Experimenta announces New Executive Director

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 19 March 2014.

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Experimenta is delighted to announce the appointment of Amelia Bartak as its incoming Executive Director. Amelia will be joining the Experimenta team from April 2014 and replaces Jen Mizuik who after five years at Experimenta has accepted the role of Director, Visual/Digital Arts at The Banff Centre, Canada.

Amelia said, “I am excited to be joining the team at Experimenta, Australia’s leading media arts organisation. It is a significant and highly respected platform for Australian and international art practice across the spectrum of art, technology, science and media. I look forward to building on Jen’s legacy, strengthening and expanding our partnerships with artists, sponsors and key stakeholders. Working collaboratively with Jonathan Parsons, Artistic Director, we will drive the ongoing development and presentation of high quality artwork and experiences that will delight and enthral audiences across the country and beyond.”

Amelia has worked in the arts throughout her professional life; most recently as Program Manager-Victoria, establishing ArtsReady for AFL SportsReady. ArtsReady is a federally funded, vocational training and employment initiative for the arts and creative industries supporting early career pathways for young people. Prior to this she was General Manager/Producer for contemporary dance company Phillip Adams BalletLab, working with key stakeholders across funding, governance and practice including the Melbourne Festival, MONA FOMA and internationally. She has worked as a sessional academic at RMIT and at Deakin University in the post-graduate Arts and Entertainment Management program and is currently on the board of Black Hole Theatre. With her extensive networks across the cultural and creative sectors nationally and internationally, Amelia brings 25 years of organisational arts management knowledge to Experimenta and will be instrumental in delivering the 2014 Biennial program to growing audiences.