Carriageworks appoints Adrian Burnett as Head of Programming

Carriageworks Adrian BurnettOne of Australia’s most significant contemporary creative industry hubs, Carriageworks, has announced the appointment of Adrian Burnett as Head of Programming.

A highly respected artistic leader with extensive experience and knowledge in dance, multi-arts and the cultural industries, Adrian will shape Carriageworks’ programming and lead the delivery of national and international projects across art forms.

“We are thrilled to welcome Adrian to the team as our Head of Programming. His wealth of experience as an artist and a curator will undoubtedly enrich our program, offering exciting experiences to the audiences that we serve,” said Carriageworks CEO, Fergus Linehan.

An award-winning choreographer and leading dance artist, Adrian is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School and has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Australian Ballet including roles such as Senior Artist, Resident Choreographer, Guest Teacher, and Executive Producer.

Beyond the stage, Adrian has leveraged his extensive networks and art-form expertise to inform grant programs, strategic initiatives, and policy outcomes, particularly during his tenure as Director of Dance and Multi-Art Form at Creative Australia.

Most recently, Adrian has championed the arts as the Senior Curator and Producer of New Annual – the City of Newcastle’s flagship arts and cultural festival.

In addition to his numerous roles, Adrian is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Ballet School, contributing to the future of dance education in Australia, and Chair of Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic development.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Carriageworks at this exciting time,” said Adrian Burnett. “I look forward to collaborating with Fergus and the entire Carriageworks team to develop arts and cultural programs that inspire artists, engage communities, and captivate audiences.”

Adrian joins Carriageworks during an exciting new chapter for the precinct, which includes the recent introduction of a more seasonal approach to its programming, which ranges from internationally recognised major events to the provision of space for the development and realisation of new works of art.

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Image: Adrian Burnett (supplied)