Katrina Sedgwick, an established performing arts practitioner and one of Australia’s leading arts and screen festival directors, has been appointed the new ABC TV Head of Arts.
She will take up her position in Sydney on 11 April.
Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said “This new stand alone position reporting directly to me will provide stronger focus on our arts programming.
“As a result of changes to our arts production and line up last year we have increased the resources committed to prime-time arts programming to be commissioned from the independent production sector,” he said.
“At this time of change Katrina will bring a wealth of expertise from her extensive and impressive background across the arts as a practitioner, producer and festival director. She has a track record in creating, commissioning and curating arts programming and events as well as building significant partnerships with art organisations,” said Dalton.
Sedgwick said “After nearly a decade with the Adelaide Film Festival I am ready to move on to a new challenge. The newly created role of Head of Arts offers me the exciting opportunity to extend the curatorial and management skills I have developed at the AFF and particularly its film and television investment program.”
The Adelaide Film Festival has been listed in Variety magazine’s list of Top 50 ‘Unmissable Film Festivals in the World’ – the only Australian film festival to be listed. Sedgwick established the festival and its investment fund and since 2003 has been responsible for supporting and investing in a multi award winning slate of almost 50 projects including the feature films Samson & Delilah, Look Both Ways, Ten Canoes and Snowtown, the documentaries Forbidden Lies and Mrs Carey’s Concert and the short films Spike Up! and The Palace.
The AFF also presented a major visual arts program in association with the Samstag Museum, the Art Gallery of SA, the Experimental Art Foundation and the Contemporary Art Centre of SA, including the commissioning gallery based artworks from artist Lynette Wallworth and filmmaker Warwick Thorton.
Sedgwick conceived and created the AFF’s The Hive Laboratory that brings together artists from a range of art forms (including Richard Tognetti, Meryl Tankard, Kate Champion, Gideon Orbarzanek, Susan Norrie, Lynette Wallworth, Michael Kantor, Chris Drummond, Rose Myer, Garry Stewart) and leading filmmakers to cross-pollinate their ideas and creative processes. Working with ABC TV and the Australia Council The Hive Investment Fund will result in three ground breaking projects by leading arts practitioners moving into the world of film and television.
Prior to the AFF previous positions held by Sedgwick have included the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Special Events Producer of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Artistic Director of Come Out Festival and Co-director of the Sydney Fringe Festival. Katrina has produced short films and theatrical events as well as working in live theatre, film and television as an actor.
According to Dalton “Katrina will bring a distinctive vision to ABC TV Arts, an ability to connect with diverse audiences and extensive networks across the arts in Australia.”