Scott tells us why he loves being a member and the current Vice President of Arts Rutherglen and what he’s looking forward to in 2021 and beyond.
I’ve lived around the Rutherglen area for over a decade and in town since 2014. I have been an admirer of Arts Rutherglen for a while, and a member since 2019. There have been many Arts Rutherglen highlights, including in 2010 when Australian author Shane Maloney came to town (his books Stiff and The Brush Off were made into Tele-movies starring David Wenham). Other highlights include several Comedy Festival Roadshows, the ever expanding Sculpture Trail, and the Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize each year .
When the call went out in April this year seeking new committee members I jumped at the opportunity to contribute. A bit of a personal motivation was a desire to channel the spirit of a friend. In late 2019 a former high school colleague and champion of the arts, Colin Simpson died suddenly. For 14 years Colin was principal of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and I’m inspired by Colin’s legacy and unwavering love of all things creative.
In my spare time I am involved in Community Radio. I’ve had the opportunity to lead Indigo FM since 2014. It’s always challenging for a 100% volunteer run organisation to run a few radio stations, as well as various online streams and social platforms but, importantly… it’s fun!
I’m aiming to bring some of the knowledge and contacts I have around live music events and performers to Arts Rutherglen and see if we can add more live music events to an already impressive creative calendar.