Robyn Archer AO FAHA (Chair of MFA (Cultural Leadership))

Robyn Archer

Chair of Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership)

Robyn Archer is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is currently the City of Gold Coast’s Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, and Artistic Director of The Light in Winter for Federation Square. In 2014, she completed five years as Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra 2013.

She is an acknowledged exponent of classic European cabaret, including early French cabaret songs and specialises in the works of Brecht, Weill and Eisler, which she recorded with the London Sinfonietta. Robyn won the prestigious Helpmann Award as Australia’s Best Cabaret Performer of 2013.

Robyn is Deputy Chair of the Australia Council, a member of the Council for Australian and Latin American Relations and of the European House of Culture.

Robyn is in constant demand as a speaker and writer on the arts. Her selected keynote addresses are published as Detritus (UWA Press) and she is published in various journals. Recent addresses have been given in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, New York, Poznan and London as well as at the Edinburgh Festival’s Culture Summit and at Peking University (Beijing).

Robyn is the former Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre (Canberra), the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals and Ten Days on the Island, which she created for Tasmania. She has received many awards including The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award, the International Society of Performing Arts International Citation of Merit and the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award (SA).

She is the patron of numerous arts organisations across Australia and a mentor for the European Festivals’ Association Ateliers. Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Officer of the Crown (Belgium), and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders (South Australia) and Griffith (Queensland) universities and the universities of Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy for Humanities. 

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