Artform Advisory Boards

Create NSW Artform Advisory Boards members are leading arts and cultural practitioners including professional artists, producers, business managers and independent company leaders selected by Expression of Interest held annually. Chairs and representatives of the cultural institutions, government and major arts organisations may be appointed directly by the Minister.

The purpose of the Artform Advisory Boards is to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program, to provide recommendations and advise the Minister on strategic directions for the sector.

The Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has selected the following Chairs who will lead a cross-sector of arts and cultural leaders in their respective artforms:


Find out more about each Board:


Aboriginal Arts & Culture Board

Chair: Wesley Enoch AM – Artistic Director Sydney Festival. Playwright and Director of some of Australia’s most iconic Indigenous theatre productions. Previous roles include Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, Kooemba Jdarra (Brisbane), Ilibijerri (Melbourne), Resident Director for Sydney Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir, a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House and a director of the Indigenous Section of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Back to top


  • Rhoda Roberts AO – Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House. A Bundjalung woman from northern NSW, Rhoda is a producer, actor and director who works as a consultant, speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. Founder and former Artistic Director of the Festival of Dreaming.
  • Alison Murphy-Oates – Managing Director, Moogahlin Performing Arts since 2014. Worked in Strategy and Policy for Arts NSW with over ten years’ experience in arts administration and producing in the independent small-to-medium theatre sector.
  • Jamie-Lea Trindall – Executive Director at Outback Arts in Regional NSW as an arts and cultural leader. Has worked in remote communities for the past ten years with previous experience in fine arts.
  • Alison Williams – Creative Director, Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Recognised as one of the leading contemporary Indigenous artists on the North Coast of NSW and has provided leadership as a spokesperson for the cultural heritage of Australian Indigenous persons.
  • David Leha – Musician and singer, known professionally as Radical Son and respected community leader and music facilitator.
  • Nathan Sentance – Digital Program Manager at the Australian Museum. Nathan works to ensure that First Nations stories being told at cultural and memory institutions are being told and controlled by First Nations people.


Classical Music, Opera and Choral Board

Chair: Naseema Sparks AM – Chair and Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (Sydney Living Museums) as well as SLM Foundation Director. Former Managing Director of global advertising company M&C Saatchi with a wealth of philanthropic expertise. Serves on a number of boards including ASX-listed, private equity companies, education and arts Boards, including Biennale of Sydney. Back to top


  • Caroline Downer OAM – Executive Director at Arts North West Regional Arts Board. Arts and Cultural leader, Gallery Director and previous Manager Orpheus Music and classical music festivals.
  • Ryley Gillen – Manager, Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Illawarra On Pointe Productions. Strong classical music experience with Ensembles and Chamber Music and was Principal Trumpet, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra and NSW Corrective Services Band.
  • Casey Green – Classical Music Producer at the Sydney Opera House. Board member for Ensemble Apex and formerly Orchestra and Operations Manager, Sydney Youth Orchestras.
  • Professor Matthew Hindson AM– Australia Council for the Arts Board Member, with previous Music Board experience. Deputy Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Composer of 30 years.
  • Hannah Mason – Independent artist/singer and currently General Manager of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Prior roles include General Manager with the Artist and Entertainment Group.
  • Jack Symonds – Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Opera and established composer, conductor and accompanist. Continues to premier new works, frequently conducting his own and others’ music.
  • Jan Bowen AM – Current board member of the Australian Haydn Ensemble. Until last year, Jan was the Chair of Sydney Youth Orchestras for 14 years. In her professional career she is the Principal of Plain English Communications and in a previous role managed the grants program of the Law Foundation of NSW.
  • Rosemary Curtin – Tutti viola at Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rosemary has played with many Australian and international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Australian World Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Current President of the Sydney Symphony Musicians Association.
  • Simon Moore OAM – Presenter and producer at Fine Music Sydney. Formerly Director and Chair, Music Broadcasting Society of NSW.


