Leading arts industry figure joins the Board.
Murdoch University has recently announced the appointment of Anna Reece as a new member of its Art Collection Board. Reece is a well-known and highly respected arts leader and advocate who brings with her extensive experience and knowledge of the arts industry.
Anna has vast and invaluable experience in the arts industry, having worked with various organisations and institutions in Australia and internationally. She currently works as the Director of the Fremantle Arts Centre and has previously held senior arts management positions, including three years as General Manager & CEO of the Darwin Festival. Anna has also been a member of various arts advisory boards and committees, including the Australia Council for the Arts and the New South Wales Arts Advisory Council.
In January this year, Anna was announced as the next Artistic Director of the Perth Festival. She will succeed the current Artistic Director Iain Grandage after his fifth and final Festival program in 2024. Just under ten years ago, Anna held the position of Executive Producer for the Perth Festival and was responsible for delivering The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of The Giants. The three-day extravaganza was the centrepiece of the 2015 Perth Festival and attracted over 1.4 million people to the Perth CBD. Eight years later, it remains the record holder for Australia’s biggest ever street art event.
In her new role on Murdoch University Art Collection Board, Reece will work with fellow Board members to advise on the development of the University's art collection and programs. The Board is responsible for acquiring and managing the University's art collection, which comprises over 2,000 contemporary Australian artworks of various mediums acquired since the mid 1970s. The Board also oversees the development of cultural programs, exhibitions, and events that engage with the wider community and contribute to the university's academic mission.
Reece's appointment will bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the Art Collection Board's work. Her experience in arts management and advocacy will be particularly valuable in helping guide the Board's strategic vision and direction. Reece has a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the arts, which aligns perfectly with the University's values and strategic priorities.
Murdoch University Art Curator Mark Stewart is delighted to welcome Anna to the Board. "Anna Reece is an internationally renowned arts professional who has made significant contributions to the industry in Australia and overseas. As a leading voice and highly respected figure, her appointment will help us to further develop our art collection and programs and enhance our engagement with the broader community in meaningful ways."