On the move: latest sector appointments

New GM for Next Wave, new AD for Yirra Yaakin, Board appointments and more.
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Next Wave has welcomed Vivian Cooper as General Manager and Frances Robinson as Lead Program Producer, with Nisha Madhan joining as Lead Creative Producer in early May.

Cooper is an arts manager from Tandanya/Adelaide, currently based in Naarm/Melbourne . She is interested in how contemporary arts practices can be a tool for learning and understanding ourselves, our communities and the wider world. She has worked across the small to medium, academic and local government sectors in various roles to drive audience engagement with contemporary art and artists’ practice. Institutions she has worked with include Tate Galleries, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, RMIT INTERSECT, the City of Melton and Signal, the City of Melbourne’s youth arts studio. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts (Flinders University) and a Master in Arts and Cultural Management (Deakin University).

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts