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by Tony Roma
posted 19/07/2021

Considering the Arts – Deborah Ely, CEO of Bundanon

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On 13 May Maisy Stapleton spoke to Deborah Ely AM about her role at Bundanon.

Bundanon on the Sholhaven River near Nowra was given to the nation by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd in 1993 as a remarkable cultural and environmental asset.

For the last 15 years, CEO Deborah Ely has nurtured, developed and transformed its programs, landscapes and resources and opened up Bundanon to its community, to artists of all genres and to the nation. Bundanon has gained an international reputation, as well as becoming a much-loved local destination.

In the next few months, Deb will be leaving Bundanon with a remarkable legacy; including its enhanced role as a highly respected and loved cultural resource and with a unique infrastructure project – a gallery and collections store and visitors’ facilities, that will fulfill the needs of Bundanon and its communities for many years to come and provide an architectural attraction in its own right.

Deborah speaks to Maisy Stapleton about her time at Bundanon; the inspiration of the Boyds, the programs she has fostered and the incredible project she is delivering after many years of planning. She also describes the culmination of this project and its design by architect Kerstin Thompson.

YOU MAY WISH TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE PROGRAM by going to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and clicking on the date 13 May 2021.

Tune into Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton and Paula Towers every fortnight from 10:30 to noon.