Contemporary Music Board

Chair: Ben Marshall – Head of Contemporary Music at the Sydney Opera House and has curated Vivid LIVE since 2014. Producer, promoter and radio presenter with more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian music scene. Back to top


  • John Oddy – Legal Counsel at Australian Recording Industry Association, ARIA. Experience in Dispute Resolution and Litigation with Marque Lawyers and as a volunteer at Arts Law Centre, Australia and Redfern Legal Centre.
  • Nikki Brogan – Managing Director at FBi Radio, with prior roles as Copyrighter, Content and Production Manager at the station. Previous experience as Freelance Writer and Native Editor at Pedestrian Television.
  • Emily Collins – Managing Director of MusicNSW. Contemporary music advocate and Chair of the Australian Music Industry Network and panellist on the City of Sydney’s Night Life and Creative Sector advisory panel.
  • Maria Mitar – Performance Curator at Blacktown Arts; Independent singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Cultural Arts collective, working across contemporary and cultural music practices in Western Sydney. Works in sector development, including with local and State Government, Music NSW, Live Music Office, regional arts organisations and FBi Radio.
  • Philip Mortlock – Long-time Creative Director at ORiGiN Music with a wealth of experience in the contemporary music arena. Previous industry involvement includes Head of Repertoire, Albert Music and Managing Director Warner Music Australia.
  • Liz Martin – Arts Development & Training Manager at Accessible Arts. Liz is an independent Sydney musician and advocate with over 20 years’ experience working within the arts and disability sector, including facilitation of inclusive music making spaces as Associate Producer of Hack Sounds, and Lead Producer of SNDCLSH. Liz is also Deputy Chair of Arts Access Australia.
  • Jane Slingo – Director of Electronic Music Conference and Artist Manager at Young Strangers, previously Label Manager, Middle Name Records and Board Member of MusicNSW and the Association of Artist Managers.
  • John Wardle – Live Music Consultant at APRA AMCOS and former Director of the Live Music Office with experience in the review the impact of policy frameworks on the Australian live music sector and strategic sector development.


Dance & Physical Theatre Board

Chair: Karen Moses FAICD – Former Chair of Sydney Dance Company with directorships of Charter Hall, Orica, Boral and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Over ten years’ experience as a listed Company Director, over 20 years’ as a Company Director and over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry spanning oil, gas, electricity and coal commodities and upstream production, supply and retail. Back to top


  • Olivia Ansell – Head of Contemporary Performance at the Sydney Opera House, with previous roles as co-executive producer of immersive experience Hidden Sydney and Executive Producer of Shaun Parker & Company, which toured to Sadler’s Wells in the UK and to Europe.
  • Colm O’Callaghan – Executive Producer, Force Majeure for over five years with experience as Company Manager & Rough Drafts Producer, Sydney Theatre Company. Sits on the board of Ausdance National and has a wealth of experience working with culturally diverse communities.
  • Lee Pemberton – Influential dance artist and choreographer with a career in regional arts leadership spanning over 35 years, working with youth at risk and as founding Director of fLiNG Physical Theatre for fifteen years. Mentor to emerging choreographers and in 2016 was a Create NSW Regional Arts Fellow.
  • Kim Walker – Chief Executive Officer of NAISDA Dance College, with two years’ experience on the board of Ausdance NSW. Freelance director and choreographer, with previous roles as principal dancer, Sydney Dance Company and choreographer for the MPACs and long-term Artistic Director, Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
  • Alice Cadwell – General Manager/ Creative Producer Spaghetti Circus and The National Mullumbimby Circus Festival. Over 20 years’ experience as a Production/Stage Manager and Creative Producer for circus arts companies including: Circus Oz 12 years’ experience, Circus Monoxide and international festivals.
  • Bethwyn Serow – Executive Director of Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG.). Prior to this she was Production Executive and Senior Policy Manager for the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA).
  • Jasmin Sheppard – Teacher at NAISDA, previously Indigenous contemporary dance choreographer at Bangarra Dance Theatre and Artist in Residence at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
  • Caroline Spence – Chief Commercial Officer and former Director Education and Outreach at Sydney Dance Company. Caroline has experience in contributing to the growth and financial sustainability of not-for profit performing arts organisations including management roles at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney Opera House, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).


