Red Hot Arts is pleased to announce that Penelope McDonald, has stepped into the position of Chair following the recent resignation of Jonny Rowden, who has left to focus on his creative artistic practice.

Penelope brings the experience of a long career in the creative industries to the position, as well as in depth knowledge of the region and the Northern Territory more generally. She currently runs a film production company, Chili Films, based in Alice Springs.

The other continuing Board members are Barbara Clifford as Secretary, Jeanette Elliot as Treasurer and new general member Edward Gould who came onto the Board at the recent AGM joining Chips Mackinolty, Leon Tripp and Catherine Satour, providing continuity and stability in these challenging times.

Quotes from Chair, Red Hot Arts Central Australia, Penelope McDonald:

“As Chair I would like to thank Jonny Rowden, who has given above and beyond, through challenging times, as he has steered the organisation through many changes over the past 18 months. We wish him all the best with his new creative endeavours.

“The Board would like to express our appreciation to both Asta Hill who stepped down from the board earlier this year, and who provided rigorous advice supported by her strong legal background; and to retiring board member Damien Ryan whose insight from his in depth knowledge of governance and love of arts was valuable to the board. We are excited to welcome new members Edward Gould and Jeanette Elliot. Edward’s musical and education experience and Jeanette’s finance experience will add strength to Red Hot Arts’ Board of Directors.”

New Board Members

Jeanette Elliot has spent over 10 years working in finance for the not-for-profit industry in Melbourne. Jeanette has a passion working with at-risk disadvantaged young people to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect providing employment and training. It was during this time through work trips to Central Australia where Jeanette developed a love and fascination of the Northern Territory, causing her to make the move to Alice Springs. She has also been a long-term business owner and has broad experience across finance and operations.

Edward Gould is a musician, composer and educator who has made Alice Springs his home since 2014. Edward graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) where he studied as a saxophonist. Ed was an active member of the Melbourne Arts scene, presenting work at the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Numerous Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Since relocating to Alice springs, Ed has released music under his own name, co-founded Alice Sings, a local community choir which he continues to lead, and works as a music teacher in primary schools throughout the Northern Territory.

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity, fostering arts and cultural innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to develop and profile the central Australian arts sector and to contribute to the artistic, cultural, and economic development of the region. Our artistic program includes creative industries and cross sector partnership development; advocacy, sector, and industry support; marketing and audience development. We offer a range of services to the community of Central Australia, including workshop, rehearsal, meeting and studio spaces and facilities for hire at 67 Bath Street. As the unique regional arts body for Central Australia, we promote the region’s arts and cultural events across traditional, online, and digital poster platforms, activating community engagement and social well-being through the arts.

Media Contact: Jen Standish-White 0417 468 502