The Australia Council for the Arts and the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) project director Sophie Travers has returned from her base in Brussels to continue her role in Melbourne.
Australia Council Director Market Development Collette Brennan said Ms Travers had relocated to Melbourne to work closely with Australian artists and link them to the IETM network.
Sophie is an experienced arts producer with an extensive knowledge of the Australian and European performing arts sectors, Ms Brennan said.
She has been based in IETM’s Brussels office since January 2012 as part of a joint initiative between the Australia Council and IETM.
The partnership began in 2009 to support Australian artists, companies and producers to develop collaborative projects in Europe to build their artistic practice, skills and capacity to work internationally and access new audiences and markets for their work.
During her time in Brussels, Sophie developed a curated program of activities to increase engagement between Europe and Australia and supported the Australian performing arts sector to develop its networks, contacts and partnerships within the European Union.
Ms Brennan said Ms Travers would continue to support the Australian delegation, attending the IETM’s twice-yearly plenary meetings and provide information and advice to artists, arts organisations and IETM members.
She would also develop strategic partnerships to encourage artistic collaboration and exchange between Australia and Europe.
We’re delighted to have Sophie continue as part of the Market Development team at the Australia Council, Ms Brennan said. The knowledge and networks Sophie has developed in the role will continue to grow and benefit a vast array of Australian artists and arts organisations and European partners.
IETM Secretary General Nan van Houte said she was delighted Ms Travers could stay in the position she had fulfilled so successfully for the past one-and-a-half years.
Sophie’s knowledge of both the European and Australian art scenes and her skills as a networker, broker and communicator are highly respected, Ms van Houte said.
She has proved, and will keep on showing us, that the reciprocal exchange of inspiration and creativity isn’t limited to neighbouring territories, nor does it have to stop when economies are in downfall.
To find out more about the IETM-Australia Council Collaboration Project, contact Sophie Travers.