Festivals Board

Chair: Noel Staunton – NIDA Chairman and Executive Producer at the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, with experience as a freelance creative director and producer specialising in large-scale productions and special events. Prior roles include Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, Opera Technical Director at English National Opera and Technical Director at Opera Australia. He has toured productions extensively throughout Europe and the United States, produced the first Australian Ring Cycle in Adelaide and was previously the CEO of Sydney Dance Company. Back to top


  • Mary Jo Capps AM – Recent long-term CEO, Musica Viva Australia. Non-Executive Director Australian Festival of Chamber Music with experience in other executive roles including Deputy Chair AMPAG and Chair of Board of Directors Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House.
  • Adam Deusien – Artistic Director at Lingua Franca, Bathurst, with interdisciplinary physical theatre experience of more than 12 years. Former Artistic Associate with Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and 2016 recipient of a Create NSW Regional Arts Fellowship.
  • David Francis – Executive Director, Four Winds, delivering the Easter Festival. Managerial and directorial experience with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Arts Council England.
  • Kerri Glasscock – Director and CEO, Sydney Fringe Festival and co-chair City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel. Previously founder and Director of the Old 505 Theatre in Surry Hills and curator for the small to medium independent theatres and live music venues.
  • Edwina Johnson – Director of Byron Writers Festival with experience across writers’ festivals in Sydney and Paris. Prior experiences includes work for publishing companies, Allen & Unwin, Hachette and HarperCollins.
  • Chris Tooher – Long-term Executive Director of Sydney Festival and former General Manager, Bell Shakespeare Company. Previous roles include production and programming at Sydney Opera House and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.
  • Nicholas Pickard – Executive Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Events for APRA AMCOS, Chair of the Australian Society of Authors and board member of Regional Arts NSW and Music Australia. A former arts journalist, theatre critic and cultural policy adviser, Nicholas has fifteen years’ experience working across the arts and culture sector.
  • Julie Turpie – Acting General Manager, Event Development at Destination NSW. Julie has a strong background in events and festivals including Rugby World Cup, Australian Fashion Week, World Theatre Festival and exhibitions at Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA. Previous roles include Director Commercial and Marketing Services at Sydney Living Museums and Director Major Events & City Marketing at Brisbane Marketing.
  • Lissa Twomey – Executive Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre. Previously, Executive Director, Major Performing Arts and National Engagement for the Australia Council for the Arts, Artistic Director of New Zealand International Arts Festival (NZIAF) and former Artistic Director of the inaugural Wellington Jazz Festival, Associate Director Head of Programming at Sydney Festival.


Literature Board

Chair: Jennifer Byrne – Acclaimed journalist, television presenter and former book publisher. Former host of the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s (ABC) long running program First Tuesday Book Club. National Arts School Board Member and long-time ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Program. Back to top


  • Felicity Castagna – Holds multiple positions as both a writer, community arts worker and academic, with published works produced for ABC Radio National and ABC television and her work and winner of the Prime Minister’s Literature Award (YA) in 2013 for The Incredible Here and Now.
  • Johanna Featherstone – Poet and Red Room Poetry founder, recent/former research associate with The University of Western Sydney and an honorary associate of The University of Sydney’s School of Letters Arts and Media. A founding writer of the Chaser newspaper and is a poetry writing teacher in schools and correctional centres. Chair of Oranges & Sardines Foundation and board director with Belvoir Theatre and the Biennale of Sydney.
  • Samantha Hagan – Manager of Literary Awards and Public Programming at the State Library of NSW and Member of the inaugural Stella Award Board.
  • Ian David – Freelance screenwriter for Film Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Southern Star Group, HBO, Nine Network, Kennedy-Miller, TaylorMedia, Essential Viewing, Fremantle Media, TV1, PlayMaker and Cordell Jigsaw Productions. Previously President of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
  • Tanya Denning-Orman – A proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Central and North Queensland, has led NITV since it joined SBS in 2012, and more recently became SBS’s first Director of Indigenous Content.
  • Peter Polites – Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. Peter writes and performs at a number of events, including Urban Theatre Projects. His first novel Down the Hume was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2017. His second novel is The Pillars.
  • Richard Walsh – He has written for both television and the stage and he is the author of nine books. He has been managing director of Angus & Robertson Publishers, chief executive of Australian Consolidated Press and is currently a commissioning publisher at Allen & Unwin. Richard was co-editor of OZ magazine in the 1960s and editor of Nation Review in the 1970s.
  • Michael Williams – Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. A writer, editor and broadcaster, he was co-founder and Director of Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. He is host of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club.


