Ros is the Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia, prior to that she was the Director and Creative Producer for Artlands Victoria (Australia’s national regional arts event).
Ros has been working in the arts industry for over 20 years with experience across Creative Direction, Strategic Design and Arts management.
Ros is committed to the concepts of collaboration as vital to building arts and creative industries and believes in the need to be innovative, accessible and founded in a practice that is multidisciplinary and participatory. Ros works to provide engaging platforms for social inclusion, creativity and accessible cultural experiences.
A signature of her approach is to bring together emerging, established and community artists to stimulate dialogue and create new works in accessible public environments. Her cross-disciplinary approach blends practical and academic experience facilitating stakeholder engagement that stimulates a dialogue that supports and creates accessible arts and cultural environments. Ros considers art spaces as a cultural landscape to be more than their physical place and design programs for the spaces in-between crafting unique contemporary experiences
Working across the arts regionally, Ros is embedded in the national regional arts sector and has an understanding of state, national and international models and relations.
Recent projects have included, Creative Director for Moomba Festival, Festival Director and CEO Shepparton Festival, Creative Consultant Darebin City Council, Creative Director Illuminate Festival and Creative Director New Year’s Eve Melbourne. Prior to this, Ros completed a three-year contract in Hobart successfully directing and delivering the annual Taste Festival - Tasmania’s premier summer event. Other previous positions have included Artistic Director for On the Map, Festival Director for Mudfest10 - Melbourne University Diversity Festival, and the direction and delivery of three Moonee Valley Festivals (2005, 06 & 07). Prior to this Ros initiated and produced a multi arts venue ‘96F’ for the Centre for Adult Education.
Ros’s qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, BA Hons Social Anthropology and relevant industry certificates. A keen facilitator of knowledge Ros is currently completing a Masters in Applied Anthropology and has lectured for several years at Melbourne University.