Vale Chrissy Sharp

One of Australia’s most respected arts administrators, Sharp died on Tuesday aged 70.

Remembered as visionary, warm spirited, fiercely intelligent and a committed and inspirational leader, arts administrator Chrissy Sharp has died aged 70.

Sharp’s stellar career saw her helming some of the most significant arts organisations in Australia and the UK, including as General Manager of Sydney Festival from 2001 – 2003; General Manager of Sadler’s Wells in London from 2004 – 2009; Founding Director and CEO of The Wheeler Centre from 2009 – 2011; and CEO of Sydney Writers’ Festival from 2018 – 2021, a role she retired from earlier this year due to ill health.

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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