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What's next for the Arts?

Join Musica Viva's CEO, Hywel Sims and Artistic Director, Paul Kildea for an insightful conversation on What's next for the Arts?

Esteemed guests and arts figures, Elaine Chia and Wesley Enoch AM join us online for a spirited discussion about the future – of our artform, for artists and the performing arts in Australia.  

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Hywel Sims

Hywel Sims was appointed CEO of Musica Viva in 2018. Originally from Wales, he has been leading not-for-profit organisations since 1992. Spanning three continents, Hywel’s work has focused on the development of organisational structures that sustainably support artistic vibrancy.

Having led organisations in the UK, US and Australia, Hywel brings a broad international perspective, as well as a deep commitment to music in Australia fostered through his work with Gondwana Choirs and – more recently – Musica Viva. Hywel also developed high school music education programs in Los Angeles, creating the Alive Music Project, which is now national in scope.

Hywel has been an integral member of Musica Viva’s senior management since 2014, initially as Director of Development and then as General Manager, Victoria. His tenure in Victoria was marked by strong box office results, countless new supporters and the resounding success of the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition to be delivered by Musica Viva.

Paul Kildea

Born and raised in Canberra, Paul Kildea holds an honours degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in musicology from The University of Melbourne – where he is Honorary Principal Fellow and was in 2016 a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow – and a doctorate from Oxford University.

He has written extensively on the English composer Benjamin Britten, including two books, Selling Britten and Britten on Music. In January 2013 Penguin published Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century to enormous critical acclaim, the Financial Times calling it ‘unquestionably the music book of the year’; it is now widely recognized as the best book on its subject.

In June 2018 Penguin published Chopin’s Piano: A Journey through Romanticism, which author William Boyd nominated as a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, describing it as ‘beguiling, limpidly written, effortlessly learned.’ Sovereign Films (US and UK) is currently developing it as a feature film.

As a conductor Paul has worked throughout Australia and Europe and has held artistic posts with the Aldeburgh and Perth festivals, in addition to being a former Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival in coastal New South Wales. As Artistic Director of London’s Wigmore Hall he revitalized the artistic programme, commissioning numerous works from young composers and discovering and launching a number of brilliant young artists and careers.

In September 2017 Paul returned to live in Australia and in June 2019 was announced as successor to Carl Vine as Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia.

Elaine Chia

Elaine Chia, whose career spans music, theatre and visual arts, is a passionate advocate for the arts. Her formal introduction into arts management began with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Her role on her first symphony orchestra tour was to source and coordinate host families for 110 young musicians in 10 cities across Australia. In 1996, she managed the National Music Camp with 240 music students and 100 staff and volunteers. Her role as coordinator, wrangler, persuader and responsible big sister was thus cemented.

Elaine’s journey next took her to Belvoir St Theatre as Business Manager, then to Sydney Conservatorium of Music as Marketing and Development Manager. She moved to Melbourne in 2004 where she took on the role of Acting CEO of the AMEB, and later, Business and Finance Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

She returned to the Sydney Conservatorium in 2007, to the newly created role of International Development Manager. She established new off-shore programs and tours in Asia, Europe and the United States. In 2010 Elaine joined the Australia Council for the Arts, where she oversaw the Australian representation at 3 Venice Biennales, and the redevelopment of the new Australian Pavilion, which opened in 2015 on time and on budget. Both projects were delivered as public-private partnerships.

She joined City Recital Hall in 2016 as the first CEO of the not-for-profit company established to manage and curate an annual program at the 1238-seat venue. In 2.5 years, the number of concert and events presented by the company quadrupled. After 4 years, Elaine farewelled City Recital Hall in February 2020 to take up the role of Executive Director at the Adelaide Festival.

Wesley Enoch AM

Wesley Enoch is a writer and director and the current Artistic Director at the Sydney Festival. He hails from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) and is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man.

Previously Wesley has been the Artistic Director at Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts; Artistic Director at Ilbijerri Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative and the Associate Artistic Director at Belvoir Street Theatre. Wesley’s other residencies include Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company; the 2002 Australia Council Cite Internationale des Arts Residency in Paris and the Australia Council Artistic Director for the Australian Delegation to the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts. He was creative consultant, segment director and indigenous consultant for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Wesley has written and directed iconic Indigenous theatre productions. The 7 Stages of Grieving which Wesley directed and co-wrote with Deborah Mailman was first produced in 1995 and continues to tour both nationally and internationally. Others include The Sunshine Club for Queensland Theatre Company and a new adaptation of Medea by Euripides’; Black Medea. His play The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table won the 2005 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.

In 2004 Wesley directed the original stage production of The Sapphires which won the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Play. Other productions include Stolen Riverland, Mother Courage and her Children, Headful of Love, Bombshells, Black Diggers, Gasp!, Country Song, Happy Days and The Odd Couple, I Am Eora, One Night The Moon, The Man From Mukinupin, Yibiyung, Parramatta Girls, Capricornia, Then Cherry Pickers and Romeo And Juliet

His most recent production is Black Cockatoo, which premiered at the 2020 Sydney Festival.

Event Dates

  • Online Event 29 Jun 2020 7:00 PM