Emily-Rose Wills, an artist and administrator, has established herself as a prominent figure in the Tasmanian arts and events industry. Currently based in the kinimathatakinta/George Town area, situated along the northern coast of lutruwita/Tasmania between the mouth of rupila mangina/Pipers River and kanamaluka/Tamar River, her journey in the arts has been marked by a constant exploration of the intersection between individual identity and geographic location.
In 2015, Emily-Rose completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. Following her degree, she relocated to Hobart, where she delved into her interdisciplinary arts practice and career. For almost eight years, Emily-Rose contributed significantly to the Southern lutruwita/Tasmanian arts scene, particularly through her roles with Mona Foma and the Music team at Mona (Museum of Old and New Art). Recently, she has returned to Northern lutruwita/Tasmania, bringing her experience and artistic insight back to the region.
Her current role is with the George Town Council. After a short stint as an Executive Assistant, she now holds the position of Arts and Culture Officer. In this capacity, Emily-Rose brings passion for the arts to her hometown municipality, overseeing and fostering creative initiatives within the community.
Throughout her career, Emily-Rose has been deeply committed to the Tasmanian arts and events community. Her diverse roles include working with prominent institutions and organizations such as Mona Foma, Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), Derwent Valley Arts, Constance ARI, Music Tasmania, Junction Arts Festival, Stompin Youth, Party in the Paddock, Falls Festival, Sawtooth ARI, The Village, and more.
Emily-Rose's return to the North marks a homecoming of sorts, reconnecting her with the landscapes and communities that have long been integral to her artistic practice.
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