The inaugural meeting of the Kangaroo Island Arts Committee, established by the Commissioner for KI, Wendy Campana was held last month.

A group of KI artists and arts organisations came together last month for the inaugural meeting of the KI Arts Committee, established by the Commissioner for KI, Wendy Campana.

A survey was conducted in February this year, followed by a workshop in May to determine key priorities for the island’s visual arts community.

It was determined that a committee could assist in developing strategies to address these priorities. The Commissioner sought nominations from KI’s key arts organisations, events committees and artists.

The committee is comprised of: Pat Austin (KI Council), Kylie Bamfield (Tourism KI), Ginny Grant (Artist), Nick Hannaford (KI Industry and Brand Alliance), Roger Hansen (KI Arts Collective), Michele Lane (Artist), Robyn Molsher (KI Arts Society), Fleur Peters (commercial gallery owner), Peggy Rismiller (Easter Art Exhibition), Dean Wiles (Arts Feastival), Wendy Campana (OCKI), Cate Stanford (OCKI - Executive Officer).

At the inaugural meeting, the committee was joined by representatives from Country Arts SA. Arts Programs Director, Anthony Peluso. Creative Programs Manager, Merilyn de Nys provided information on Country Arts SA’s mission and projects, in addition to the resources available to support artists in regional SA.

“Country Arts SA vision is to support and grow arts across regional SA. Art has the power to transform lives and can help to build prosperous and resilient regional communities. We look forward to continuing our work with KI artists; building on their strong creative culture and history of art making,” Athony Peluso said.

The committee also heard from the KI Council about its Arts and Culture Policy and its support of arts on the island. Grants for arts projects will be possible through the Community Capital Infrastructure Program and the Community Partnerships Grant Program.

The Office of the Commissioner for KI will develop an ‘Arts Action Plan’ in consultation with the committee to consider methods of achieving agreed objectives.

“Through the KI Transformation Project, my office has been working with the Island’s key industry groups to support their growth. I am glad that we are now having this conversation with the KI visual arts community. KI has a vibrant arts community and I recognise the social and economic contribution of art, particularly in regional areas,” Wendy Campana said. Visit: kangarooislandcommissioner.sa.gov.au.