Incite Arts Announces Retirement of Virginia Heydon

In case you missed the live Unbroken Land film screening at Araluen last March, some very important news lies herein…It is with much respect and gratitude that as part of Incite Arts’ succession plan, we are farewelling, to retirement, our illustrious and formidable Co-Founder, Co-Creative Producer, Community Cultural Development Manager and all-round Face of Incite, Virginia Heydon.

The community of Central Australia has benefited significantly from her long-term presence, support and work with Incite Arts. Originally InCite Youth Arts, this grew into Incite Arts in 2013 after many years of wonderfully diverse community development and engagement. This included our long-term commitment to access and inclusion. Incite Arts has since carried out many successful programs and productions and is nationally recognised for our leadership in accessible arts in the NT.

With Virginia’s legacy of excellence in community arts and cultural development practice, we are well positioned to maintain our commitment to the communities of Mparntwe/Alice Springs and our region. And be assured, Virginia won’t be a stranger to Incite.

Jenine Mackay and Virginia Heydon first met in 1998 when Arts NT invited Jenine to Mparntwe/Alice Springs to give a keynote address at a Youth Arts Forum that Virginia was part of. There was an instant connection and 23 successful, harmonious and rewarding years later we are now preparing for new opportunities for Incite Arts and the community.

“When Jenine and I met in 1998, I never, in my wildest dreams, thought this is what would eventuate. When we incorporated in 2004, community arts and cultural development was little known of or understood in the Mparntwe/Alice Springs arts community…it is now! I am deeply grateful for the wonderful working partnership with Jenine. I am humbled by everyone’s generous feedback and would like to thank our current Chairperson, MJ Warfield, and the Incite Board. I’d further like to acknowledge John Cooper and Michele Castagna and many, many more who’ve helped along the way.” Virginia Heydon, Community Cultural Development Manager and Co-Creative Producer

“It has been my honour and privilege to collaborate with Virginia at Incite Arts. This partnership has been the most respectful and fulfilling one of my career. She has contributed so much to so many people’s arts experiences and lives. We are all indebted to Virginia for her continued skilful application of community engaged processes as well as her constancy, tenacity, wisdom and generosity of spirit.” Jenine Mackay, CEO and Co-Creative Producer

“On behalf of the Board of Incite Arts, we are deeply grateful for the years of dedicated work that Virginia Heydon has contributed to Incite Arts and the Alice Springs community. We wish her all the best in retirement and we look forward to a continuing relationship.” MJ Warfield, Incite Arts Chair

We will dearly miss having our eloquent dictionary and thesaurus, committed archivist, fine coffee brewer, generous and dedicated foodie, fabulous outfit layerer and artists eye in the office. However, we look forward to a bright and exciting future at Incite Arts and getting to know the many other features of Virginia.