Multi-arts Board

Chair: Ross Harley – Emeritus Professor and former Dean of UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Professor Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Biennale of Sydney, and at the Sydney Opera House. Back to top


  • Jeff Khan – Artistic Director and CEO, Performance Space, with previous experience as the Artistic Director for Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival. Former curator in contemporary dance, experimental theatre and music, visual arts and sound.
  • Mouna Zaylah – Business Coordinator at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Previously Artistic and Cultural Programs Manager at Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.), Parramatta. Additionally, held administration roles at Casula Powerhouse and co-directed the nationally recognised Arab Film Festival.
  • Peter Wood – Executive Director, Arts Northern Rivers. Has previously held senior roles at Sydney Opera House, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare and Historic Houses Trust NSW. Additional experience as Marketing and Sponsorship Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
  • Kylie Boltin – Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries at SBS Australia where she commissions interactive documentaries for SBS OnDemand and is part of the NITV commissioning team. Dr Boltin is a Walkley award winning journalist/producer and recipient of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary award for screenwriting. Her projects have exhibited widely, including SXSW, Idfa DocLab, Sheffield DocFest and Future of Storytelling (NYC).
  • Rebecca Bushby – Acting Director, Strategy & Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. She has previously worked in leadership roles responsible for exhibitions, production, collection management and content creation at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Australian War Memorial.
  • Blair French – Dr Blair French is CEO, Carriageworks. He has previously held leadership roles at a range of key NSW organisations: Australian Centre for Photography, Performance Space, Artspace and most recently MCA Australia. He was also President of Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia from 2006 until 2009.
  • John Waight – Artists in the Black Coordinator at Arts Law Centre of Australia. A curator and conservator he has previously curated the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
  • Alex Wisser – Contemporary artist and creative producer. Co-founder of Cementa Contemporary Art Festival in Kandos.


Museums & History Board

Chair: Kim McKay AO – Director and CEO of the Australian Museum. Kim is the co-founder of Clean Up Australia and the Clean Up The World campaign. She co-created The Genographic Project for National Geographic which traces humankind’s genetic history and is the co-author of five books. Back to top


  • Julie Baird – Director, Newcastle Museum, with recent roles as Deputy Director, Newcastle Museum, Curator at the National Motor Museum and Senior Curator, History Trust of South Australia.
  • Clothilde Bullen – Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections. Previously, Curator of Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia and an Alumni member, British Council Accelerate Scholarship for Indigenous Leadership in the Arts.
  • Dr Brian Lindsay – Chair of the Board of the NSW State Archives and Records Authority (SARA). He is a professional researcher and author.
  • Michael Rolfe – CEO of Museums and Galleries of NSW. Previous roles as inaugural Director, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Director, Mosman Art Gallery and Director of Tamworth City Gallery.
  • Madeleine Scully – Community Services Manager, Wagga Wagga City Council, with previous roles as Regional Museum Officer and Museum Manager at the Museums of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga.
  • Peter Watts AM – Former Museum Director at Historic Houses Trust of NSW (now Sydney Living Museums) with participation in the Steering Committee for the redevelopment of Walsh Bay and the redevelopment of HMAS Platypus for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Additionally, Chair of Trustees, Museum in Victoria.
  • Christine Yeats – President at the Royal Australian Historical Society and former Treasurer, Australian Society of Archivists. Held roles as NSW State Liaison Officer and Chair of the Assessment Sub-committee UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee and has expertise in archival research, archives management, record management and historical research.
  • Martyn Killion – Director Collections Access & Engagement, NSW State Archives and Records Authority (SARA). Vice-Patron and former President of the Society of Australian Genealogists and Patron of the Richmond-Tweed Family History Society. NSW State Archives representative on the History Council of NSW.


