Barbican Centre appoints Arts Centre Melbourne’s Claire Spencer as inaugural CEO

After more than seven years at Arts Centre Melbourne, Spencer is leaving to run the largest performing arts centre in Europe.

The Barbican Centre, the largest performing arts centre in Europe, has announced the appointment of Claire Spencer AM as its inaugural CEO.

Spencer will finish up in her current role as CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne on 14 April before starting her new role in London in May.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts