Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director


The Role

  • Lead Australia’s premier regional arts centre
  • Develop and showcase creative talent in newly transformed facility
  • Bring local and national audiences to Geelong’s creative heart
  • Role is based in Geelong, Victoria

The Geelong Arts Centre Trust is seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced performing arts leader to lead the organisation and bring the newly redeveloped centre to life, bringing artists, creatives, and audiences into its incredible spaces. 

The CEO and Creative Director will be an experienced and dynamic creative leader, skilled at mobilising the centre’s array of key stakeholders and collaborating with partners across the sector, the community, and government. 

They will have an exceptional track record of leading teams, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.  They will be entrepreneurial, innovative, and commercial.  And as the face of the Geelong Arts Centre, they be a media savvy communicator.              

The Organisation

Geelong Arts Centre is the largest dedicated regional arts centre in Australia and is the only State Government Cultural Institution to be located outside Melbourne.  The Centre is a Statutory Authority established by the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust Act 1980.

2023 saw the completion of an ambitious $180+ million redevelopment of the Centre and its reopening as a multi-venue facility, offering vastly expanded opportunities for engagement with the Geelong community and providing cultural leadership for the region and beyond.

The Centre is embedded in the lifestyle of Geelong and is a gathering space for the whole community to engage with arts and culture and actively creates space for all to be involved.

Geelong Arts Centre is a national leader in an emerging group of multi-venue arts centres in regional centres across the country, and it continues to evolve as a ‘must-play’ national venue for commercial touring product, conferences and events.

The Centre has a diverse range of new venues and presents a bold vibrant and rich mix of programming that includes local community, Australian arts organisations, commercial national and international touring, and the development of new work.

Geelong Arts Centre is a key part of the Geelong cultural precinct, that includes the Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Platform Arts, and Back-to-Back Theatre Company. This is complemented by proximity to the evolving Little Malop Street food and beverage offerings.

The Centre optimises its role and government investment through innovative collaboration, partnerships with artists, arts organisations and support of local business.

Geelong Arts Centre plays a critical part in Australia’s cultural infrastructure in the development and presentation of excellent art, a driver of cultural tourism and major contributor to the cultural economy in Geelong.

How to apply

To receive a candidate brief or to arrange a confidential discussion about the opportunity, please contact: Fish Nankivell Partner, Andrew Abbott on
0401 712 953 or

Applications close Friday, 12 April 2024

Applications comprising a cover letter and CV can be submitted here or emailed to

Employer Questions

Your application will include the following questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?

Geelong Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer and values the contribution that diversity brings to the workplace.

Geelong Arts Centre is strongly committed to the safety and well-being of all children that interact with our organisation. We have zero tolerance for child abuse.

Geelong Arts Centre encourages and welcomes applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders People.

Applications are open to those with full-working rights in Australia.