Libby Lincoln

Libby has undertaken leadership roles in producing and curating major cultural projects and managing diverse arts organisations for the past 32 years; and is considered one of the most experienced arts leaders in Australia.  Organisations include Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane Ethnic Music and Arts Centre and Out of the Box Festival, among others.

In her roles of CEO, Executive Director, Program Director, Executive Producer and General Manager, Libby has been instrumental in strategic and operational frameworks to propel artistic organisations forward.  She has curated and implemented a range of artistic projects from international collaborations and commissions; to large-scale community projects; to initiatives that develop and profile local artists and arts organisations.  

Partnerships, artistic exchange and collaborations have been a major theme throughout her career.  Within her festival roles, she has also led the development and presentation of platforms like the Australian International Music Market, as well as the ground-breaking Earth Dialogues Forum – Natural Resource Management chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev in 2006.   

To ensure successful delivery of cultural events, Libby has implemented benchmark models through long-term partnerships with government, including regional Council, and funding bodies. Through her arts development roles, she has provided leadership for local artists, strategies for art form and audience development, and developed education initiatives.

Libby is currently leading arts and cultural transformation for the City of Gold Coast.  As custodian of the Cultural Strategy 2023, she is responsible for arts development and cultural growth in the City. Libby completed her Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership through NIDA in 2019.

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