The Power of Cultural Infrastructure: Katrina Sedgwick OAM on ‘The new ACMI’


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Katrina has been Director & CEO of ACMI since 2015. She has a particular interest in supporting cross-disciplinary practice and an extensive background as a commissioner, creative producer and festival director. Her previous roles include Head of Arts for the national broadcaster ABC TV as well as founding Director/CEO of Adelaide Film Festival. The Festival’s $1 million AUD AFF Investment Fund was recognised with a week-long celebration at MoMA in 2011. She is on a number of arts and advisory boards, and in 2020 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to performing arts, screen industries and visual arts administration.

Over the past 20 years, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has grown from an idea to the world’s most visited museum of screen culture.

On 11 February 2021, ACMI re-opened in Federation Square; after five years of planning and a twenty-month long closure, a visionary new institution was unveiled. In this talk, ACMI’s CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick OAM, will explore how the redevelopment has transformed ACMI architecturally, technologically and programmatically.

Sedgwick notes the “new museum builds upon the 18 years of success since ACMI began, and leverages the talent and capacity in our organisation and across our networks to offer a truly contemporary museum experience.”

Pre-COVID, ACMI attracted 1.5 million visitors per annum to its Federation Square premises, underlining the immense appeal of compelling cultural tourism experiences. In May 2021, ACMI opened its first Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition since 2018, Disney: The Magic of Animation. Attendance figures to the exhibition have rivalled pre-pandemic numbers, and as Sedgwick notes, “it’s just the start of things to come.”

As part of the ongoing Amplify program presented in partnership with RACV, we are proud to be working with Benalla Art Gallery to present a series of four talks by leaders in the sector exploring ‘The Power of Cultural Infrastructure’.

The talks follow the recent completion of a Feasibility Study and Business Case by Urban Enterprise into possible redevelopment of Benalla Art Gallery. The study assessed the cost benefit, and social and cultural outcomes of redevelopment. The study showed an opportunity to deliver favourably against a number of key objectives:

  1. Strengthen the Benalla Art Gallery and its role as a leading interpreter and communicator of Australia’s regional cultural heritage
  2. Strengthen Benalla and the High Country as an Arts and Cultural destination
  3. Strengthen community health, wellbeing and resilience
  4. Grow the local and regional economy
  5. Create lasting and memorable experiences
  6. Improve the storage, conservation and management of the collection
  7. Improve the long-term financial viability of the Gallery
  8. Activate the Lake and Botanical Gardens Precinct

Each presenter in this talk series explores real world achievements which resonate with these aspirational outcomes, and will provide guests with insight and inspiration in equal measure.


Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.