Marcus Westbury is a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events.
In 2008 Marcus founded Renew Newcastle with his own funds and energy. It’s a low budget, not for profit, DIY urban renewal scheme that has brokered access to more than 30 empty buildings for creative enterprises, artists and cultural projects in his home town of Newcastle, NSW.
Marcus was the writer and presenter of Not Quite Art on ABC1. The series was awarded the “Best Arts Show of the Year” in 2008.
He is the author of Creative Cities and CEO of the Collingwood Arts Precinct, currently in development
Marcus has also appeared regularly on ABC Local radio. He worked as a project manager for ABC Online and Radio National, developing the online models of forums, interactive programming and audio downloads that are now common on that network and in the 1990s he was the manager of the Australia Council’s LOUD and Noise media festivals.
As a festival director Marcus was a founder of Newcastle’s This Is Not Art festival, Newcastle’s largest annual tourism event and one the largest media arts events in the world. He was the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival and was a director of the Cultural Program of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. He also co-founded Free Play, Australia’s largest independent computer games developers conference.