Theatre and Musical Theatre Board

Chair: Jono Perry – Director of Technical, Production and Wharf Renewal at Sydney Theatre Company (STC). Over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit arts sector with STC, Opera Australia and Brisbane Festival as well as Creative Director for the G20 Cultural Celebrations in Brisbane 2014. A member of the LPA Helpmann Awards Industry Panel. Back to top


  • Nick Atkins – Director of New Work (Q Theatre in Penrith) and Chair of Theatre Network NSW, with five years’ experience as a Producer & Director of New Work: Q Theatre at The Joan in Penrith and three years’ experience as an Associate Producer & Co-Artistic Director at Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle.
  • Sarah Gilchrist – Head of Development at Belvoir with over ten years’ experience in Arts Management. Former CEO of Pinchgut Opera with senior roles held at the National Young Writers Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
  • Joanne Kee – Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, with expertise in creating, commissioning, presenting and touring professional work from Western Sydney.
  • Chris Puplick AM – Interim Chair at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), who has been a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, a member of the Board of NIDA, and has been the Chair of the Griffin Theatre Company and inaugural Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive.
  • Kylie Shead – Creative Producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, with a background in Technical Production at NIDA.
  • David Berthold – Director, Centre for Creative Practices at NIDA. He has over twenty year experience as an Artistic Director or Brisbane Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, World Interplay Festival, Griffin Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People.
  • Larry Galbraith – City of Sydney Council where his work relates to the arts, culture, creative Sydney and the night-time economy. He has a long-term involvement in community theatre and arts journalism.
  • Sarah Parsons – Creative Producer/CEO Outback Theatre for Young People, Previous positions include Workshop Manager at Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Educational Facilitator at Jigsaw Theatre Company, Lecturer and Tutor at Charles Sturt University.


Visual Arts Board

Chair: Simon Mordant AM – Director of MOMA PS1 in New York, a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a member of the International Council of the MOMA, the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, the Wharton Executive Board for Asia and Enterprise Professor, Centre of Visual Art, University of Melbourne and Inaugural International Ambassador for Gallerie dell’Accademia Museum in Venice. Executive Co-Chairman at Luminis Partners with experience as a director of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel 2000-2010. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Back to top


  • Steven Alderton – Director and CEO at National Art School. Accomplished and entrepreneurial Senior Executive with 25 years’ experience in visual arts and education.
  • Michael Dagostino – Director at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Board Member at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Accessible Arts, FBi Radio. Member of Sydney Culture Network and NSW State Government Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee with over 21 years’ experience in the contemporary arts sector.
  • Lauretta Morton – Director of Newcastle Art Gallery with over 35 years’ experience in the visual arts and creative industries sectors in both private and government organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom.
  • Susi Muddiman OAM – Gallery Director, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Board Member ant Museums & Galleries of NSW. Highly regarded leader of the gallery and museum sector in Australia, with a strong interest in and commitment to enhancing gallery performance and presenting.
  • Maud Page – Deputy Director and Director of Collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales with a career spanning two decades including roles as Deputy Director at Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and Senior Curator of Pacific Art.
  • Richard Perram OAM – Served as Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) for 14 years. During this time he developed BRAG into one of the leading regional contemporary art museums in NSW.
  • Brigette Uren – Program Director at Arts in Health Infrastructure with two decades experience delivering outstanding business outcomes for dynamic cultural organisations including three years as director at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
  • Danie Mellor – Danie Mellor is a contemporary artist of Ngadjon and Mamu heritage whose multidisciplinary practice explores intersections of Indigenous and Western culture and history. Mellor’s work is held in significant national collections and internationally. Board of MCA Australia. Previous positions include lecturer and senior lecturer at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, Chair, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.
  • Khaled Sabsabi – An artist whose process involves working across art mediums, geographical borders and cultures to create immersive and engaging art experiences. He has won a number fellowships and prizes, including the Blake Prize in 2011. Kahled has exhibited at a number of international Biennale and has works in private, national and international collections.

Local Government Authority Round Sub-Committee

The Local Government Authority Round Sub-Committee for Round 2, 2020-21 includes the following representatives from seven of the Artform Boards. Back to top

  • Steven Alderton (Chair), Visual Arts
  • Jono Perry, Theatre and Musical Theatre
  • Brian Lindsay, Museums and History
  • Maud Page, Visual Arts
  • Jan Bowen, Classical Music, Opera and Choral
  • Peter Wood, Multi-arts
  • Lissa Twomey, Festivals
  • Bethwyn Serow, Dance and Physical Theatre
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