Essential skills of a great arts administrator (from the archives)

Facilitation and strategy, nurturing artists' ideas, and examining challenges at a macro and micro level simultaneously: arts administrators are the unsung heroes of the Australian arts sector.

First published in 2015, this article was one of a series examining the key traits required for specific roles in the arts industry. While some of the interviewees have since moved onto new roles, or even left the country, the advice they offer has stood the test of time. 

Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts