Arts Narrogin takes home Presenter of the Year at WA performing arts awards

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CircuitWest executive director Sam Lynch, Arts Narrogin communications manager Casey Thornton, events manager Brad Flett, chair Barbara Fletcher and secretary Libby Heffernan.
Camera IconCircuitWest executive director Sam Lynch, Arts Narrogin communications manager Casey Thornton, events manager Brad Flett, chair Barbara Fletcher and secretary Libby Heffernan. Credit: Circuitwest

Narrogin’s peak arts organisation has been named WA Presenter of the Year for delivering high quality performances and maintaining community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arts Narrogin received the prestigious award at the CircuitWest Pinnacle Performing Arts Awards ceremony hosted at the Subiaco Arts Centre on July 25.

“It was awarded for amazing efforts to maintain a high level of community engagement and the delivery of quality performances during a challenging COVID period,” a CircuitWest spokeswomen said.

“Arts Narrogin continued to present a genuinely eclectic mix of popular, challenging and inspirational productions.”

The arts organisation’s Take Your Seats program, which encourages residents from retirement villages and aged care facilities to watch and engage with the live performances, was highlighted for its success.

Arts Narrogin events manager Brad Flett said the team was honoured to receive the award.

“The award is definitely for the past 12 months of work but it’s also for all the people who have been involved in Arts Narrogin in the past,” he said.

“It’s always a team effort, there’s no individual award, and everyone has put a lot of hard work and effort into making Arts Narrogin what it is today.

“It’s also really special that our peers have nominated and voted for us, that really means a lot.”

The WA Producer of the Year award went to theatre company Whiskey and Boots and the winner of the People’s Pinnacle award went to Ainsley Foulds from Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Centre, also known as Rave About Arts.

CircuitWest executive director Sam Lynch said each of the award winners demonstrated excellence in their field.

“Western Australia clearly has made the selection harder with so many fine performing arts people, organisations and and places,” they said.

“The award is about excellence in all its forms, and this year we have really seen the diversity in what excellence looks like.”

Arts Narrogin’s next showcase is an exhibition of acrylic and water coloured paintings by Helen Gordon, followed by the production Mama Stitch, a storytelling experience celebrating the challenges and rewards of being a mum.

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