McGuinness accepts role at state library

Joel McGuinness is leaving Geelong Arts Centre for a role at State Library Victoria.

Geelong Arts Centre (GAC) chief executive and creative director will take up the role of executive director, experience at State Library Victoria in May.

Mr McGuinness has spent six years at GAC where he oversaw the $180 million redevelopment, making it the largest regional arts centre in Australia. He led the establishment of the Creative Engine program at GAC which has provided much needed support to emerging regional artists.

“Geelong Arts Centre and this city and region is extraordinary, and I have loved my six years as CEO and creative director,” Mr McGuinness said.

“I am beyond proud of what we have all accomplished as a team and excited for the future.”

GAC paid tribute to Mr McGuinness’ skills in leading the institution into a new era of artistic excellence.

“Joel McGuinness propelled Geelong Arts Centre into a new era,” chair Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust Lesley Alway said.

“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.

“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.”

State Library Victoria chief executive Paul Duldig said he was delighted to welcome Mr McGuinness to the library’s leadership group.

“State Library Victoria is the third busiest library in the world,” he said.

“Our civic spaces are a vibrant hub of activity in the heart of Melbourne, with an incredible program of must-see exhibitions, conversations and events. Joel brings a wealth of experience and leadership, and we look forward to his vision for delivering world-class cultural experiences for Victoria.”

Mr McGuinness will join State Library Victoria on May 6.