Arts OutWest welcomes Kylie Shead as new Executive Director

AAR-Arts-OutWest-Kylie-SheadArts OutWest, the Regional Arts Development Organisation for the NSW Central West, has announced the appointment of Kylie Shead as their new Executive Director.

“The Arts OutWest board are delighted to have someone of Kylie’s commitment to the arts sector, wide base of skills, strong industry experience and long-term knowledge of the Central West coming in to lead the Organisation,” said Arts OutWest Chair Fran Charge.

Kylie has been Creative Producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre for over 15 years and during this time she has run festivals for all ages, developed new programs, and supported theatre makers in the region as well as producing new work.

Kylie has a long association with Arts OutWest: as a contract project manager prior to working for Bathurst Regional Council and as a past board member.

Kylie grew up in Melbourne, studied and worked in Sydney before moving to the Central West NSW 18 years ago. Kylie is a NIDA graduate in Technical Production. She has worked as a freelance stage manager and production assistant on major musicals and as the administrator for ATYP and Tropfest.

She worked on major public events and festivals in Sydney including Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations. In 2003 she moved to Bathurst, where she has also taught event management and theatre production at Charles Sturt University.

Kylie also brings a wealth of experience in areas like funding both in her role at BMEC and as an assessor on the art form boards for Create NSW and for the Regional Art Fund, and is looking forward to working with board and staff of Arts OutWest.

“I’m thrilled to be working with such a great team, and to have the opportunity to support work with artists and arts practice across the region,” said Ms Shead said.

Kylie will begin at Arts OutWest on Monday 21 March. She fills the Executive Director role at Arts OutWest after Tracey Callinan moved on to be CEO of state peak body Regional Arts NSW. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Kylie Shead (supplied)