News

July 26, 2017

Vale Doreen Warburton

Categories: General, News, Press

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd, operators of the Q Theatre and holders of the Q legacy

We mourn the passing of Doreen Warburton OBE (1930 – 2017)

Founder of the Q Theatre and inspiration to generations of  theatre makers.

Long will your work live on in Penrith and through your students and colleagues.

Condolences to friends and family

Vale

Be part of Penrith’s creative heart

Board & Committee Nominations Now Open

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd, operators of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, is seeking nominations from interested Greater Western Sydney based community members to the Board of Management and to art form based advisory committees. These are volunteer positions.

PP&VA Ltd is a public company limited by guarantee and a controlled entity of Penrith City Council. It is a producer, curator, presenter and a leader in industry-led arts education experiences in the region.

BOARD DIRECTORS: 3 nominees to be appointed by Council for a 4 year term and a further 3 nominees for a 2 year term.

PERFORMING ARTS / VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 6 nominees to be appointed to each committee by the Board for a term of 3 years.

Deadline: 16 August 2017

Information for nomination to Art Form Committees

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts welcomes the input of community members through its two art-form subcommittees, and has, since 2009, included community advisors on each art-from subcommittee.

Guiding this have been the following principles:

  • Each art-form subcommittee will include approximately six community advisors (in addition to at least 3 Board Members).
  • Community advisors are to be from the local (Penrith) and regional (Greater Western Sydney) community.
  • Community advisors are selected by the Board on the basis of professional skills, community involvement, art-form interest or experience in any of the following – programming and practice, education, community arts, collection and/or heritage management (visual arts), public programming and audience development.
  • Term of membership for community advisors is three years, however renewal or re-nomination is possible through the Board.
  • PP&VA Board art-form committees meet one evening a week at 5:30pm every second month in advance of each Board meeting (January, March, May, July etc). Current meetings are Wednesdays for Visual Arts and alternating Mondays & Tuesdays for Performing Arts based on the availability of current members.
  • The role of community advisors is advisory only.
  • Terms of Reference as attached.

Information for nomination to PP&VA Board

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is seeking nominations from Greater Western Sydney based individuals with an active interest in cultural development in Penrith for membership of the Board of Management.

Nominees are requested to nominate for either a two-year term of for four years.  All Board Members are eligible for re-nomination.

The PP&VA Board seeks to be representative of the community and include a gender balance and diverse professional, cultural and artistic experiences and expertise within its make-up. Six community representatives will be appointed by Council to join three Councillors and the General Manager’s nominee.

Membership terms will commence following the Company’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 25 October 2017.

All nominees are requested to fill in a self-nomination form and attach a brief one page CV outlining relevant cultural, community and professional experience.

Board Member Job Description

As the highest leadership body of the organisation and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the Board is responsible for:

  • determining the mission and purposes of the organisation
  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the chief executive
  • strategic and organisational planning
  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • fundraising and resource development
  • approving and monitoring the organisations’ programs and services
  • enhancing the organisations’ public image
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organisation

Each individual board member is expected to

  • know the organisations’ mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • faithfully read and understand the organisations’ financial statements
  • serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organisation and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organisation to advance its mission
  • leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organisations’ mission
  • help identify personal connections that can benefit the organisations’ fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
  • participate fully in one or more committees
  • attend company events and activities.

Board members are expected to

  • follow the organisations’ policies and Board resolutions
  • declare any potential conflicts before meetings, and actual conflicts during meetings as they arise and update the formal disclosure register annually.
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organisation.

Please direct queries to Hania Radvan on 4723 7609 or by email to hania.radvan@penrith.city

Click here to download the Artform Committee Application Form – Word document.

Click here to download the Artform Committee Application Form – PDF.

Click here to download the Board Nomination Form – Word document.

Click here to download the Board Nomination Form – PDF.

Expressions of Interest – Café at Lewers

Opens 26 May | Closes 18 June

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Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is seeking Expressions of Interest from an experienced café operator for Café at Lewers at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

We are looking for a creative, commercially focussed and co-operative operator who will work with us to provide an outstanding and integrated customer experience.

Fast, friendly service coupled with a high quality menu with meals at reasonable price points will reflect the artistic, progressive and dynamic nature of the site and its patrons.  Café at Lewers is a unique offer. Housed in the grounds of an artistically significant bequest, an artist designed heritage garden and a dynamic and growing regional gallery.

Expressions of Interest open 26 May and close 18 June.

