Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Ros Abercrombie

Ros Abercrombie

Regional Arts Australia

Ros Abercrombie is the Executive Director (CEO) at Regional Arts Australia, facilitating cross-sector, multi arts and intergenerational connections across the arts and creative industries in rural, regional and remote Australia. Ros has over 20 years’ experience in the creative industries working as a CEO, creative consultant, and festival director.
Ros was Program Director of Moomba Festival, for eight years, the Creative Director of the City of Melbourne NYE, CEO Shepparton Arts Festival, Visual Arts Director Midsumma Festival, as well as strategic events consulting with many local councils and independent organsations. Ros is a board director at Abbotsford Convent and has held previous board positions with Shepparton Arts Festival Inc and Midsumma Festival.
Ros’s qualifications include, Executive Education Yale School of Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, BA Hons Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London and is a graduate of AICD.

All Sessions by Ros Abercrombie

Day 2
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Keynote Session Three

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Regional Arts Australia -The Next 80 Years – A Strategic Update from RAA
Executive Director Ros Abercrombie will present a strategic overview for Regional Arts Australia.

Keynote Panel - Tarnanthi: The Role of Galleries in Developing Festivals
Presenters: Nici Cumpston OAM, Marika Davies and Samantha Yates
Galleries achieve so much beyond their own four walls and festivals are a great way to create multi-faceted impact – for artists, for the gallery, for the community and for local business. Join Barkandji artist and Tarnanthi Artistic Director Nici Cumpston OAM, Wangkangurru artist and Tarnanthi Regional Curator Marika Davies, and Tarnanthi Producer of Taungurung heritage Samantha Yates, to talk about Tarnanthi, one of Australia’s leading First Nations Arts Festivals – presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia. They will discuss the festival’s success and challenges and the role of galleries in developing and nurturing events that benefit both artists culturally and economically.