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Tura New Music is delighted to announce the appointment of acclaimed artist and community leader Tara Gower to the new role of Kimberley-based Regional Producer. A Yawuru woman from Broome, Tara has had a long, rich and varied career in the cultural sector nationally and internationally.
Moving back to Broome after 15 years as a professional dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Tara has worked as a Community Liaison officer in Broome, developing youth wellness programs incorporating culture, dance and music. In 2021 she initiated a community-based dance program through the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service and Goolarri Media Enterprises.
Tura Artistic Director Tos Mahoney said Tara joins the Tura team at an exciting time for the organisation.
“As we look to strengthen our intercultural programs across the Kimberley and beyond, Tara brings a wealth of local, cultural knowledge and connections, he said.
This will undoubtedly bring both sustainability to the current programs and new possibilities for future programs.”
Tara is already working on Tura’s next Kimberley project which starts in August—the Sound FX program in the Fitzroy Valley.
Tara is an award-winning artist and arts worker, and last year was recognised as a leader in the growth of creative industries by her community during NAIDOC week. She credits growing up on Yawuru country with her Elders for the strength to follow her passion for the arts.
Passionate about passing her skills onto the next generation and bringing creative pathways and experiences to remote areas of Australia, Tara is committed to creating new links between Tura and the unique cultures of the Kimberley.
“I am incredibly excited about this new role with Tura. Their work across the Kimberley over the past 20 years has created so many opportunities for Aboriginal artists as well as making a positive contribution to community well-being. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring my artistic and cultural knowledge to deepen Tura’s programs as well as broaden my skills as a producer and arts worker.” Tara says.
Welcome to the team Tara.