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That’s arts and entertainment: New CEO for CSO

New CEO for CSO

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Board of Directors has appointed Rachel Thomas (pictured) as Chief Executive Officer of the CSO.

CSO Chair Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston said Ms Thomas was selected after an extensive recruitment process.

“She has had a long career with the orchestra and has demonstrated strength and capacity in leadership roles,” he said.

Ms Thomas has worked with the orchestra for over a decade and was appointed as CEO on 18 May.

She said she’s “passionate about the orchestra and the unique place it has in Canberra’s heart”.

“I work with a terrific team at the CSO and more broadly in Canberra’s music community,” she said.

NPG takes out top gong

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has been named the winner of the Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards in the category of exhibition major catalogue level B.

They’ve won the prize for their publication So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.

So Fine brings together the work of 10 Australian women artists exploring Australian history from the female perspective. The book is available for purchase through the NPG.

The NPG was also highly commended at the awards for their digital 20/20 Portrait Series.

The award was presented in Alice Springs, with designer Brett Wiencke and editor Stephen Phillips in attendance.

HRAFF returns to Canberra

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) returns to Canberra this week, with five films screening at the NFSA’s Arc cinema on 23-26 May.

Opening night in Canberra is headlined by Stop the Boats, a documentary which explores the experiences of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, followed by a Q&A with director Simon Kurian and journalist Behrouz Boochani.

The program also includes: Still Recording, a documentation of the Syrian civil insurgency; Femme Shorts, highlighting a variety of femme voices and stories; The Panama Papers, about the global corruption scandal; and Giant Little Ones.

Tickets can be purchased at 2019.hraff.org.au

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