Tuesday 9 April 2019

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After five years at the helm of PACT, we farewell Artistic Director Katrina Douglas. During her time, Katrina worked with over 400 early career artists, helping them to develop more than 20 new works.

Diversity has always been at the heart of PACT’s vision and this is reflected by the artists which we support from within Sydney’s eclectic artistic community. Moreover, PACT is more connected than ever before thanks to the many partnerships Katrina put in place, including with the City of Sydney, Performance Space, Next Wave, Critical Path, Sydney Fringe, and various universities.

Chair of the Board, Dr Caroline Wake, said: “We are hugely indebted to Katrina for her passion and vision over the past five years and for her courage and tenacity as she led the company through some of the leanest funding rounds the arts have faced. She arrived on the eve of PACT’s 50th birthday and leaves having ensured that we made it to 55.”

Under the new leadership of Executive Producer Nuala Furtado, the company will move to a new, more sustainable structure, that places creative producing at the heart of everything we do to support more and more young and emerging artists.

“Nuala has been working in the cultural sector for much of the last decade as a creative producer and curator. Her producing and programming credits span Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Performance Space, Force Majeure, and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. We look forward to writing a new and exciting chapter in PACT’s incredible history under Nuala’s leadership,” said Dr Wake.

We’re excited to announce more about our future plans later in the year. For now, we're not going anywhere. Check out our 2019 program here. It includes six new works – one each by our three resident companies Ten Tonne Sparrow, Karul Projects, and Ninefold as well as our three resident artists Emily Dash, Cheryn Frost, and Christie Woodhouse. We have another three PACT Salons curated by emerging artists. Last but not least, our Generations double bill will be back – this time featuring award-winning choreographer Martin Del Amo and collaborator Anton, alongside emerging collective Big Muscle Sad Heart.

More from PACT soon.

Tuesday 6 November 2018

George Mannix with PACT Alumni at the 50th Celebrations in 2014

George Mannix with PACT Alumni at the 50th Celebrations in 2014

A memorial service for George Mannix will be held at 11am on Monday 12 November at St Peter Chanel, Futuna St, Hunters Hill. After the service, there will be a gathering at the Hunters Hill Club, 12 – 20 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill. All are welcome.


Friday 12 October 2018

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Vale George Mannix 
12/11/1951 - 10/10/2018

We’re sad to announce that George Mannix passed away on Wednesday 10th October. George was an integral and important part of PACT’s community. He literally grew up around the company, as his father Jack co-founded PACT in 1964. Over the years, George worked across all levels of the company, as a performer, director, Board member and Artistic Director throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Hundreds, if not thousands, of artists, arts workers and participants benefitted from George’s hard work and dedication. PACT is here today because of George. 

There will be a public memorial for George Mannix in the coming weeks. We will posted details as soon as we receive them. 

All our thoughts and wishes are with George’s family, loved ones and friends.