To celebrate Arts Victoria's 40th anniversary we've hit the archives
and uncovered some choice moments in the development of
Victoria's arts sector.
Click on the images below to view the stories and photo galleries, share them with others, and find out how Victoria grew to be the arts and cultural powerhouse it is today.
Arts Victoria's longest serving staff member (and former child star), the incomparable Michael Nation was appointed in 1977 as a Research Officer.
Michael's many roles at Arts Victoria have included Drama Adviser, Regional Arts Executive, Assistant Director Programs, Assistant Director Policy and Planning, and - from 2000 until 2013 - Manager of the Executive Office and Government Relations.
Michael has worked with fifteen Victorian Arts Ministers and all five Arts Victoria directors, and is a font of knowledge on the arts in Victoria and the history of the Ministry. He is known for his warmth, quick wit, passion for the sector and dashing style.
Prior to joining the Ministry for the Arts, Michael worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. And some time prior to that, he was a child star, playing a lead role in the 1962 Australian film They Found a Cave. Michael retired from Arts Victoria in February 2013 after more than 35 years of service.