Q&A: Fergus Linehan on taking on Carriageworks

Irish-born and former Edinburgh International Festival director, Fergus Linehan heads to Australia to head up leading arts organisation.

Carriageworks – the premiere arts venue in Sydney –  recently announced it had appointed the respected international arts administrator, Fergus Linehan, as its next Chief Executive Officer. It is not an easy gig to take on – a multi-arts venue, in a heritage building that spans government funding and commercial enterprise, all while sitting on First Nations real estate.

If anyone can manage it, the Irish-born Linehan is well-placed to do so, formerly leading the acclaimed Edinburgh International Festival (2015-2022), the Dublin Theatre Festival as both a producer and director, and and before that Sydney Festival (2006-2009), Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House (2012-2014).

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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