Exit interview: Jim Cathcart, Director Fremantle Arts Centre

With 15 years in the job, ArtsHub spoke with Jim Cathcart on shaping an organisation’s unique character, finding financial sustainability, and knowing when to go.

Jim Cathcart didn’t mince words. He told ArtsHub: ‘Fremantle Arts Centre is in really good shape; I have no fears for the future of the organisation – it’s looking really bright.’

In an environment where we have become accustomed to a ‘gloom and doom’ rhetoric, charting the past 15-years of Cathcart’s directorship of Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC), and what the next chapter may present in his wake, was inspirational.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina