Do we need more artists on boards?

Slowly, visual arts organisations have been including practicing artists on their boards and councils. What does that look like?

Boards and governance are a bit scary and ‘other worldy’ for practicing artists, until you have served on one. While most in the sector recognise the necessity and value of diverse boards, sadly not all are successful in giving agency to diverse voices. This has been changing slowly, but it is a two-fold process.

The organisation must want to embed artists in its decision making – and commit to that through its formal terms of operation – and on the other hand, artists need to step up and play their role.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina