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Expect a buzz around new arts chief

Caroline Downer… new chief for Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

A MEMBER of a leading Canberra music family has been appointed CEO of Tuggeranong Arts Centre, it was announced today (May 11). 

Caroline Downer, who succeeds acting CEO Karena Keys, has more than 30 years’ experience in the arts, most recently as executive director of Arts North West and previously as director of the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale.

The daughter of the late Jill Downer, who founded Early Music Enterprises in Canberra, and sister of noted oboist Jane Downer, she holds honours degrees in music and fine arts and a master of arts honours in museum studies from the University of Melbourne.

She has co-ordinated large regional music festivals and has served on arts committees, including the NSW State Government Classical Music Artform Advisory Board and as a peer reviewer for the Australia Council.

In 2020, Downer  was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia for services to performing and visual arts. Musicians in Canberra are saying the centre will be abuzz with activities when she takes up her appointment on June 14.

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