is being undertaken for broader communities.
Several organisations and Shires working on innovative projects to celebrate NAIDOC week.
Notable developments include progress on second stage building works for Golden Plains Council’s Civic Centre in Bannockburn; imminent completion of galleries refurbishment at National Wool Museum; initiation of Stage 3 capital works for GAC; Gallery Expansion Business Case planning at Geelong Gallery; confirmation of on-line GLHC Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival; and Surf Coast Shire Management Plan and Lease Agreement for Former Sport and Recreation Centre handover to Community Arts close to finalisation.
Various Pillar representatives are sitting on the Project Working Group for the Committee for Geelong’s Creative Industries Strategy for G21 region, with the appointment of a consultant to draft the Strategy to be finalised in November.
The Pillar thanked outgoing G21 CEO Elaine Carbines for her commitment to arts, heritage and culture organisations and priority projects.