Job Details


Aug 5, 2022


Western Australia

Closing Date

Sep 9, 2022

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts


Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is one of Western Australia’s most loved visual and performing arts institutions and has been recognised as a home and focal point for contemporary arts for over 30 years.

The PICA Board seek an exceptional CEO to provide cultural and strategic leadership, focusing on artistic, philanthropic and audience growth, while maintaining robust connections with government, business and artistic communities.


Reporting to the Chair, the CEO is the executive leader of PICA and public face of the organisation. A strong advocate for the organisation, for contemporary arts, and for cultural production in Perth and WA, the CEO is an active, high profile participant in Australia’s cultural sector.


The CEO is responsible for oversight of all key functions of the organisation: the overall artistic vision for a 21st century multi-arts space, organisational stakeholder management, setting the strategic and financial objectives of PICA, building brand, profile and visitation. The role is ultimately responsible for the performance, management and reputation of the organisation.


The CEO will work closely with the General Manager and other direct reports, leading, supporting, and empowering the Board, staff and artists to realise the purpose, values and vision of PICA.


The CEO will join the organisation during an exciting moment in its 30-plus-year history as PICA seeks to expand its capacity and footprint to deliver enhanced visual and performing arts experiences as part of the Perth Cultural Precinct Masterplan.


This senior national role requires an extensive knowledge of the contemporary arts sector, high level management skills, and an innate understanding of the balancing act required to achieve tremendous artistic, financial, government and community outcomes. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong record of curating and producing successful artistic programmes, a willingness to pioneer diversity and collaboration, and a clear vision to take PICA into its next phase of excellence.


The CEO Candidate Pack is available to download here.


For further information, please contact Vanessa Duscio on +61 409 977 312 / email or Richard Evans +61 417 336 507 /


Applications are due before close of business on 9 September, 2022.


PICA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. PICA encourages applications from diverse backgrounds including First Nations peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and people with disabilities.



The position is based in Perth, Australia.



PICA is open to considering differing leadership models and employment arrangements for the preferred candidate.



The initial contract will be for three to five years with the opportunity to extend by mutual agreement.