Alison Copley, originally from Adelaide, has spent the last 10 years working in the regional arts sector in the north of Australia. In 1990 she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Adelaide before heading north to Darwin and then on to Far North Queensland to take on the role of CEO/General Manager of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2010 to 2014.
While employed as the Venue Manager of the Darwin Entertainment Centre from 2003 to 2007 Alison studied management at a post graduate level having earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia (2007).
With a keen interest in community cultural development Alison took up the position of Indigenous Arts Marketing Officer at Top End Arts Marketing in Darwin, supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations across the whole Top End, promoting the arts locally, nationally and internationally and fostering best-practice arts marketing and audience development skills to diverse regionally based members. In this role she was the Event Producer of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2009 – 2010 and was involved with the development of numerous Indigenous community cultural festivals in the remote areas of the Top End of the NT.
In 2009 Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to “To investigate capacity building in Indigenous community cultural festivals in Canada, New Zealand and the Northern Territory”.
Alison is CEO of Tasmanian Regional Arts.