Jade Lillie

Director & CEO


Jade has held a range of executive positions in government and non-government agencies within Australia, working in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory before taking the role of Director and CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre in 2012.

Her work in Thailand and Indonesia along with her 2011-12 research in reciprocity and collaboration between Australian and SE Asian organisations, agencies and artists provided the basis for one of FCAC’s core initiatives, Collaborate Asia.

In leading FCAC, she is leading contemporary community arts practice both by example, and through her delivery of a range of arts management, strategic planning, community engagement and cultural leadership training, facilitation, professional development and consultancy.

Jade’s multidisciplinary program and partnership development and contemporary community engaged practice give her work weight within wider socio-political contexts. As such, she works extensively with health, education and community organisations within Australia, connecting them with the broader local and national conversations she is participates in and drives.

Specific to community and context, Jade’s practice and philosophy is based around her belief that arts and cultural development can, with sound engagement and social justice frameworks bring about systemic change. This informs her advocacy for communities, inclusive arts and cultural programming, and policymaking throughout Australia.

Jade has been the recipient of the prestigious Australia Council Kirk Robson Award (2009) for cultural leadership and was an Asialink Resident (Arts Management) in Thailand (2010). Jade is a Board Director for Diversity Arts Australia (formerly Kultour).