Fiona Menzies is CEO of Creative Partnerships Australia, a role she commenced in February 2013. Before this, Fiona was Development Manager at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, where she was part of the inaugural team that established the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne in 2009. Fiona’s interest in private giving to the arts began at the University of Melbourne, where she completed her undergraduate thesis on a private arts collection donated to the State of South Australia. Fiona completed a Masters degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, focussing on a donated collection – costume designs for a ground breaking 1914 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following this, Fiona took a sidestep into politics where she worked as Adviser then Chief of Staff to two Commonwealth Government Arts Ministers. During that time, Fiona worked across the arts and film portfolio, but continued her interest in giving by playing a key role in the introduction of new measures in the taxation system to increase private sector support for the arts.
Fiona has served on the board of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, is a trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation and is currently on a school foundation board in Melbourne.
The Elephant in the Room: why don’t donors value the arts?
In the list of causes supported by donors, arts, culture and heritage causes tend to consistently rank at the bottom. What is stopping us from articulating our value? And how can we express it better in a post-coronavirus world? This panel discussion will bring experts from across the world for a lively debate about the value of the arts, and the ways in which we can communicate it to donors.