Emily will work with the team to develop and deliver the Wheeler Centre’s dedicated program of events and work towards the Wheeler Centre’s fifth birthday celebrations, which will begin in February 2015.
“I am truly thrilled to be joining the passionate team at the Wheeler Centre,” says Emily. “Over the past four years I have closely observed the extraordinary way the organisation has wound itself deeply into Melbourne’s cultural heart, and its sense of civic self. I am so excited to now work alongside this ambitious team and flex my passion for writers, readers and provocative ideas.”
Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams said that the staff at the Wheeler Centre are looking forward to welcoming Emily. “Part of the Centre’s success over its short life has been that as well as attracting the best guest speakers and the best audience, we’ve always been lucky to attract the best staff.”
“With Emily joining the team as head of programming, we continue that tradition. Her experience, her enthusiasm and her creative talents will make her an invaluable addition to the team.”
Emily comes to the Wheeler Centre from the Next Wave Festival. As the Creative Producer and Co-CEO for four years, Emily was credited with radically reimagining the traditional arts festival. Emily also designed Next Wave’s popular Breakfast Club series, held at the Wheeler Centre since 2012. Prior to working with Next Wave, Emily was the Creative Producer of Melbourne Fringe.
In September 2014, Emily was announced as a recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, a two-year creative scholarship commencing in 2015. She begins her new role on Monday 20 October.
For more information, visit: www.wheelercentre.com for details.
Image: Emily Sexton