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ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Sally Hobson

“I chose the ICE placement primarily because of the international element of the programme and the duration of the placement. I chose to curate my own placement and take in visits and placements in various organisations in Hong Kong, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore in order to engage with working practises outside Europe.”


Since 1993, Sally Hobson has directed the Programme Development Department of the Edinburgh International Festival. In this post she curates and delivers the public talks during the August Festival and the extensive year round schools and outreach programme.  The focus of this role, Head of Programme Development is constant within the yearly re-invention of the Festival. She also manages the Edinburgh International Fringe Prize as part of this post.

Alongside working for the Edinburgh International Festival, she has been a Specialist Drama Adviser to the Scottish Arts Council/ Creative Scotland from 2003 – 2011, following four years as a member of Drama Committee.  Sally has also taught on the Contemporary Theatre Practice Course at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama/ Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for several years as a guest lecturer and theatre director in the area of theatre, education and community work.

Sally was awarded The Arches New Stage Directors Award for her script “Talking to Yourself” and maintains a small production company, StillPoint Productions, which stages performance work.

Sally was hosted by Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia. Sally also spent time in Hong Kong and Singapore.

About Sally’s mentor

Fergus Linehan is an internationally recognised curator, producer and commentator in the areas of arts, festivals and events.  He has led the growth and development of two major international festivals in Ireland and Australia.  As Director of Sydney Festival he introduced a number of initiatives including Festival First Night, About an Hour, Festival Garden and brought artists such as Brian Wilson, Bjork, Grace Jones and Elvis Costello to Sydney.

Latest Updates

10 April 2012: 6 weeks at Carriageworks in Sydney on Creative Futures HQ.

24 March 2012: thoughts from the 10th Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide on Creative Futures HQ.

14 March 2012: a summary of my time in Hong Kong & China on Creative Futures HQ.