Caroline Downer

Caroline is the Executive Director of Arts North West since 2015. She has over 20 years’ experience in the gallery sector, in public programs and curatorial and as the former Director of the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale. She is also committed to regional community arts organisations and is interested in a broad range of the arts from visual arts and film, to music. She has coordinated large regional music festivals, and served on a number of arts committees including the State Government’s Classical Music Artform Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Bachelor of Music (Hons Performance) and a Master of Arts Honours (Museum Studies) from The University of Melbourne and is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Developing Program. In 2020, Caroline was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for services to performing and visual arts. She plays the viola da gamba in her spare time.

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