Industry panellists appointed to guide National Cultural Policy

Artists and arts leaders from almost every state and territory have been appointed by Minister for the Arts Tony Burke MP to advise on the policy’s development.

Theatre and festival director Wesley Enoch AM, Arts Access Victoria CEO Caroline Bowditch, award-winning filmmaker Khoa Do, and soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO are among the members of five expert panels appointed to help guide the development of the Albanese Labor Government’s landmark National Cultural Policy.

In total, 15 industry professionals from across a range of artforms have been selected for the five panels, though notably, no Tasmanian representatives are included among their number.

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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