Geelong Arts Centre to farewell CEO Joel McGuinness

GAC-Joel-McGuiness-photo-by-Peter-FosterThe Geelong Arts Centre has announced that CEO and Creative Director, Joel McGuinness will step down at the end of April to take up a new role as Executive Director, Experience at State Library Victoria.

In announcing Joel’s forthcoming departure, the Geelong Arts Centre Trust paid tribute to his exceptional skills in leading the institution into a new era of artistic innovation and community engagement.

Joel McGuinness propelled Geelong Arts Centre into a new era. With the support of an amazing team, his visionary leadership and dedication delivered a stunning new Arts Centre for Geelong and the broader region, indeed for all Victorians and beyond,” said Lesley Alway, Chair Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust.

His energy and ideas inspired innovation and collaboration across the arts and cultural sector. Joel’s commitment to artistic excellence and community impact is an important legacy that will resonate for years to come.

The Geelong Arts Centre Trust looks forward to continuing the momentum built under Joel’s leadership, further enriching the cultural landscape of Geelong and beyond.” said Alway.

The Geelong Arts Centre Trust congratulates Joel on his new role and extends its thanks for his outstanding contribution during his tenure. Joel will leave the Centre at the end of April and in the meantime, the Trust will begin the recruitment process for a new CEO.

Geelong Arts Centre and this city and region is extraordinary, and I have loved my six years as CEO and Creative Director. I am beyond proud of what we have all accomplished as a team and excited for the future,” said Geelong Arts Centre CEO and Creative Director Joel McGuinness.

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Image: Joel McGuinness – photo by Peter Foster