New CEO and Director for Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres

A+G-Carly-Davenport-AckerThe Arts Capital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Carly Davenport Acker as its new CEO and Director of Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (A+G) is undergoing major transformations, embarking on a new strategic planning cycle including centenary renovations at both centres.

A+G is situated in Braddon on Ngunnawal country, home to over 40 artists, creatives and arts organisations, and plays an important role in supporting, developing and presenting a diverse range of activities and programs.

“The Arts Capital board is excited to be working with Carly, who posseses decades worth of experience in the arts and culture sector,” said Mark Van Veen, Arts Capital Chair.

“We feel she is a perfect fit for this exciting new chapter in the organisations future endeavours and what is an especially important stage in the evolution of our centres.”

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the interim CEO, Adelin Chin, for steering the organisation through this transition,” said Van Veen.

Davenport Acker is committed to creating strong, transformative and sustainable pathways for arts makers, cultural practitioners, creative organisations and partners. Her focus as CEO of Arts Capital and Director of Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres will be to lead collaborative pathways.

Davenport Acker will be drawing on her 25 years’ experience working in diverse creative and cultural organisations and locations across urban and remote Australia.

Davenport Acker has worked in senior positions at a national and international level with major arts institutions such as the National Musuem of Australia and Australian Parliament House with significant experience in exhibition design, senior arts project management and governance.

She was a Winston Churchhill Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts History and Curatorship from ANU with a Graduate Diploma in Anthropology from University of Melbourne.

“I am truly excited to join the dynamic A+G team and to help galvanise the organisation’s core business and vision in strengthening Canberra’s vibrant arts sector,” said Ms Davenport Acker.

“This opportunity allows me to draw upon my national and international experience. I believe that excellence begins ‘at home’ and what we create here can be valued locally and globally.”

For more information about Canberra’s Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, visit: for details.

Image: Carly Davenport Acker (supplied)