Wendy Martin


Wendy Martin is a cultural industries consultant and producer. She has a reputation for creating ground breaking, compelling and engaging multi-form festivals, commissions, events and public engagement programs. In March 2019 she completed a four-year tenure as Artistic Director of Perth Festival where she delivered programs praised for their ‘passionate sense of social and moral purpose, high quality and deep connections.’

Between 2000 and 2015 Wendy was Head of Performance and Dance at the Southbank Centre, London and the Sydney Opera House creating distinctive international programs and festivals including Unlimited: a Festival of work by deaf and disabled artists, a highlight of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. At Sydney Opera House she founded Spring Dance (2009) and Message Sticks Indigenous Arts Festival (2001). For the decade prior to 1998, she was a television arts producer for public broadcasters ABC and SBS.

Wendy is a Board member of Chunky Move Contemporary Dance Company, Melbourne and DADAA, Western Australia’s arts and health organisation that creates access to cultural activities for people living with disability. She is also a member of the Artistic Reference Panel for Black Swan State Theatre Company. In the UK she was an artistic adviser to Fuel Theatre and served on the Board of the Australian & NZ Festival of Literature and Arts, London. In 2010, she was a founding Board member of Shaun Parker & Company (Aus). In 2005, she received a Tudawali Award for her contribution to fostering Indigenous Australian Culture.