More information: Contact Dave Garner on 0414 391 971 or email dave.garner@penrith.city

Click here to download the Information Pack

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Think someone who can’t hear can’t appreciate the theatre? Think again! At The Joan, we provide theatre training for people with disabilities, through the affiliated Q Theatre Company. For this reason, we were recently included in Connect Hearing’s list of ‘Get Involved with Courses for the Hard of Hearing’.

 

The Joan is a venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance and is also home to our teaching facility the Penrith Conservatorium of Music, which provides quality music education for students of all ages and abilities. More recently, the Q Theatre Company (formerly Railway Street Theatre Company and originally the Q) moved to The Joan. Building on the substantial legacy of the Q Theatre Company, we now provide theatre training to young people aged 5-18, and people with a disability, as well as making innovative and community-focused performances.

 

‘Student-focussed,’ says Connect Hearing of the Access Ensemble program, ‘everyone gets the most out of the training based on their individual needs.’ Our Access Ensemble performing arts course is ideal for anyone who is hard of hearing or deaf. We offer the chance to experience the thrill of the theatre – and to develop your skills in performance arts – in a professional environment. But the best part about the course is the tutors.They are the kind-hearted, compassionate, and professional teaching artists that know how to make the theatre come alive – they make learning acting, movement, and expression as fun as it should be.

 

Participants in Access Ensemble gain and develop:

 

– Theatre skills and experience in a professional theatre environment;

 

– Confidence in their own voice, body and expression;

 

– Friendships with exciting new people;

 

– New forms of expression;

 

– Confidence through engaging with wider audiences.

 

At the end of the course, students get to perform in front of the public in our state-of-the-art theatre. This gives everyone who becomes a cherished part of The Joan an experience to remember forever.

 

Access Ensemble builds the classes around the participants. For anyone who signs up, no matter what their ability, we tailor each session around them. We’ve had lots of students of all ages with a hearing loss and have created a perfect space in which to make new friends, build confidence and have some fun.

 

Come try it out and see what The Joan is about. You’ve got nothing to lose, and the theatre to gain.

 

Marketing-Coordinator

MARKETING COORDINATOR

PENRITH PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS

FULL-TIME 12 MONTH CONTRACT (Maternity Leave Cover)

LGA Level 7

(Salary range from $57,185 plus 9.5% super and 17.5% leave loading)

Penrith Location

Here’s a great local opportunity to advance your career in arts management and marketing. Penrith Performing & Visual Arts comprises two of Western Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest.

We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic self-starter with a passion for arts marketing to join our team as our full-time Marketing Coordinator. This position underpins the day-to-day marketing activities across the visual and performing arts in an organisation with exciting growth potential at the heart of the burgeoning Western Sydney region.

The Marketing Coordinator will work across a range of activities including publicity, promotion, distribution, communication, social media, content development, advertising, design, writing, editing, website updates, customer relationship management, general administration, database management and reporting.

If you love the arts and thrive on a fast-paced and dynamic work program then this is the job for you. You will need top-notch organisational skills, a solid grounding in marketing principles and the ability to work across multiple campaigns with competing deadlines whilst maintaining a good sense of humour and a commitment to creativity.

Download the Position Description here

Closing Tuesday 18 April (midnight)

HOW TO APPLY

Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: dave.garner@penrith.city

If you have questions about the role please contact Krissie Scudds, Marketing Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts: krissie.scudds@penrith.city

TIPS FOR APPLYING

Please always be sure to follow our Tips for Applying as you work through your application.

February 23, 2017

An Apology from Us

Categories: General, News, Press

Dear Joan patrons

Those of you who attended Go Your Own Way will know that we experienced an air conditioning failure on the evening of 20 January.

First of all, let me apologise for any inconvenience experienced on the night with uncomfortable temperatures and slippery floors.

But you may be wondering what happened? I can assure you this was not a cost saving measure – but a sudden and unexpected system fault.

As you may know, our venue’s air-conditioning system is managed and controlled by Penrith City Council, and at present Council is upgrading and replacing the system right across the building. This includes a whole heap of complicated engineering details that I won’t even pretend to understand.

On the 20th something went wrong – but the system indicators did not register the fault – indicating all systems were working normally. Since then we have been working closely with Council to identify the cause of the failure and on communications protocols to ensure it does not happen again.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty, we are grateful to have you as part of The Joan’s community.

Yours sincerely

Hania Radvan
CEO, PP&VA

provides a focal point for performing arts activity in the Western Sydney Region