Sheena Boughen recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honour

By June 12, 2018News
Sheena Boughen OAM - Photo by Heide Smith Medres

Sheena Boughen OAM – Photo by Heide Smith Medres

Four Winds is incredibly proud of its Life Ambassador, Sheena Boughen, who has been awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Sheena’s tireless work as a pro-bono CEO and Chair of Four Winds over many years has resulted in world class music performance spaces being developed in Barragga Bay, Bermagui, on the Far South Coast of NSW.

Sheena lead a dedicated, voluntary team to develop Four Winds into the nationally recognised arts organisation we know today whose purpose is to use music as a powerful force to fire the imagination. Sheena and her team also achieved the significant fundraising targets required from Federal and State governments and private individuals to deliver this project in a remote and rural part of NSW. Sheena’s leadership in the Arts was also recently recognised by Creative Partnerships with the National Arts Leadership Award for 2017.

The level of ambition and dynamic leadership shown by Sheena has enabled the development of a year-round program of work to emerge at Four Winds, the pinnacle of which is still the organisation’s world renowned, and now annual Easter Festival. Four Winds balances being an arts organisation that has an international outlook – presenting and promoting musicians from across the globe – with a true commitment to its community, particularly focused on participation and local music education for young people.

Four Winds future is as ambitious as ever, with Artistic Director James Crabb announcing plans for a new Youth Festival in Spring 2018 building on the incredible amount and variety of work Four Winds is undertaking with young people throughout the year. Its Windsong Series – the next concert of which is on this Sunday 17 June at the Windsong Pavilion – continues to present world-class artists whose visits to the Far South Coast always includes time inspiring the community beyond their performance. Work recorded and created at Four Winds is taking the organisation’s reputation far and wide; South Coast based composer and percussionist David Hewitt’s latest work created and recorded at Four Winds is currently installed at the 2018 Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania.

The ambition and scope of our work would not have been possible without the commitment of Sheena and the team she lead to develop Four Winds performance spaces and the organisation itself which has far reaching benefit, at home and overseas. In Sheena’s own words: “you have not to be frightened by the size of your ambition”. Today, Four Winds is able to be even more ambitious thanks in no small part to our Life Ambassador, Sheena Boughen OAM.

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Ben Marden

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Ben Marden

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Trevor Mein

Windsong Pavilion Photo by Trevor Mein


Four Winds held its first concert on 7 April 1991, in the very same landscape that would later be expanded and developed to its renowned current day facilities called Nature’s Concert Hall.

Over the next 25 years, this initial event, which originally drew an audience of 200 people, grew in scope and scale, attracting thousands of music lovers to its biennial Four Winds Easter Festival.

The organisation is renowned for presenting world-class performances from leading national and international musicians in its unique natural setting, set on 30 acres of open bushland, on New South Wales’ stunning south coast.

Since its inception, the Four Winds Board had a clear vision to move beyond the presentation of a biennial Festival, to incorporate ongoing community engagement, natural conservation, and partnerships with the local Yuin Aboriginal community.

In 2014, with the help of architects Phillip Cox and Clinton Murray, the Four Winds site was transformed into the Nature’s Concert Hall, home to two exceptional purpose-built performance spaces, the 2,000-person capacity outdoor Sound Shell; and the 200-seat Windsong Pavilion.

These permanent facilities have enabled Four Winds to expand to a year-round program comprising concerts and performances, community events, artist residencies, music and environmental education programs including mentorships and live streaming programs, as well as the development of a significant Native Species Arboretum, in conjunction with Landcare Australia.

The Windsong Pavilion is also available as a world-class recording studio.

In October 2016, Four Winds appointed James Crabb in the role of Artistic Director, to lead the next phase of its creative development.

The next Four Winds Easter Festival will be on from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 April 2019.