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Karen Quinlan appointed CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne

Karen Quinlan AM CEO Arts Centre Melbourne_1_cropped

Karen Quinlan appointed CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne

Wednesday August 3rd, 2022

NEWS JUST IN: Karen Quinlan AM, former director of Bendigo Art Gallery and current CEO of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been appointed as the new CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne.

Ian Carson, AM, President Victorian Arts Centre Trust, announced the appointment today.

“We could not be more thrilled that Karen will be joining us as CEO at such a pivotal moment in our history.” Carson said. “Her strength in working with teams across the arts sector, bringing innovation and fresh thinking to her roles as well as her deep commitment to First Nations people and the principles of diversity and inclusion made her a compelling candidate. She possesses an outstanding reputation and is well respected nationally and internationally for her leadership.”

Ms Quinlan brings a wealth of senior experience to the role, having held leadership positions at some of Australia’s most revered creative organisations. She is most recognised for her transformative role as Director of Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018, working with international cultural institutions to bring blockbuster exhibitions to regional Victoria, driving cultural tourism and the visitor economy.

Mr Carson said Ms Quinlan stood out as a proven and inspiring leader amongst a very strong field of candidates, resulting from a global search.

Over the past four years, Quinlan has steered the National Portrait Gallery through a period of change and ambition, and as a result the gallery has markedly extended its reach and profile nationally. This opportunity to move back to her home state is one that Quinlan will embrace as her stellar career has taken her from Bendigo to the National Capital, Canberra. Quinlan was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2019 for Services to the Arts.

Ms Quinlan said she was could not be more excited to be joining the Arts Centre Melbourne.

“Arts Centre Melbourne is a cultural institution of global significance and is a place that connects performers, artists, makers and presenters. The transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct will redefine our experience, engage new audiences and inspire generations to come,” Quinlan said.

“As an arts leader I am excited and energised by the prospect of leading the extraordinary team at Art Centre Melbourne, working with Ian Carson AM and the Trust, embracing change and growth, and importantly delivering a world class experience for the community in my hometown!”

The PGAV is thrilled to welcome Karen back to Victoria and congratulate her on the new role.

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.