A Session With Kerri Glasscock

Kerri Glasscock has worked in various roles on the Sydney arts scene for the past 18 years. In 2004 she co-founded the now legendary underground performance space 505 in Surry Hills. Over the next 5 years under her co-direction 505 grew from a one night a week underground venue to a full-time professional performance space now presenting 6 nights per week of local, interstate and international acts as Venue 505.

In 2011 a second venue the Old 505 Theatre was opened in the original warehouse space in Surry Hills providing Independent artists a home to develop new works with a strong focus on devised work. In September 2015 the team moved the theatre to a new custom built 70 seat theatre and cocktail lounge in Newtown. Twelve years on 505 presents over 320 productions/events a year and remains entirely self funded and artist run. A strong focus on original contemporary works, audience and sector development and quality programming has seen 505 included in a number of ‘best of lists’ and win a number of awards including:

  • Top 150 Jazz Clubs in the world by Downbeat magazine (U.S.A) 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
  • Listed as ‘a must visit spot’ in the 2013 Lonely Planet guide to Sydney
  • Winner- highly commended at Time Out Magazines Bar Awards for Best Entertainment Venue 2015
  • Best Jazz Venue- Alternative Media best of Sydney Awards 2014, 2013

Since 2013 Kerri has been at the helm of the largest independent arts festival in NSW, Australia the Sydney Fringe Festival as Festival Director/CEO, with a tenure till 2018.

In 2011 Kerri was included in the Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential and Inspiring People List, a vocal advocate for the independent sector she sits on a number of boards and committees including:

  • City Recital Hall Board of Directors (2015)
  • Joint Live Music Task Force Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils (2014)
  • Lord Mayor of Sydney's Live Music and Performance Task Force (2013)

 

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