​Performing arts execs appointed to ANZAC Panel

Senior executives from two of our member companies have been appointed to the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Advisory Panel, which was recently announced by Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson.

​Performing arts execs appointed to ANZAC Panel


Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, and Nicholas Heyward, CEO of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, will join the panel of eight to help shape Australia's arts and culture program as part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations.

Artistic director and musician, Sir Jonathan Mills AO FRSE, was appointed as the Creative Advisor for the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund. He has been Director of theEdinburgh International Festival since 2006—a term scheduled to finish at the end of 2014.

‘The art projects considered by Sir Jonathan and the Advisory Panel and supported through this new Fund will tell the story of the Anzacs and how their sacrifice shaped our nation,’ Senator Brandis said.

The Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Advisory Panel members are:

    ·The Hon Rod Kemp, former Minister for the Arts

    ·The Hon Brendan Nelson, Director, Australian War Memorial

    ·Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre Company,

    ·Nicholas Heyward, CEO, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

    ·Josephine Ridge, Creative Director, Melbourne Festival

    ·Margaret Seares, Chair, Perth International Arts Festival

    ·Ben Quilty, artist

    ·Tony Walker, International Editor, Australian Financial Review.

The Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund features a Production and Commissioning Fund led by Sir Jonathan and a $2 million Public Grants program managed by the Ministry for the Arts. The Public Grants program, which will launch later this year, will be open to arts organisations, groups, individuals and cultural institutions.

The Anzac Centenary commemorations will take place between 2014 and 2018, marking 100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War.