The Board of Salamanca Arts Centre is very happy to announce that Mr Joe Bugden has been appointed as the company’s CEO.
SAC Chair, Rebecca Roth made the announcement after a rigorous recruitment process that saw applications received from Tasmania, interstate and overseas.
Mrs Roth said, “I am delighted to announce that Joe Bugden will be SAC’s new CEO. His deep knowledge of not only of the Salamanca Arts Centre and its diverse arts and commercial activities, but his passion and vision for the local arts environment and where Salamanca Arts Centre will grow within that, gives the Board confidence that SAC will deliver on its mission to connect the arts, artists, and arts-based businesses with national and international audiences, peers, communities and opportunities.”
Joe commenced working with SAC as Business Manager in 2014 and brings with him 25 years’ experience in arts management and administration.
Joe worked previously at the Australian Museum, the Crafts Council of NSW and, for almost nine years, as Executive Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.  Joe has served on the Boards of Ten Days on the Island, the Hobart Fringe Festival, Island Magazine, and the Choir of High Hopes.
He holds a BA with a double major in Music and English Literature, a Masters Degree in American Literature, a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and has qualifications in Accounting.
Joe is a composer of music; his first String Quartet was premiered at the 2004 Canberra International Chamber Music Festival. Joe’s first chamber opera, The Call of Aurora, was presented at the Peacock Theatre in 2013 and his second opera, Death by Defenestration in 2016 as part of the Festival of Voices.
Joe has stated that his priorities as CEO will be developing more opportunities for local artists, both in the development and presentation of new works, and to increase community access and audiences for local arts events, exhibitions and other programs within Salamanca Arts Centre.