ACMI’s Katrina Sedgwick steps down to lead Melbourne Arts Precinct

The outgoing ACMI CEO and Director will take up a new role with the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation next month.
ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM. image supplied.

Katrina Sedgwick OAM will step down as Director and CEO of ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) to take up the role of Director and CEO of Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co), after more than seven years at the helm of Australia’s national museum for screen culture.

Sedgwick has been the Director and CEO of ACMI since 2015, leading the organisation through a $40 million renewal project that transformed ACMI into a multi-award winning, multiplatform museum.

ACMI Board President Janet Matton AM paid tribute to Sedgwick’s ‘outstanding leadership’ of ACMI. ‘Katrina is a wonderful ambassador for the moving image and leaves a legacy of a newly transformed museum that lies at the heart of Victoria’s creative industries. I’m certain that Katrina will continue to be a huge asset to our city through her leadership of Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation.’

Among her many achievements, Sedgwick established ACMI’s inaugural First Nations Committee (FNC) and First Nations identified programming roles, and in consultation with the FNC will soon be recruiting a new First Nations identified role within the ACMI executive team – Director, First Nations, Equity & Social Policy. This role will support ACMI to place First Nations culture at the centre of Australian culture and continue the ongoing work required to champion diversity and inclusivity.

Sedgwick was also instrumental to the creation of ACMI X, a 2,000 square metre state-of-the-art co-working space in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct. The space is used by more than 60 creative practitioners, startups and businesses working with creative technology in the film, TV, videogames and art sectors.

A member of the Creative Industries Taskforce in 2015, Sedgwick was also instrumental in contributing to the Victorian Government’s inaugural Creative State Strategy 2020 and was co-Deputy Chair on the Creative Industries Advisory Group for the Creative State Strategy 2025. She contributed to the Victorian Government’s Federation Square Review, was a member of the Winter Event Advisory Committee (which led to the establishment of Rising) and the VicScreen steering committee. As Chair of Back to Back Theatre, Sedgwick was also awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2020 for her services to performing arts, screen industries and visual arts administration.

Sedgwick described her time at ACMI as an incredible honour. ‘I’m so grateful to the ACMI Board and the incredibly talented staff – along with our partners, committees, collaborators and volunteers. Together we have positioned ACMI at the forefront of museum culture on a local and global scale not just in terms of our programs but our focus on making ACMI more accessible, welcoming and reflective of our communities. I could not be prouder of our achievements.’

Sedgwick will finish at with ACMI on 31 March 2022 and start her new role with MAP Co on 4 April 2022. Graham Jephcott has been appointed as ACMI’s Acting Director and CEO while a global search continues for Sedgwick’s successor.

Paul Dalgarno writes novels: A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); memoir: And You May Find Yourself (2015); and creative non-fiction: Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. Twitter: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @narrativefriction