Fiona de Garis


I am an arts executive with a deep love of contemporary performance. I am excited by the transformative potential of art to change lives and build communities. With 25+ years’ experience in the cultural sector I am skilled in facilitation of the creative process and have worked extensively across performance genres, with a strong focus on developing new Australian work. Passionate about capacity building and realising potential, I love mentoring and providing development pathways for artists and arts workers.

A strategic thinker, I have an exceptional ability to convert planning into action and a high degree of contextual awareness. With a strong track record in managing competing priorities, I thrive on complexity. I insist on good process underpinned by great systems to reach desired outcomes. I work well with stakeholders and enjoy brokering, maintaining and evaluating the partnerships and collaborations that add value and efficiency in our challenging arts environment.

I enjoy a work environment that is highly collaborative and engaged. I value generosity, authenticity, imagination, trust and compassion, and have a keen interest in supporting diversity in all its forms.