Meet Our Ambassadors

The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now Festival presented by ANZ from March 1-16, 2016 is represented by four Creative Ambassadors, each passionate and respected leaders in their fields. They represent one of the festival’s four categories: art, music, stage and talks.

ARIA award-winning musician and songwriter Megan Washington, renowned Australian artist and dual-Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton, one of Australia’s most popular and versatile entertainers David Campbell and television presenter and comedian Charlie Pickering are the four Creative Ambassadors for the 2016 festival. Spectrum Now’s Creative Ambassadors for 2016, will assist to develop the 2016 program, overseeing the art, music, stage and talks categories respectively.

View the press release here.


“I am thrilled to contribute to Spectrum Now Festival as a creative ambassador! The Spectrum plays a vital role here in Sydney, feeding the life-blood of Australian culture across all disciplines. This is something that I am very passionate about!”

Del Kathryn Barton is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading figurative painters of her generation. Exhibiting extensively both nationally and internationally, Barton has been labelled one of Australia’s most collectible Australian Artist, by Art Collector Magazine in 2007. In 2013, Barton was awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prestigious portrait painting awards, for the second time with a portrait of actor Hugo Weaving.


“I’m really thrilled to be a part of the creative team for Spectrum Now 2016. Sydney is such a passionate and vibrant city, and the way we celebrate our culture and diversity will be on show throughout these weeks in March. I can’t wait!”

Two-time ARIA Award winning songbird Megan Washington, also known as Washington, is the 2016 Creative Ambassadors for music. Washington won the Best Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist awards at the ARIA Music Awards of 2010, has served as mentor on The Voice Australia and is one of Australia’s most unique voices.


“What excites me about Spectrum Now is that it can introduce so many people to a range of performances, artists and unique collaborations that they may never have seen before.”

David Campbell hosts TV and radio programs, headlines theatre, cabaret and concert performances and is a multi platinum awarded recording artist. Currently, Campbell presents the weekend afternoon show on Nova Entertainment’s Smooth FM network. Together with Sonia Kruger he is also the co-host of the national Mornings show for the Nine Network in Australia. Campbell has a unique legacy as not just one of Australia’s leading musical theatre stars, but also one of the few local performers to have achieved similar success internationally, including in New York.



“Great ideas seldom come in isolation.  They come from curious people coming together, sparking imaginations and seeing where it leads.  I’m looking forward to the exciting new art and conversation that Spectrum 2016 has in store”

Charlie Pickering spent ten years travelling the world as an award winning stand-up comedian before settling into the closest thing he had to a day job since he left his legal studies behind. As host of The Project for 5 years, Charlie was at the centre of one of Australian television’s most daring experiments – re-defining the way that hundreds of thousands of Australians see the news.

Charlie chose to wrap up with The Project at the start of 2014 so that he could focus on his stand up and some other exciting projects. 2015 has seen him return to our TV screens as the host of his own brand new TV show The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, one of the most acclaimed shows to hit TV screens this year.  The Weekly will be returning to our screens in 2016 with a brand new series.

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