submitted by Gwydir Shire Council on 26.03.2011
Sandy McNaughton is one of the great Philokytherians and Philohellene's.
Her endeavours in helping refurbish and establish the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe and Roxy Museum at Bingara, in northwestern New South Wales, has been extraordinary.
The establishment of these Hellenic "sacred sites" in Bingara will have deep and long-lasting effects, not only in Australia, but throughout the Hellenic world.
You can investigate these achievements further, by following the links at the end of her Curriculum Vitae (CV), below
Lives: “Gunnee Station”
Office Address: The Roxy
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404
Telephone: (02) 67 242 066
Fax: (02) 67
Date of birth: 15/7/1967
2002 GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ARTS MANAGEMENT
University of Melbourne
1995 ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF MEDIA (CINEMA) STUDIES
Footscray City Secondary College
1984 HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School
University of Vilnius, Lithuania LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
University of Melbourne SPANISH 1
Swinburne University of Technology RUSSIAN 1
Arts Management Advisory Group ARTS LAW WEEK: MONEY AND THE ARTS
Money for the Artists and Money for the Arts
Open Channel CERTIFICATE IN SCREENWRITING: SURVIVING IN THE INDUSTRY
Held in conjunction with the Australian Writers Guild
Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne ITALIAN – ADVANCED II
University of Perugia, Italy ITALIAN – LEVEL 1- 3
MANAGER, THE ROXY
GWYDIR SHIRE COUNCIL
July 2004 - present
The Roxy is a 1936 art deco cinema complex of unique heritage value that has been restored for community use as a multipurpose performing arts venue and cinema. The role of Manager comprises the overall commercial management of The Roxy as cinema, performing arts venue, function and conference centre and café.
The Manager co-ordinates a range of volunteers, community groups and organisations to successfully manage the venue and ensure that is utilised to its maximum potential throughout the year. The Manager’s role is to ensure the self-sustainability of The Roxy through the presentation of a range of community and commercial events.
ABBOTSFORD CONVENT FOUNDATION (ACF)
Nov 2001 - May 2004
The Abbotsford Convent precinct is a unique site located on the Yarra River in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Comprising approximately six hectares of historic parkland and ten major buildings, the site will become an arts, education and cultural tourism precinct. The $12 million project will be staged over several years to create a self-sustaining community producing on-going learning, training, employment, recreation and well-being opportunities.
Role: Reporting directly to the General Manager and the Board, the Assistant Manager’s responsibilities include:
• Co-ordinate, facilitate and resource the work of the ACF to identify and develop a sustainable proposal for the future use of the site as an arts, education and cultural tourism precinct
• Provide a central point of contact for all media, prospective tenants and general public regarding activities and functions of the ACF
• Promote the profile and public image of the project by co-ordinating all major ACF meetings, workshops, forums, community consultations and site ‘open days’
• Manage an efficient and effective administrative office
• Assist ACF and sub-committees to identify funding sources from private and public sector
• Liaise with a range of external agencies including local, state and federal government departments, community groups, volunteers, prospective tenants, business proprietors, consultants and key stakeholders
• Manage administrative budget and ensure regular reporting and presentation of budget to the Board and relevant parties
MANAGER, PRODUCER, PUBLICIST
DUO SOL: SIX IN THE CITY SERIES 2003
BMW EDGE, FEDERATION SQUARE
In 2003 internationally acclaimed musicians Caroline Almonte, piano and Miki Tsunoda, violin, presented their first independent concert series in Melbourne and Sydney. The series comprised three concerts in Melbourne and three in Sydney in June, August and November.
Role: To produce the series, including sourcing and obtaining sponsorship. To promote and market the series to encourage ticket sales.
Outcomes: Successfully managed the series to ensure a profit in the first year of operation. The concerts were well attended with the final concert in the series selling out. Generated over fifteen articles in leading newspapers and eleven radio interviews. Copies of press clippings are available on request.
AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS ART FOUNDATION (ABAF) AWARDS
August 2001 and August 2002
Increasing private sector support for the arts is the Australian Business Arts Foundation’s business. It aims to bring benefits to arts organisations, business and the Australian community by encouraging business to invest strategically in partnerships with the cultural sector.
The AbaF Business Arts Partnership Awards recognise standards of excellence in strategic business arts partnerships. Performing artists 2001 Awards included Australia Ballet, Australia Chamber Orchestra, Circus Oz, Opera Australia, John Bell – Bell Shakespeare Company, Ian de Gruchy, Lindy Hume – Artistic Director. 2002 Awards included Erth, National Boys Choir, Deborah Cheetham, Slava Grigoryan, National Institute of Circus Arts and Windmill Performing Arts.
• ensure high quality programming and event delivery
• assess and provide advice on the parameters of all aspects of the event, including venue, performances, fee etc
• prepare relevant biographies and co-ordinate information for program copy in conjunction with the Communications Manager
• manage travel and accommodation arrangements for AbaF staff, ambassadors, performers, technical staff and production crew
• develop and maintain effective relationships with event staff, artists, companies, arts organisations and other relevant external agencies for the implementation of the program
• provide stage management assistance to artistic director and floor manager
• prepare final report at the conclusion of the event
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT to the Director, Dr. Ostelio Remi
ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE, VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
July 1999 – Nov 2000
Invited by the Director to travel to Lithuania to assist him in establishing a new Italian Institute of Culture (Italian Government Cultural Office) in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Collaboration with local authorities and institutes for the presentation of Italian exhibitions, music, theatre, cinema and literature including the following:
• Official opening of the Italian Institute of Culture in the presence of Vladas Adamkus, President of Lithuania
• Fratelli Allinari, a history of Italy in photographs from the Allinari Institute, Florence, Vilnius Town Hall
• Rinaldo Sandrini, conductor, Masterclass and concert in collaboration with the Vilnius Municipal Choir, Royal Philharmonic of Vilnius
• Luisa Lambri, architectural photography exhibition “Blind Room” (winner ‘Golden Lion’, Venice Biennale 1999), Contemporary Arts Centre
• Actis Dado, jazz duo, Kaunas International Jazz Festival
• Italian Design Exhibition “100 objects form the Permanent Collection of the Triennale of Milan - 1945 – 1990”, Contemporary Arts Centre
• “From Avantgarde to Myth” a retrospective of the works of Carlo Carr, Arka Gallery, Vilnius and Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas
• Riccardo Muti conducts the Orchestra of the Scala, Milan, Vilnius International Festival,
Royal Philharmonic of Vilnius
• Pier Paolo Pasolini, film retrospective as main feature of the Pavasaris International Film Festival, Vilnius
• “Eimuntus Nekroscius – Lithuanian Theatre Director” book launch and conference conducted by Valentina Valentini, Italian film and theatre critic
• “The Electronic Composition”, conference regarding Italian and Lithuanian video installation; presentation of “Zero Visibility”, Italian and Lithuanian works on video
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT to the Director, Dr. Giorgio Campanaro
ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE, MELBOURNE
Sept 1998 – July 1999
Collaboration with local authorities and institutes for the presentation of Italian exhibitions, music, seminars and literature including the following:
• Ceramics of Faenza, George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, opening event of the Melbourne International Festival 1999
• Giuseppe Terragni, Architecture, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne International Festival 1999
• Maurizio Cattelan and Monica Bonvicini, “Signs of Life” Old Telephone Exchange, Russel St Melbourne International Biennial
• “Stranger Knocking”, Italian Pavillion, Centre for Contemporary Photography
• An evening with Dacia Maraini, author, Italian Institute of Culture:
• New Italian Architecture, Span Gallery, Milan Polytechnic and RMIT
• I Fiati Italiani – Solisti Teatini (The Italian Woodwinds – Theatine Soloists), Government House and Melba Hall, Melbourne University
• Michelle Campanella, piano recital, Melba Hall, Melbourne University
• Maestro Antonio Fava, Comedia dell’Arte, Chapel off Chapel
• I Due Siano, Neapolitan theatre and song, Comdey Theatre
TINKLAI INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL , 2ND – 19TH OCTOBER 2000
Klaipeda, Ventes Ragas, Vilnius – Lithuania
May – Oct 2000
The Tinklai International Short film festival was established in 1999 when Peter Greenaway participated as the guest of honour. The festival takes place in Vilnius, Klaipeda and Ventas Ragas where the main event, an outdoor screening in the nets of an ornithological station, attended by approximately 2000 people takes place. The festival presents a panorama of short films and documentaries, focusing on contemporary films by young filmmakers from eastern and northern Europe and the Balkans.
