12 Apr 2016

Linda Mickleborough announced as new Executive Director for ACCA

ACCA Chair John Denton announced on Tuesday 12 April the appointment of leading arts manager Linda Mickleborough as the new Executive Director for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Linda has extensive experience in arts management and leadership.  She is the former General Manager and Co-CEO of much-loved Australian performing arts company Circus Oz. She currently works as an Arts Consultant and Executive Mentor with a number of small to medium arts organisations whilst undertaking post-graduate studies in Art History and Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne. 

“This is a very exciting appointment for ACCA,” said John Denton.  “Linda is one of Australia’s best and most sought after arts managers and advisors, with a proven track record in team-leadership, driving organisational growth and national and international partnerships. Under her watch Circus Oz grew to become one of Australia’s major performing arts organisations, and secured a new purpose-built home in Collingwood.”

“Linda’s arrival at ACCA alongside new Artistic Director and CEO Max Delany, heralds an ambitious new period in the organisation’s already rich and successful history.”

Linda will take up the position in May, and will be responsible for running all operational aspects of ACCA, as well as working with the Artistic Director/CEO on realising ACCA’s next-stage strategic vision.

“I am delighted with this appointment,” said Max Delany. “Linda is an inspiring arts leader, with a great record of achievement, and extensive experience across all areas of arts management, from strategic planning and partnerships, increasing turnover, garnering philanthropic support, driving major building and infrastructure projects and team leadership and mentoring.  I’m very much looking forward to working with Linda towards an exciting next chapter for ACCA.”

Linda replaces ACCA’s former Executive Director Kay Campbell, who resigned in early 2016 to take up new consultancy opportunities in Europe. 

“Taking up this position is a pivotal moment for me” said Linda Mickleborough. “The visual arts have been a life long passion and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to build on the achievements of ACCA.  I am particularly looking forward to working with ACCA’s Board and staff and collaborating with Artistic Director Max Delany, who has deep experience across Victoria’s wonderful visual arts ecology, and exciting plans for ACCA in the period ahead.” 

“It is also great to be taking up this position at a time when public engagement with contemporary art is so strong. I absolutely look forward to working with ACCA’s many supporters to secure a robust and vibrant future.”