PORTLAND resident Lesley Jackson has been honoured with a Regional Arts Australia (RAA) Award.
Ms Jackson was the Victorian recipient of the award, and one of seven nationally to be recognised for the invaluable contribution volunteer leaders make to the cultural life of their local communities.
The awards acknowledge outstanding contributions from a rural or regional arts based volunteer who has been involved in an arts project, event organisation or community in regional Australia.
Ms Jackson said she was honoured and humbled to receive the award for Victoria. She was nominated by the Portland Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) and Julia St Creative Space (formerly The Arts Company).
She has been involved in the arts in Portland for about 30 years and her achievements include playing a significant role in the creation of Julia St Creative Space and the June Hedditch Studios, which allow artists in residence to stay in Portland, along with being chairperson for both organisations at various times; continual work with CEMA; work with the arts side of the Upwelling Festival; being project coordinator for the Vida Goldstein seat in the Memorial Triangle; involvement with the Historic Buildings and Restoration Committee; previous member of the Victorian Arts Councils; and a member of the Portland Emerging Artists Residency (PEAR) program.
“The establishment of the Julia St Creative Space and the June Hedditch Studios are definite highlights along with the PEAR program,” Ms Jackson said.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.