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ACCA'S Artistic Director and CEO Max Delany to Step Down

Tuesday July 9th, 2024

Max Delany, Artistic Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) has announced his intention to step down in November 2024.

ACCA Chair Dr. Terry Wu praised Delany’s contributions over his nine-year tenure, highlighting his dynamic curatorial vision and strong engagement with First Nations communities. “Max leaves ACCA in incredible shape,” Terry stated, citing achievements such as expanding education programs and embedding diverse voices in ACCA’s vision.

Since taking on the role in 2016, Max has curated landmark exhibitions like 'Sovereignty', 'Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism,' and 'Who’s Afraid of Public Space?'. Terry emphasized Max's role in amplifying ACCA’s platform for contemporary artists, delivering influential commissions, and showcasing leading international artists in Australia.

Max has been instrumental in embedding First Nations voices through exhibitions and establishing a dedicated First Nations curatorial position, first held by Hannah Presley in 2018 and now by Dr. Jessica Clark.

Max expressed gratitude for ACCA's team, board, artists, donors, and government partners. “The work of artists lies at the heart of what we do, and I am immeasurably grateful for their collaboration and trust,” he said.
ACCA’s Board will soon begin the recruitment process for a new Artistic Director/CEO. Terry concluded, “Max’s enthusiasm and dedication to art and artists have never wavered. We wish him the best in the next chapter of his career.”


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