Collette Brennan


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    Collette Brennan joins the Abbotsford Convent as CEO in late September 2016.

    Collette’s expertise spans performing arts, festivals, youth arts, arts education and public programming, with senior roles based in Brisbane, Sydney and now Melbourne, with national and international remits.

    Collette is passionate about connecting the arts to diverse audiences through curated programs, and via strategies which advance and promote the arts locally, nationally and internationally.

    Most recently, Collette has held a number of roles with the Australia Council for the Arts, including: Director of International Development; Acting Executive Director of Arts Development; and Director of Market Development.

    Previous roles include: Executive Director of Circa Contemporary Circus; founding Creative Director of The Edge, the State Library of Queensland’s program for children and young people; and General Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival for 3- to 8-year-olds, to name a few.

    Collette has also worked on numerous national and international boards and committees; she is currently Chair of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, a member of the International Society for the Performing Arts Governance and Fellowships Committees, and an Arts Queensland peer.

    When asked to name a favourite space at the Abbotsford Convent - Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct, with 11 heritage buildings set on 6.8 hectares - Collette, like most, finds it hard to choose just one! However, among Collette’s favourite spaces are the Convent Studios, which house an inspiring community of artists, arts and cultural organisations, wellbeing practitioners, educators and broadcasters who are the heart and soul of the Convent.

    Collette avidly attends performing arts productions, and Ilbijerri Theatre’s Jack Charles V The Crown under the direction of Rachael Maza remains one of the most moving and powerful theatre performances Collette has experienced. She looks forward to a more diverse range of arts and cultural events and activities at the Convent over time, with the restoration of major buildings, including the Laundries, offering new possibilities for presentation spaces.