Celebrating Leadership Transition and Cultural Innovation

The Board of Directors of Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct is pleased to announce that Clare Armitage has been named the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer. She will succeed Eric Holowacz, who has served in the leadership role at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre since December 2021, and was recently appointed Arts and Cultural Services Manager at Blue Mountains City Council in New South Wales. 

“The search committee had an excellent pool of candidates,” says Board Chair Robbie Friel, “but Clare stood out as a multi-faceted arts professional with diverse experience working with Northern Territory cultural organisations, leading projects and public programming, and connecting on a national level.”  

Ms Armitage brings a professional background as a curator, and has worked in arts, culture, and heritage institutions in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Canberra over the past twelve years. She has an excellent knowledge of the arts landscape in the Northern Territory and a passion for celebrating and sharing our collective cultural heritage.

“I actually began my career as gallery curator at Godinymayin more than a decade ago, and I feel very privileged to be returning to Katherine for this important leadership role,” says Armitage. “I have a sincere fondness for this organisation, a great belief in its potential, and an excitement about the new facilities and future as a cultural hub.”

The Chief Executive manages all aspects of the cultural centre, the team, funding and resources, and oversees public programming and partnerships. Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre was established in 2012 as the flagship cultural facility for the Katherine Region, and last year welcomed over 25,000 people through the doors. The founders were a visionary group of local artists, elders, civic leaders, business owners, pastoralists, educators, and government partners who wanted to make a special place for the community to gather and be creative. Over the past decade, Godinymayin has become a community hub that now presents theatre, music, cabaret, exhibitions, lectures, comedy, cinema, and civic events—and is also home to workshops, conferences, corporate functions, and hired activities of every kind. 

“I have a great fondness for Katherine and the cultural centre” said Armitage. “And I look forward to reconnecting with you, working with you and learning from you at this exciting time for our region and community. “

For more information about Godinymayin, contact our centre on (08) 8972 3751 or visit our website.

We look forward to welcoming you through our doors in 2024.

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