Robyn Archer AO reappointed as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council Board

NIDA_Robyn ArcherMinister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has announced the reappointment of Robyn Archer AO as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council Board.

“As Deputy Chair of the Australia Council Board, Ms Archer has demonstrated strong governance and leadership skills during her tenure on the board of the Australia Council,” said Senator Brandis. “I congratulate Ms Archer on her reappointment.”

Robyn Archer is held in high esteem for her extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector as a leader, mentor and practising performer. Her reappointment for twelve months follows a successful term serving as Deputy Chair from 1 July 2013 until 30 June 2015 under the Australia Council Act 2013 and a one-year term as Deputy Chair under the Australia Council Act 1975.

Currently Strategic Advisor for Arts and Culture for the City of Gold Coast, Artistic Director for The Light in Winter in Federation Square, Melbourne, a member of the European House of Culture, and mentor for the European Festivals’ Association, Atelier, Archer was recently appointed as the inaugural chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s highly anticipated Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership.

A celebrated performer, writer and public speaker, Archer has previously been artistic director or adviser for a number of cultural festivals, including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island in Tasmania, the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, the Canberra Centenary and the European Capital of Culture.

In recognition of her significant contributions to the arts, Archer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She has also been awarded a Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Australian Business Arts Foundation Award for Cultural Leadership, an International Citation of Merit from the International Society for the Performing Arts, an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) from France and an Officer of the Crown from Belgium.

In addition, Archer has been awarded honorary doctorates from Flinders University, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, University of Canberra and Griffith University.

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