About Us

“Adventurous art lovers cherish the curated performance program at Arts House. It is replete with curious delights from around Australia and the world." – The Age

Who we are

Based at North Melbourne Town Hall and on the land of the Kulin Nations, Arts House is where artists and audiences gather to find new frontiers in contemporary performance.

Hyperlocal and intergalactic, our development and presentation programs create new live experiences across artforms.

A key program of the City of Melbourne, Arts House presents
Dance Massive, the Festival of Live Art and Refuge as well as
presenting art in partnership with festivals in Melbourne and
nationwide. Our development programs include CultureLAB,
Time_Place_Space and from 2019, Makeshift: professional
development and critical discussion by artists, for artists.

Image: Aeon, Lz Dunn. Photo: Bryony Jackson
Image at top: Trilogy, Nic Green. Photo: Bryony Jackson

Contact Us

To contact Arts House staff, please call or email the General Enquiries contact.

Brian Horder
(Acting) General Manager

Emily Sexton
Artistic Director
Olivia Anderson
Sarah Rowbottam
Tara Prowse
Natalie Smith
Dance Massive Project Coordinator
Busra Sharp
Dance Massive Content Producer
Tish Brennan-Steers
Dance Massive Delegate Coordinator

Claire Wilcock
Marketing Manager
Ian McAnally
House and Ticketing Manager
Claire Connors
House and Ticketing Supervisor
Jane Noonan
Communications Coordinator

Tony MacDonald
Production Manager
Luke Gleeson
Venue Technician

Will Box
Business Administrator
Leah Pavlidis
Business Support Officer
Trudy Hayter
Business Support Officer

Arts House Peer Advisors
Kristy Ayre
Ryan M Hale
Asha Bee Abrahams
S.J Norman

General Enquiries
(03) 9322 3720
Contact us via email

Box Office
Arts House Box Office is open from 9am-5pm,  Monday to Friday, and 90 minutes prior to performances.

(03) 9322 3720
Contact the box office via email

Ben Starick
Starling Communications

+61 411 029 393
Email Ben for all media enquiries


“Set out from the very beginning of a project to articulate some environmental guiding principles with your team, so everyone understands that these considerations are tantamount to the art, or indeed, that an environmental thinking can co-exist with art-making.’ Nicola Gunn, SANS HOTEL

At Arts House, we strive to be a leader in sustainability.  We consider environmental sustainability in the making, administration and delivery of works.

We have adopted greener alternatives across Arts House and promote sustainable practice across all our activities and business practices.   Some of our key sustainability initiatives include the Greenie-In-Residence Program, which saw Matt Wicking from Tipping Point spend time with us to facilitate a year-long program of workshops, consultation and networking events based on greening the arts; we have implemented a paperless ticketing system and paper-free show programs (you can view them all online); we have a very healthy compost for all staff and Arts House artists, and an edible garden on the Arts House terrace.

For more information on Arts House’s approach to sustainability please be in touch.  We’d love to chat.

Image: Howl by Aphids. Photo: Sarah Walker

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