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Arts OutWest welcomes new Executive Director

Arts OutWest, the Regional Arts Development Organisation for the NSW Central West, announce the appointment of their new Executive Director, Kylie Shead.

Ms Shead 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 Shead grew up in Melbourne, studied and worked in Sydney before moving to 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 funding assessment panels for Create NSW.

Kylie is looking forward to working with the 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 art practice across the region,” Ms Shead said.

“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.

Ms Shead will begin at Arts OutWest on March 21. She has most recently been busy producing the Inland Sea of Sound Festival for BMEC.

Kylie Shead fills the Executive Director role at Arts OutWest after Tracey Callinan moved on to be CEO of state peak body Regional Arts NSW.

Networking and meet and greet events with the new executive director are planned for autumn.

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