ABC Appoints EDWINA THROSBY as Editor-in-Chief of Arts to Drive Artistic Strategy


The ABC has appointed award-winning producer, director and arts administrator Edwina Throsby as Arts Editor-in-Chief, to lead the public broadcaster’s artistic strategy and champion the vital role of arts and culture in Australia.

Throsby will support ABC’s artistic content and partner with artistic institutions to reflect and represent the diversity of the arts in Australia. She will lead the creative and editorial execution of new prime-time ABC TV Plus show works of art, the country’s only weekly arts TV show, as well as new digital art content.

Throsby will join the ABC on August 9 as the Head of Discussions and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, where she has programmed and presented a list of popular events such as major international festivals All About Women and Antidote.

Jennifer collins, ABC Head Factual & Culture, said Throsby’s expertise in producing, directing and curating content would improve ABC’s artistic coverage for all Australians.

“Edwina has the vision, experience and passion to support and shape the creation of artistic content across ABC.

“His experience in building partnerships and delivering content to the public on all platforms, including digital, is impressive and invaluable to the CBA at this time. “

Throsby said:

“It is extremely exciting to come back to the CBA to take on this role. Despite a difficult time for the arts, Australian artists continue to thrive, creating works that critique and define our culture. I believe our public broadcaster has a vital role to play in this thriving artistic ecology; reflect, communicate and amplify the works and stories of artists and creators from all backgrounds and creative fields.

“I am extremely proud to join the team to deliver artistic programming to audiences across Australia.”

Throsby’s new role will see her return to ABC, where she was a series producer of Big ideas from 2008 to 2010 and worked as a producer on programs such as Sunday Afternoon Arts, Q + A, Four Corners and Media watch.

From 2013 to 2016, she was curatorial manager for TEDxSydney, where she conceived and oversaw the artistic and creative vision for the annual festival of lectures and culture. Her titles as a documentary filmmaker, from 1999 to 2012, include Creative Minds: Bill Henson, Opera Australia Jubilee, Loaded Brush and Dance like your old man which was named Best Documentary at Flickerfest and Dance on Film Awards and Best Documentary Short at Melbourne International Film Festival, and won the Nova Cinemas Award for Creative Excellence in Australian Film.

Throsby ran Checkboard Productions from 2002-17, working on several film and media projects. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the School of Social Sciences at the University of NSW and an MA in Directing, Producing and Writing Documentaries from the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

No media organization does more than the ABC to promote and provide a forum for the arts and artists in Australia. Over three quarters of Australians say the ABC encourages and promotes Australian performing arts, such as music and theater, in accordance with the ABC Charter.

In 2021, the ABC strengthened its commitment to the arts with the launch of works of art and new and upcoming art documentaries and series such as Find the Archibald, Going Country, Firestarter: The Bangarra Story, Enter Heaven, I’m Wanita and My name is Gulpilil.

In 2020, the ABC provided urgent and essential support to independent Australian producers and creators affected by COVID-19, including the launch of the Digital Arts Fund for innovative new artistic content and the Australian Music Fund to support artists. and independent musicians.

With the lights turned off in theaters and concert halls due to the pandemic, the ABC also launched its largest on-demand catalog ever of performances by Australian artistic companies, across theater, opera, ballet and classical music.

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