Arts Center Melbourne welcomes new CEO


One of the state’s most respected arts leaders will return to Victoria, leading Australia’s busiest arts center complex to new success after taking on the role of Managing Director of Arts Center Melbourne.

Karen Quinlan AM. Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery


Karen Quinlan AM, former groundbreaking director of the Bendigo Art Gallery and current CEO of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been appointed to lead the Arts Center Melbourne, which includes the Theaters Building, Hamer Hall and Sidney Myer Music. Bowl. She begins in the role on October 3.

Known for her transformative role as Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 to 2018, Ms. Quinlan built the gallery’s reputation on the world stage through major international partnerships and successful exhibitions.

Under his leadership, the Bendigo Art Gallery became a major engine of cultural tourism and boosted the region’s economy. Over the past four years, Ms. Quinlan has led the National Portrait Gallery through a period of change and renewed ambition, expanding its reach and profile nationally.

A former chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria and a member of boards including the Melbourne Fashion Festival and State Library Victoria, Ms Quinlan was also a member of the 2015 Creative Industries Task Force which informed the first strategy Creative State of the Victorian Government.

In 2019, Ms Quinlan received an Order of Australia Medal for her services to the arts. She joins Arts Center Melbourne as it embarks on a major upgrade as part of Melbourne’s $1.7 billion Arts District transformation project, which includes the refurbishment of the historic State Theatre.

, the groundbreaking former director of the Bendigo Art Gallery and current CEO of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been appointed to lead the Arts Center Melbourne, which includes the spire-topped Theaters Building, Hamer Hall and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. She begins in the role on October 3.

Known for her transformative role as Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 to 2018, Ms. Quinlan built the gallery’s reputation on the world stage through major international partnerships and successful exhibitions.

Under his leadership, the Bendigo Art Gallery became a major engine of cultural tourism and boosted the region’s economy. Over the past four years, Ms. Quinlan has led the National Portrait Gallery through a period of change and renewed ambition, expanding its reach and profile nationally.

A former chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria and a member of boards including the Melbourne Fashion Festival and State Library Victoria, Ms Quinlan was also a member of the 2015 Creative Industries Task Force which informed the first strategy Creative State of the Victorian Government.

In 2019, Ms Quinlan received an Order of Australia Medal for her services to the arts. She joins Arts Center Melbourne as it embarks on a major upgrade as part of Melbourne’s $1.7 billion Arts District transformation project, which includes the refurbishment of the historic State Theatre.

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