The Gold Coast’s arts and creative community is leading a cultural revolution, but what initiatives are in place to help it thrive?

Meet Libby Lincoln. Libby is currently leading arts and cultural transformation for the City of Gold Coast, and as a custodian of the Cultural Strategy 2023, a guide to the City’s cultural investment and activity, she is responsible for arts development and cultural growth in the City.

The Culture Strategy 2023 was developed after extensive consultation with the community and local cultural practitioners, and details three major catalysts for change, delivering unprecedented opportunities for cultural development and transformation and exploring the four big ideas or strategic outcomes that will fuel the strategic vision – Built on creativity, transformed by imagination.

The Strategy outlines a future where culture is central to our community, wellbeing, our city’s reputation and livability and economic growth.

The City of Gold Coast is committed to delivering the ambitious vision, set in the City of Gold Coast’s first Culture Strategy, by 2023.

Libby Lincoln 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, 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.

Join us on Wednesday, April 10 at HOTA, Home of the Arts, to hear how the City of Gold Coast is supporting local artists and our cultural community through new initiatives to ensure they have the opportunities needed to thrive in our city.

Libby will join a panel of film and creative industry heavy-hitters on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30pm at HOTA, Home of the Arts, for an insightful evening exploring the ripple effects of the film and creative industry on local jobs and economic growth, diving into the wonderful world of film and creative industries and networking with likeminded individuals.

For more information about the Exclusive Cocktail Event: A Creative Gold Coast on Wednesday, April 10 please visit our Events Page. Places are limited, so purchase your tickets now!