Deputy Chair appointment to the Australia Council

20 August 2015

I am announcing today that the Government has decided to reappoint Ms Robyn Archer AO as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council Board.

Ms 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.

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.

Ms Archer currently holds board positions as Chair of the Mayor’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Board for the City of Gold Coast and member of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations Board. She was recently announced as the inaugural Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership. She has previously chaired the Arts Advisory Board for the Adelaide College of the Arts and the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board. She has also been a trustee for the Adelaide Festival Centre and Victorian College of the Arts.

I congratulate Ms Archer on her reappointment.

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Ms Robyn Archer AO Biography

Ms Archer is 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. Ms 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.

She is also a celebrated performer, writer and public speaker and 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, Ms 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, Ms Archer has been awarded honorary doctorates from Flinders University, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, University of Canberra and Griffith University.