Arts Northern Rivers Farewell Executive Director Peter Wood

Arts Northern Rivers Farewell Executive Director Peter Wood

The Arts Northern Rivers Board of Directors have announced that Executive Director Peter Wood will be leaving the role to take up a new post as Regional Arts and Partnership Manager for Create NSW.

Arts Northern Rivers Chair, Cr Elly Bird said: “We are naturally saddened to see Peter go but extremely pleased for him and the new opportunity this role presents. After almost 10 years in the role, Peter has delivered some significant projects and changes to the organisation and leaves it in an extremely strong position both financially and through the many projects being rolled out across the region.”

Arts Northern Rivers is the peak arts body for the region and part of fourteen Regional Arts Development Organisations that span regional NSW. During his tenure, Peter was responsible for attracting over three million dollars in core and project funding to deliver services across the Northern Rivers region. During this time, he delivered the critically acclaimed If These Halls Could Talk initiative that brought professional artists together to celebrate these cultural assets, which has recently been picked up by Interstate and International Festivals – Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania) and Findhorn Bay Arts Festival (Scotland). Most recently Peter secured over $170,00 in funding to support artists and arts organisations impacted by the COVID19 health crisis.

 “It’s been a great honour to lead this amazing organisation for almost 10 years. Over that time, I’ve had the pleasure of devising and delivering some extraordinary projects with our dedicated team. The Northern Rivers is home to some of NSW’s finest artists and organisations, which has made this job so richly rewarding. While it’s sad to say goodbye, I’m pleased to be remaining in the region and working in new ways to support arts and cultural development across Regional NSW.” – Peter Wood.

The hunt is now on for a new Executive Director to lead the organisation into its next exciting phase. Applications are now being called for dynamic, creative arts professionals with a track record in project and service delivery for the arts sector. An application package can be downloaded here and further information is available by contacting the office on 02 6621 4433 or

Image | Peter Wood launching ‘Our Way Stories’ | Photograph by Kate Holmes