Bundanon Trust, after an extensive search, welcomes Sarah Smith as the organisation's new head of marketing and communication.
Sarah brings 18-years of senior business experience into the role.
Her previous roles include being head of communications at the Sydney Opera House, director of communications and PR at Fairfax Media, senior director at Universal Music Australia and project lead audiences and digital experiences at ABC.
Bundanon Trust CEO Deborah Ely AM said Sarah’s appointment comes at a strategic and transformative time for Bundanon Trust.
The trust recently received $8.592 million, the largest allocation from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, to help enable the building of a new gallery and storage component as part of its masterplan project.
“Over the next 12-24 months, Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan project will aim to launch the new Boyd Gallery to house its unique 4,000 artworks valued at over $43 million,” the CEO said.
“We will expand our world-class facilities for student and artists, and extend public access and opening hours to enjoy live concerts, events, tours and a new café.
“Sarah will play a critical role in this transformation and we are thrilled to welcome her here.”
Sarah grew up in the Shoalhaven and recently made a ‘treechange’ from the city.
“During my career, I have had the pleasure of representing high-profile brands, businesses, projects and personalities – the best of the best,” Sarah said.
“It’s a real thrill to be able to now return home and share my skills and experience with an organisation like Bundanon Trust, a regional cultural icon committed to supporting the arts and making it accessible to all Australians – something I am very passionate about.”
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Bundanon is a unique place for Australian art.
Gifted to the Australian people in 1993 by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd the Bundanon property is located on 1,100 hectares of bush and parkland overlooking the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra.
The company’s mission is to operate the property, which includes the Bundanon Homestead site and the Riversdale site, as a centre for creative arts and education, to support scientific research and to maintain a working farm.
Bundanon’s residency program for artists, writers, musicians, dancers, performers and scholars, and its creative arts programs for children, remain an investment in Australia’s future.
Bundanon Trust is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and including the University of Wollongong, the Borland Bequest, Landcare Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW and a range of other public and private bodies.