Southern Tablelands Arts works with our members, makers & creative communities. Energising and supporting the living culture of the Southern Highlands & Tablelands of NSW through a program of activities and events. We support, create, educate and advocate for the arts in the region.
Our Councils are Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Hilltops Council, Upper Lachlan Shire, Wingecarribee Shire, Wollondilly Shire and Yass Valley Council. Queanbeyan Palerang Council are currently not contributing members. STA are part of the state wide network of Regional Arts Development Organisations supported by Create NSW.
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we create, live & work.
We are regularly in a town near you at one of our Mobile Office locations.
Rose Marin Executive Director
Lives in Queanbeyan Palerang. Committed arts professional.
Artist, educator and gardener.
Giselle Newbury Coordinator Community Arts & Communications
Lives in Goulburn Mulwaree. Knitter, poet and accidental art collector.
Michael Simic Music NSW Regional Music Officer
Lives in Queanbeyan Palerang. Performer, crooner and super cool guy. Three days per week.
Cathy Hutton Volunteer
Lives in Goulburn Mulwaree. Italophile and creator of unique vintage button jewellery pieces.
Dorothy Rollins Volunteer
Lives in Queanbeyan Palerang. Art lover and engaged community member.
Susan Brindle President
Lives in Wingecarribee Shire.
Interior Designer, lover of art and fashionista.
Rob Moran Vice President
Lives in Wingecarribee Shire and works with Wollondilly Council. Community hero with skills in education & access.
Lousie Wakefield Secretary and Public Officer
Lives in Goulburn Mulwaree. Strategy and leadership guru. Keen theatre goer and writer with the world’s most stylish office.
Lives in Goulburn Mulwaree. Lawyer and member of the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce in his spare time.
Dr Michelle Storey
Lives in Yass Valley. Retired theoretical astrophysicist, committed supporter of local arts and craft organisations.
Lives in Wingecarribee Shire. Artist, designer writer and global citizen.
Regional Arts NSW is the peak body and support agency for arts and cultural development in regional NSW. Regional Arts NSW works together with the fourteen independent regional arts Boards of NSW to address the challenge of diversity across the state.
Southern Tablelands Arts works with our six contributing local government authorities across the Southern Tablelands region.
Includes the city of Goulburn and villages at Bungonia, Lake Bathurst, Marulan, Tallong and Tarago. Estimated resident population is 31,132, with a population density of 0.10 persons per hectare
Centres include the townships of Boorowa, Harden – Murrumburrah and Young, and villages of Bendick Murrell, Bribbaree, Frogmore, Galong, Jugiong, Koorawatha, Monteagle, Murringo, Reids Flat, Rugby, Rye Park and Wombat. Estimated resident population is 18,704 with a population density of 0.03 persons per hectare.
Settlement based mainly in the township of Crookwell, townships of Gunning and Taralga and the villages and centres of Bigga, Binda, Breadalbane, Collector, Dalton, Grabben Gullen, Jerrawa, Laggan and Tuena. Estimated resident population is 8,059, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.
Centres at Bowral, Moss Vale and Mittagong, Robertson and Bundanoon and many smaller villages and townships. Estimated resident population is 51,134, with a population density of 0.19 persons per hectare.
Centres including Tahmoor, Picton, Bargo, Douglas Park, Menangle, Thirlmere and Tahmoor. Estimated resident population is 53,149, with a population density of 0.21 persons per hectare.
Centres at Yass and villages at Binalong, Bookham, Bowning, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman, Sutton and Wee Jasper. Estimated resident population is 17,087, with a population density of 0.04 persons per hectare.
Currently not a contributing member. Please contact council for information. Centres are Queanbeyan and Bungendore, with townships at Braidwood and Captains Flat. Estimated resident population is 61,100, with a population density of 0.11 persons per hectare.
Southern Tablelands Arts is proud to be one of the 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) across NSW all of whom are supported by Regional Arts NSW. The network is made up of unique, innovative and passionate people who champion the arts and culture in their regions by providing support, programs and projects to those who live, work and play across regional NSW.
Southern Tablelands Arts is delighted to share with you a detailed introduction to our network, through the launch of NSW Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO) Ebook. The Ebook includes case studies showcasing and celebrating the success of the regional arts network. The compilation provides insight into the value that the RADOs bring to their communities both as individual organisations and as a united network that advocates for the importance and success of regional artists. It demonstrates examples of the innovative practices and programs that the RADOs have undertaken and highlights the impact that this network has within each unique community.
The projects highlighted in the E-book span from the Southern Tablelands across to north-eastern pocket of the Northern Rivers to the far-western edge of The Darling, along the banks of The Murray River, across the sweeping plains of The Riverina and everywhere in-between.
Southern Tablelands Arts has evolved from an informal grouping of local government and local Arts Council representatives in 1996 known as Southern Tablelands Regional Arts Advisory Council. The main role of the organisation was to provide support and advice to a newly appointed Regional Arts Development Officer. In 1997 the organisation became incorporated and was renamed as Southern Tablelands Regional Arts Inc in 1998.
From 1996 to 1999 the Arts Council of NSW was responsible for the financial management of the organisation and employment of the Regional Arts Development Officer. During 1998/99 there was a transition to local, more direct management including employment of staff, collection of local government contributions, diversifying the membership base, drafting and managing budgets relating to programs and day to day operational duties.
From 1996 to 2017 there have been five Regional Arts Development Officers. The position title changed to Executive Director in 2016. The first part-time administration assistant was employed in 2001 and the first part time communications officer was employed in 2013. In 2020, the Executive Director and Coordinator Community Arts and Communications are full time positions and there is a volunteer administration assistant