Caroline Downer lives in Armidale with her family and is currently the Executive Director of the Regional Arts Development Organisation, Arts North West.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Music and a MA (Museum Studies) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Developing Program. Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in the gallery sector, in public programs, and on curatorial projects and as the previous Director of the New England Regional Art Museum.
She is committed to regional community arts organisations and serves on the committees of the Armidale International Film Festival, the Armidale Youth Orchestra, the University of New England Arts Advisory Panel, the Public Art Advisory Committee of the Armidale Dumaresq Council and is on the Board of the New England Conservatorium of Music.
She participates in a broad range of the arts from visual arts and film to music, and plays the viola da gamba in her spare time.