Arts House announces new Artistic Director

Arts House Emily Sexton - photo by Sarah WalkerArts House has announced the appointment of cross-disciplinary curator, Emily Sexton as its new Artistic Director.

A Sidney Myer Creative Fellow (2014-15), Sexton has held multiple significant creative roles in the city, including Artistic Director of Next Wave (2010-14), Creative Producer of Melbourne Fringe (2008-10), and most recently Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (2014-17). In 2018 she is a participant in the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program.

Emily has been a Board Member for Arena Theatre Company, Snuff Puppets and Theatre Network Victoria , and is also alumnus of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Program (2011). She is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and other philanthropic trusts and foundations.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications, English) from the University of Sydney (2005). She’s a regular host and facilitator for arts organisations and writers festivals across Australia, and often co-hosts radio for ABC Melbourne.

“I adore Arts House, and its killer combination of daring thought, creative adventure and passion for independent art,” says Sexton. “I can’t wait to collaborate and build upon incredible work towards the next phase of Arts House’s role as Melbourne’s centre for contemporary and experimental performance.”

Emily will begin with Arts House in mid-June and her first curated program will be Season 1, 2019. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Emily Sexton – photo by Sarah Walker