Fiona Winning (Lecturer, Cultural Leadership)

Fiona Winning

Lecturer, Cultural Leadership

Fiona Winning is currently the Head of Programming at Sydney Festival as well as lecturer and co-designer of NIDA’s landmark Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) course.

Prior to taking the Sydney Festival position in 2012, Fiona worked as a writer and producer in contemporary arts, across theatre, dance and visual cultures. She curated the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum; co-convened Bundanon Trust’s Siteworks 2010–11, a conversation between artists, environmentalists and scholars; and collaborated on the development of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects by independent practitioners.

From 1999–2008 Fiona was Director of Performance Space, a national contemporary arts hub based in Sydney. During this time, she collaborated with artists and communities to conceive and produce events in theatres, galleries and public spaces as well as developing a range of festival, training and residency programs. This included producing and curating Liveworks Festival 2008; producing and co-curating six Time_Place_Space interdisciplinary arts laboratories (with Teresa Crea, Sarah Miller and Julianne Pierce); collaborating with peers to set up Mobile States–Touring Contemporary Performance Australia; and programming exchanges with inter/national artists and companies.

Fiona was also instrumental in the development phase of Carriageworks, collaborating with the arts sector, Arts NSW and the architectural company, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland.

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