• draft funding proposal to successfully secure festival financing from the Soros Foundation and ARS Baltica – Nordic Cultural Fund
• co-ordinate Italian film programme, including travel arrangements for guests and films
• interpret and translate at screenings in both English and Italian
• produce written copy for promotional material in English
• invite and host guest of honour, Sergio Citti, Italian director and principal collaborator of Pier Paolo Pasolini, including world premiere screening of his film “Vipera”
• organise opening night official launch including invitations, ticket sales and sponsorship, attended by 450 guests
• daily organisation of festival, attended by over 10,000 people over 17 days in 4 venues, including an outdoor screening in the nets of an ornithological station
• liaise with 40 international guests from 14 participating countries
• source sponsorship and in-kind donations from foreign companies for official launch
• prepare biographies and relevant information of Italian program for brochure copy
PROGETTO OPERA VIDEO/VIDEO TEATRO
(Multimedia festival incorporating video, theatre, music and visual arts), Narni, Italy
18th – 22nd May 1989
Personal Assistant to the Director, Mr Carlo Infante.
Responsible for interpreting and translating.
Responsible for assisting with festival set up and supervision of various exhibitions.
THE BIG SING, MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, 14TH OCTOBER, 2001
Sept – Oct 2001
The Big Sing, presented by Melbourne’s Arts Community featured over 500 singers and musicians drawn from Melbourne’s leading orchestras and choirs. The concert brought together the arts community in Melbourne to give voice to a non-shrill, non-party political appeal for change with regard to policies and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Guest speakers included Rev. Tim Costello, Julian Burnside QC, Max Gillies. Conducted by Richard Gill AM.
• liaise with Committee to establish concert concept
• produce program copy, including resourcing and collecting testimonials from numerous high profile figures
• organise press conference, including appearances by Max Gillies, Rod Quantock, Slava Grigorian, Tongan Choir
• prepare promotion and publicity, including distribution of flyers
• co-ordinate rehearsal schedule, oversee equipment and technical requirements
• prepare and distribute running sheet to performers
• supervise ticket sales
• manage guest list and distribute invitations
• assist with monitoring budget
CELEBRATION OF THE ITALIAN NATIONAL DAY, LA FESTA DELLA REPUBLICA
Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne 1st June 1997 and 30th – 31st May 1998
The Comedy Theatre 3, 6, 7 June 1998
February 1997/98 – June 1997/98
Official celebration of the anniversary of the Italian Republic, celebrating the artistic, cultural and commercial exchange between Italy and Australia, attended by 15,000 people.
• co-ordinate and facilitate participation of community groups
• produce program copy and co-ordinate printed material including brochures, posters, programs
• develop and implement artistic program
• provide administration support to the Festival Committee
• host visiting Italian delegation
• promote event through radio, print media and television, securing interviews with 3LO, 3AW, Rete Italia, SBS radio and TV
• liaise with the offices of the leaders of state and federal government
• mange guest list of officials and dignitaries
• oversee and manage technical and front of house staff
• engage contractors and technicians
• stage manage artistic component of program
• arrange venue hire including statutory permits and licences
• mange administrative budget
• source sponsorship, in-kind donations and funding strategies
• manage box office
• manage security and oversee compliance to health regulations
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