Robyn Archer to head coast culture charge

Article image - Robyn Archer to head coast culture charge Robyn Archer AO Credit: Heide Smith 
Internationally acclaimed artist Robyn Archer AO will lead the Gold Coast’s arts and cultural development ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games after being appointed City of Gold Coast’s Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said that there would be few more qualified for the role than Ms Archer.

“Robyn Archer is one of Australia’s most respected leaders in arts and culture and her appointment speaks volumes about our commitment to advancing cultural development on the Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast will benefit greatly from Ms Archer’s international networks and strong track record of advancing cultural programs with other government agencies.”

Mayor Tate also said arts and cultural development would further support the delivery of a new city-shaping cultural precinct for the Gold Coast.

Ms Archer said hosting the Commonwealth Games presented a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase the host city’s culture on the world stage.

“The Commonwealth Games provides the perfect opportunity to share this city’s unique personality with the rest of the world, and to leverage a long-term cultural legacy for the Gold Coast, it is heartening to witness the city’s belief in arts and culture as the way forward.”

Ms Archer recently completed her five-year role as Creative Director for the Centenary of Canberra and was formerly Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre, the Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island (which she created for Tasmania).

She continues to direct The Light in Winter which she created for Federation Square, and last year won the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.

“I’ve begun the process of learning more about this place and its people – that’s the first step in such roles,” said Ms Archer

It’s already clear to me that the Gold Coast has an energy and contemporary creativity which, newly profiled, will provide an invaluable addition to the historic image and reputation of sun and surf.

“I welcome this opportunity to work with that energy – nurturing, expanding and deepening what is already a rich and diverse culture.”